Dead to Rights (Joanna Brady Series #4)

Dead to Rights (Joanna Brady Series #4)

by J. A. Jance

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ISBN-13: 9780061774799
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Series: Joanna Brady Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 48,544
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and five interrelated thrillers about the Walker family, as well as a volume of poetry. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.


Bellevue, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 27, 1944

Place of Birth:

Watertown, South Dakota


B. A., University of Arizona, 1966; M. Ed. in Library Science, University of Arizona, 1970

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Chapter One

"Mom", Jenny Brady shouted, pounding on the bathroom door. "Come quick."

Joanna Brady, half-dressed in her slip, bra, and panty hose, stood in front of the steamy bathroom mirror.A mascara brush was poised in her hand.Jenny's frantic pounding startled her enough that she left a smudge of mascara under her green eyes as she hurried to throw open the door. " What is it?"

"Tigger did it again."

"Did what?"

"Got into another porcupine.Look," Jenny said, kneeling next to the panting dog. "He's got quills all over his face, even in his tongue this time."Joanna knelt beside her nine-year-old daughter to examine the injured dog. Tigger's mixed bloodlines, half golden retriever/half pit bull-had left him looking more comical than fierce. He had the blunt nose and the white eye patch of a pit bull combined with a lush, flowing golden retriever coat. Now he stood there, patient and dejected, letting Joanna study him. His head resembled a pincushion, only the pins in question were three-to-four inches long and a quarter of an inch wide. Threads of bloody drool dangled from his mouth and dripped onto the tile floor,

"What about Sadie?" Joanna asked, referring to their other dog, a female bluetick hound.

"Sadie's fine." Jenny struggled to hold back her tears. "She's eating and Tigger can't, so I brought him inside."Joanna Brady, sheriff of Cochise County in the farsoutheastern comer of the state of Arizona, glanced at her watch and then back into her daughter's blue eyes. There wasn't much time. The last thing she needed was some new crisis on the home front as she set off to fight her department's budget wars. still, theseriousness of the quills embedded in Tigger's nose precluded any delay.

"That was good thinking," Joanna said, touching Jenny's shoulder and trying to reassure her troubled child that she had done the right thing. "If we hurry, I'll have time to drop him off at Doc Buckwalter's on my way to the board of supervisors meeting. Do you think you can load him into the Blazer while I finish getting dressed?"

Jenny nodded wordlessly and started toward the kitchen, with the dog trailing obediently at her heels. "And, Jenny?"

Jenny stopped and turned back to her mother. The tears were flowing now, sliding down her cheeks, dripping onto her blouse. It wounded Joanna, made her heart hurt, that Jenny had tried so hard to keep her tears from showing.

"What?" Jenny asked.

"Make a bed for him in the backseat with some Of those old clean blankets from the laundry room," Joanna cautioned. "Otherwise he's likely to drip all over the carpet."

Nodding again, Jenny set off.

The new Blazer Joanna drove was, after all, a county owned vehicle. She wasn't eager to explain to the guys in Motor Pool how bloodstains found in the back of her vehicle came from a dog so terminally dumb as to go after a porcupine-most likely the same one-for the third time in as many months. Back in the bathroom Joanna repaired the mascara damage and ran a brush through her red hair. It was getting too long, she noticed. She'd have to have it cut soon, although she had delayed going back to the beauty shop because she was still irked about Jenny's awful and unauthorized permanent.While Joanna had been off in Phoenix attending a police officer training school, her mother, Eleanor Lathrop, had engineered a trip to Helene's Salon of Hair and Beauty for her granddaughter as a "surprise" for Joanna with disastrous results. Jenny's fine blond hair had been chemically fried to a crisp in the process. Two months later, she still looked as though she had put her finger in an electrical socket. And although Joanna held her mother primarily responsible, she was still peeved at Helen Barco, the beautician, as well.

Hurrying into the bedroom, Joanna grabbed clothes from the closet.Since most of the day would be taken up with meetings with the Cochise County Board of Supervisors, she was tempted to leave her body armor at home. Supervisor meetings were held in an overheated conference room and the soft body armor always made the heat that much worse. But Joanna was a sheriff who was determined to lead by example.Since she was trying to convince her officers of the advisability of wearing bullet-resistant vests whenever they were on duty, she put hers on as well. Besides, considering the fact that the new sheriff's honeymoon period with the board was already over, maybe wearing body armor to the meeting wasn't all that bad an idea.

Jenny came back into the bedroom and dropped onto the bed. Her eyes were stiff red, but she was no longer crying. "Can I go with you to drop Tigger off?" she asked.

Joanna shook her head. "I don't think so, sweetie. Look at the time.If I take you by the clinic and then to school, we'll both end up being late. If you want to, though, you can ride with me as far as the bus stop."

Joanna thought her reply was perfectly reasonable. Jenny's response was not. "I hate school!" she lashed out with an unexpected vehemence that took Joanna by surprise.,"And I hate meetings, too! You always have to go to meetings. You're always in a hurry!"

With that, Jenny turned and stormed out of the room, slamming the door behind her. Joanna hurried after her. "Jenny"..."I don't want to ride with you!" Jenny yelled angrily from the laundry-room door. "I'll ride my bike to the bus stop, and I don't care if you take Tigger to the vet or not.Just leave him here if you want to. That way you won't be late."

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Dead to Rights 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I am enjoying the Joanna Brady series I am disappointed in the editing. For a ten dollar ebook I want a professional job. Butch was Dutch for a moment, mispelled words, missing capital letters, etc. I spend a lot of money on these ebooks and I find these mistakes more and more, bummer. The story is good, editing not so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mysteries with an oh so human protagonist who grows with each volume. Highly recommended series best read in chronological order.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Dead to Rights by J.A. Jance. By now I really am liking the primary characters. This story had a good twist and had an interesting plot. I plan on reading all of the Joanna Brady series books by Jance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really snese that the series is building and hasn't even gotten to the best part. We are still in the introduction to Joanna's life as a mom/sheriff. She blossoms in this book, along with many other characters. The writing is seemingly a lot better. It feels like Jance has finally settled into the series and is comfortable, and more compeelling in her style. Although the murder mystery in this book wasn't toally there for me, and was a bit slow, I enjoyed the book immenselly for the reasons I just explained. I will definetly read the rest of the series.
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MrsLee on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Joanna Brady is beginning to find her way as a new sheriff, widow and single mother. In this book, she and her crew are put through the crucible as several deaths in the community call for their attention. One murder, one suicide, a couple of manslaughters and budget cuts on top of it all. Sheriff Brady is finding her way through her emotions, learning to discern between her gut feelings and good solid detective work. I enjoy watching her grow and work out her relations with her coworkers and family. The mystery in this story left me feeling that there were a lot of loose ends and surmises, but I didn't really mind that.
CatieN on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Joanna Brady is grieving for her husband who was killed by a hit man, struggling with single parenthood, and has just been elected sheriff of the county. The local vet is murdered, and there is an obvious suspect but Joanna does not think he is guilty. Another murder happens that has nothing to do with the first, and things are a mess in the county. I have read other Joanna Brady books in that series and have enjoyed them as light mysteries, but this one never really comes together, very disjointed and slows waaaay down in the middle. By the time the reader finds out the answer to who-done-it, he or she doesn't really care anymore.
dara85 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I am a mystery fan and I decided I like this series not always so much for the mystery, as for the imperfect characters. Joanna's relationship with her mother just makes me laugh sometimes. I plan on continuing the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not many twists or turns in the mystery. Sluggish dialogue, no growth in the characters. Too much melodrama.
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gpaheck More than 1 year ago
One of those I hate to put it down books!
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