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As if remodeling an old mansion near picturesque Sedona, Ariz., isn't stress enough for Ali Reynolds, the plucky former TV newscaster must also deal with cybernetic lonely hearts, frustrated lust and murder in bestseller Jance's uneven fourth Ali Reynolds thriller (after Hand of Evil). After serial killer Peter Winter claims his fifth victim, who happens to be the unfaithful wife of Ali's contractor, Bryan Forester, homicide detective Dave Holman suspects Bryan did it. At considerable personal risk, Ali has to clear Bryan in order to get her house ready for Thanksgiving dinner with her gossipy, meddling mother, Edie; her son, Chris; Chris's amputee fiancée; sometime boyfriend Holman; and the rest of her cozily predictable entourage. A too conveniently noted license plate number and some unlikely Taser-wielding by Edie undermine credibility. Still, Jance's trademark breathless pace compensates for stale situations and shallow characterizations. Author tour. (Dec.)
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Starred Review. American Mystery Award winner Jance's (www.jajance.com) fourth entry in his Ali Reynolds series finds the ex-television journalist defending her contractor when he's accused of having murdered his wife. Ali is mercifully no longer blogging at cutlooseblog.com, a narrative element that weighed down previous books in this series. The text is well written, engaging, and humorous, and the audio production, too, is of stellar quality, with actress Karen Ziemba giving each character a distinct personality. Other factors making this the best series offering to date are the addition of new characters and a tighter plot. Recommended.—Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ
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Product Details

  • Series: Ali Reynolds Series
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; Reprint edition (November 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141656635X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416566359
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.A. Jance is the top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series; the J. P. Beaumont series; three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family; and Edge of Evil, the first in a series featuring Ali Reynolds. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By George Webster, Ph.D., VINE VOICE on December 18, 2008
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We often hear of the dangers from predators lurking on the internet. Now, prolific mystery writer, J.A.Jance, has written a nicely chilling and satisfying tale of a psychopath stalking women on the web. He uses a web site, singleatheart.com, that attracts married women looking for sex with someone besides their husband. Ex-TV journalist Ali Reynolds (You may have met her in Jance's Hand of Evil, Web of Evil, and Edge of Evil.) becomes interested when the wife of the building contractor restoring her house is brutally murdered. Naturally, the husband is suspected, but Ali does not believe it. She starts snooping, finds the web site, and innocently draws the attention of the psychopath. After that, the story plunges into breathtaking suspense, as the murderer decides that Ali is a threat, and he must find her and kill her. It comes to a great climax in a thoroughly enjoyable story.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Kalman VINE VOICE on January 7, 2009
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JA Jance is one of the authors whose books I buy in hardcover as soon as they come out. I follow and look forward to both her Joanna Brady and JP Beaumont series. When heard that she started another series, this with Ali Reynolds, I couldn't wait to try it out.

This is the last in that series I'll read. I expect detectives, police, rescue workers and so on to approach trouble. I can even deal with an intellectual non-professional like Miss Marple or the title characters in the current TV series Numbers and Mentalist working along with the door-bangers and gun-carriers to solve the mystery. However, I just can't buy into a retired newscaster stumbling upon mayhem and murder, then being better focused and smarter than the law enforcement professionals.

In addition to all that, the underlying plot line is quite plausible, but Jance focused more on the involvement of the characters with each other than on the mystery. Other authors, such as John Harvey in Lonely Hearts (ISBN-10: 1932859446) did a much better job with the same concept.

This book took me through a long plane ride. If I had had the ability to put it down and switch to a different book, I would have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By No Zombies on January 16, 2009
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I enjoyed this mystery novel. From the beginning, things start getting tangled up to the point where you wonder if the mystery is ever going to be solved. Finally, things do start getting untangled and the "bad guy" gets his due. J. A. Jance, an author new to me, keeps things moving and kept me turning the pages. I'll definitely take a look at her other novels.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michelle L. Beck VINE VOICE on December 28, 2008
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Ali Reynolds (divorcee and single mother) is having her Sedona home renovated and finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery. Bryan Forester, her contractor, is the prime suspect in his wife's (Morgan) death, and only Ali believes in his innocence (after all she was blamed for her ex-husband's death). While uncovering clues to Morgan's death (which involve a single's dating site) and cheating spouses, Ali also deals with a well meaning mother (Edie), an ex-lover/Detective (Dave Holman) who is convinced of Bryan's guilt, her son's pending marriage, the construction of her house, a serial killer, and the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays (of which she has promised to host and prepare dinner for her entire family).

Two things that I loved about the story were the well meaning butler (Leland Brooks) and the one-eyed cat. While I am not sure that this was a stand alone novel (there were several references to past novels or storylines) I really enjoyed "Cruel Intent". This was my first Jance novel, and I found it to be easy to understand and entertaining. And although you know from the beginning who the killer is, you enjoy reading about his eventual unmasking and capture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Jenkins VINE VOICE on January 9, 2009
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I always like the books Jance pens and this one was no exception. I was never bored as the story raced along. I found the supporting characters likeable and the villian chilling. Some of the action was a bit over the top in places but I would laugh at some well-written antic then turn the page and gasp at the next gruesome revelation. An enjoyable and fun who-done-it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez VINE VOICE on May 17, 2009
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Those familiar with this series already know that even though Ali Reynolds has nothing to do with crime investigations in the formal sense, she always ends up involved in a murder or series of murders one way or the other. this is also the case in this installment, but far from following the formula in the previous books, Jance decides to cut many of the patterns and start fresh.

The first noticeable difference is that the author decided to drop the "... of Evil" from the title. Also, this is the only of the four books that does not start with a murder involving a vehicle. But maybe the two biggest differences are that blogspot does not play a major role in this case and that this is not really a mystery, but more of a thriller instead. One aspect that I enjoyed in the previous books was the fact that Ali interacted with many people through her blog, this provided a "fresher" side to the plot and kept things entertaining. At first I was worried when I realized that the blog was not going to be a factor in this novel, but Jance used other elements to keep things moving an entertaining. In this case, the secondary plot line that has to do with how Ali is going to assign the scholarships she administers provides us with an entertaining break from the action.

The fact that this is not really a mystery and that we know who the killer is just from the start did not bother me, but I am aware that there are many people that are not going to feel the same way. There are other factors that I look forward to in a series that are present here, like character development and a continuation of the personal stories of the main characters, that are present here and compensate from the lack of the whodunit element.

The bottom line is that this is a fun and fast read that I enjoyed.
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