Duel to the Death (Ali Reynolds Series #13)

Duel to the Death (Ali Reynolds Series #13)

by J. A. Jance

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Overview

The New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance returns with the thirteenth pulse-pounding thriller in the “engaging and entertaining” (Los Angeles Times) Ali Reynolds series.

After taking down the man responsible for his best friend’s death, Stuart Ramey believes the case is finally closed. That is, until Stu discovers he’s been left with a multimillion dollar fortune in Bitcoin in a desperate attempt by Frigg, a rogue A.I. program created by the killer, to keep itself from being fully deactivated.

To take Frigg down for good, Stu enlists the help of Ali Reynolds and the rest of his cyber security colleagues at High Noon Enterprises. But they are not the only ones who know about Frigg’s existence.

Graciella Miramar, an unassuming accountant to all appearances, is actually the right-hand woman to El Pescado, the leader of a dangerous drug cartel. She’ll do anything to get her hands on that program. With Frigg’s help, Graciella hopes to take over El Pescado’s criminal underworld and become wealthy beyond her wildest dreams. But Stu—and El Pescado and his henchmen—may not be so easily defeated.

As the “grand master of the game” (The Providence Journal), J.A. Jance crafts another electrifying thriller that shows that everything has its price.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501150999
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Series: Ali Reynolds Series , #13
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 41,561
Product dimensions: 4.12(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, and the Joanna Brady series, as well as five interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tuscon, Arizona. Visit her online at JAJance.com.

Hometown:

Bellevue, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 27, 1944

Place of Birth:

Watertown, South Dakota

Education:

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

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Duel to the Death


  • For ten years after earning her MBA, Graciella Miramar lived what seemed to be a perfectly normal and circumspect life in Panama City, Panama, sharing a two-bedroom condo unit with her invalid mother, Christina. El Sueño, their aging condominium complex, was located on Calle 61 Este, well within walking distance of Graciella’s account manager job with a financial firm located in a low-rise office building on Vía Israel a few blocks away.

    Anyone observing Graciella out on the street would have found her totally unremarkable. She wore no wedding ring, but the clothing she favored—modest dresses topped by cardigans and worn with sensible shoes—gave her a somewhat matronly appearance that belied the fact that she was in her early thirties. Her long dark hair was lush enough and could have been cut and styled in an attractive fashion, but she insisted on wearing it pulled back into a severe bun that would have done credit to a librarian. It was a look she had originally adopted in order to stay below the touchy/feely radar of her boss, Arturo Salazar, who was well known for making inappropriate sexual advances. In the long run, though, she had maintained the plain-Jane look because it helped keep other people at bay as well.

    Had anyone interviewed Graciella’s neighbors, including the other residents on El Sueño’s fifth floor, he or she would have heard them sing her praises. She was quiet and soft-spoken. They regarded her as a kind young woman and a devoted daughter who was spending what should have been the best years of her life caring for a troubled, housebound mother. For years the older woman’s only regular excursions outside the building had come about on those Sunday mornings when Graciella had bundled her mother into a cab to take them both to mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Calle 69 Este.

    Yes, Graciella Miramar was an altogether ordinary young woman who, for all intents and purposes, appeared to be living an altogether ordinary life. There was nothing in her actions or demeanor that suggested what she really was—a stone-cold killer in the making, waiting patiently for the proper time and place when she would strike out and claim her first victim. And even then, after it happened, the people around her and the ones who knew her best never suspected a thing.

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    Duel to the Death 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Excellent read! I love the Ali Reynolds series and this book really pulled me in from the beginning. It's great that J.A. Jance continued with Frigg from the previous book in the series. But you don't have to have read any of the others to understand the characters and the back story. She did a tremendous job of giving you a quick history so that anyone could pick this book up and be up to date. Not all books in a series are written that way. I hope that we get to read more about Frigg in future books in the series. It was right up to date with what's going on with technology. If you've never read any of her books, I'm sure you'll definitely try other ones after reading this one. Looking forward to the next one. J.A. Jance is a very talented author.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Another excellent book by Ms. Jance. If you try one of her books, I can guarantee you will look forward to her next book as I do.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Mind blowing awesome storyline. Couldn’t put it down! Scary story involving AI, computer taking over for good after being used for evil!
    AHHP More than 1 year ago
    I love JA Jance. I did find this book a bit tedious to read due to th computer generated person. I hope she sticks to all humans in the future. She is o e of my favorite authors.
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    As+usual+this+is+a+great+read.++Get+ready+for+all+kinds+of+surprises.+
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This was a fascinating look at cyber crime and a glimpse of the future of AI. Computer nerd Stuart Ramey inherits a AI with no morals and along with it a boatload of money. The book follows his efforts to deal with this and with a drug cartel whose principal finance person wants the AI for herself.
    LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
    Frigg is the name given to the AI created by Owen Hansen. After his death, Frigg has been reactivated by Stuart Ramey only to find that he has to contact a company in Panama to obtain the codes needed to get the money in his account. Frigg transferred the money from Hansen to Stuart when the AI learned that Hansen was going to shut her down. Stuart contacts Graciella Miramar and has no idea she is the daughter of El Pescado, head of a ruthless Mexican cartel. Stuart needs the money to pay taxes on the amount put in his name. Graciella wants Frigg for herself and the power it can bring her. Frigg knows that Graciella is one of the bad guys and she and Stuart have to figure the best way out of the situation. Stuart works for High Noon Enterprises, a company owned by Ali Reynolds and her husband.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago