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Damage Control Audio, Cassette – 2008

Book 13 of 16 in the Joanna Brady Mysteries Series

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Recorded Books (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1436121701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1436121705
  • ASIN: B005COPXEM
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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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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I read and re-read her books.
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She weaves an interesting and imaginative plot as well as makes the characters live, holding one's interest through the culmination of the mystery.
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I have read the whole Joanna Brady series and was waiting impatiently for this next one to be written and published.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Popular Arizona author J. A. Jance is an expert at opening her stories with grabbers. She pulls this off again in Damage Control by introducing Lauren Dayson, a young woman, "a good girl daughter" in jeopardy.

After Lauren's junior year in college she had moved in with Rick Mosier . He was kind of a wild guy, prone to carrying knives in his backpack. She was sure pairing with him would drive her parents crazy. Rebellion time for this once obedient daughter!

Nonetheless, Rick had once fascinated her - until he blackened her eye for supposedly flirting then later broke her arm. Fascination turned to fear so she moved into her own apartment, had window bars installed, even bought and learned how to shoot a Glock 26 semiautomatic. He had sworn that he would get to her even though she "papered Pima County with restraining orders," and she believed him.

Awakened one night by the barking of her little dog, Lauren just knew Rick had broken in. Mustering all of her courage, she sat up in bed , waiting until a tall form entered her room and then she fired - again and again and again. She had killed him and she had every right to save for the fact that the dead man was not Rick.

Case 1 for Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady. It doesn't seem difficult, and what Joanna doesn't need is anything tough as she's a hard working mom to a baby and a teenager, married to a writer, and her mother doesn't make life easy. True to form, of course, it is a very tough case - not at all what it seems.

Then Case 2 faces her when an old car drives through a retaining wall to do a half gainer off a mountain side. It's necessary to use a helicopter to reach the victims, but victims aren't all Joanna discovers.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Loves to Knit on August 25, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
Warning: spoilers

Now, I love Joanna Brady. I love the series so much I drove hours from Tucson TWICE to visit Bisbee. But this book was a frustrating read. I kept waiting for the main story line to begin, only instead of a main story line, it was a series of fragmented stories. No mention of the beauty of the desert in Cochise County, no mention that Butch is apparently set for life after selling his restaurant in Glendale, or that Joanna inherited $300K in insurance money after her first husband was murdered, no mention of lots of details that were established in earlier books. I find that insulting. And how did Jenny get Kiddo her horse to Cassie's place? Off the highways, it's all mountain and steep gorges 'round those parts.

What else? Oh yes: a 4 month old does not get bottles at night any longer. Especially if the 4 month is started on solid food. Joanna and Butch and baby should be sleeping more during the night. And Joanna doesn't spend nearly as much time as she should with her baby. She has deputies! I'm a working mother too, but the descriptions of Joanna's days without meals or sleep are ridiculous. Why does she have to come off as a superwoman or martyr? It's the worst portrayal, in my opinion, of Joanna since "Partners in Crime" (one case with JP and she's ready to abandon Butch?).

The opening chapter set such a tone of terror but its denouement (for this strand of the story) was so unsatisfactory, I wanted to throw the book in disgust.

And how did Larry Wolfe manage to drive from Cochise County to Hudspeth County Texas in something like 2 hours? Just to drive from Gallup NM to Albuquerque takes on the order of 4 hrs, and that's only half across NM.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Roberts on November 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have not read all of the Joanna Brady books so not sure how her character has morphed but I found Joanna's character to be a bit annoying in this one. (I have read a couple others and didn't find her quite so annoying in the other 2) I don't know if the author is intentionally making her an insecure character or it's just the way I'm preceiving it. She is never home and when she is she finds fault with all of Butch's decisions. Someone has to take care of things. She has a baby boy she hardly spends any time with and when she does I don't sense any cuddling or caring about what she's doing. The same with Butch-now this isn't a romance book but this is her husband and other than a quick peck on the cheek that's it and that usually comes from Butch. She has to be in control at all times at work also. Her staff is quite capable of making decisions and Frank even advises her from time to time that she's making a mistake but she won't back down because she ALWAYS has to make the decision. No wonder he leaves by the end of the book. And how lame was it when one of her deputies gets killed and she goes on and on about how it was his own fault because he didn't call for back up. IT didn't seem like when you heard a noise that you would immediately call for back up but want to check it out first. It might have just been an animal prowling and by the time back up came it would probably have been too late anyway.

The mystery itself might have been okay as a storyline but I just felt Joanna personnaly was very annoying. Even the suspicion that her husband had an affair. Years after his death she looks at a picture on the wall of the break room and sees a blonde woman and suddenly thinks her husband was having an affair with her. That was pretty far out!
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