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Product Details

  • Series: Joanna Brady Mysteries (Book 13)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060746785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060746780
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sheriff Joanna Brady and her staff face a host of challenges while her husband, Butch, tends their infant son in bestseller Jance's solid 13th novel to feature the Cochise County, Ariz., cop (after Dead Wrong). A woman shoots a home intruder, an elderly couple drive their car off a cliff and a mysterious fire kills an older man and leaves three homeless. Were these accidents or something more sinister? When Det. Jaime Carbajal's nephew discovers a body in the desert, the investigation leads to a shady organization that operates halfway houses for troubled and disabled persons. Meanwhile, Joanna must deal with her interfering mother, who exhibits a sudden personality change, and the discovery of family secrets about her late father and late first husband. As usual, Jance beautifully evokes the desert and towns of her belovedsouthwest as well as the strong individuals who live there. 10-city author tour. (Aug.)
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Cochise County, Arizona, Sheriff Joanna Brady is a sleep-deprived new mother working long hours on several investigations. An elderly couple’s car soars over the guardrail at Montezuma Pass Overlook. Were their deaths suicide, or is something more sinister going on? The couple’s feuding daughters add complications. Meanwhile, a teenager, a nephew of one of Joanna’s deputies, finds skeletal remains in a garbage bag and later turns up missing. On the home front, Joanna and her husband, author Butch Dixon, must share child-care duties, while Joanna also deals with her rocky relationship with her mother, who is at odds with Joanna’s stepfather, the county medical examiner. Police procedure, county budget woes, and the problems inherent in law-enforcement agencies cooperating with one another frame the fast-paced mystery. This thirteenth in a series ends with substantive changes coming to Joanna’s department. --Sue O'Brien --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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25 of 28 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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Loves to Knit on August 25, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Joanne Brady is the sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, a mother and a wife, but daily she struggles to maintain a balance between her three major roles. One long weekend stretches the resources of her department to the limit. Alfred and Martha Beasley have a pleasant picnic near Huachuca Mountain; afterward they calmly speed on the mountain until the vehicle goes over the side. It was a double suicide as Alfred feared he had Alzheimer's and neither he nor his wife could live with that sentence.

Then after a violent storm, two garbage bags tied together are found in the desert and inside are the skeletal remains of mentally impaired Wanda Mappin who lived in a group home run by Flannigan Foundation. Wanda complained to her mother before she died that her friend Wayne was missing. The Foundation listed her as missing soon after she disappeared, but the Foundation waited two months to report it.

The Beasley's two adult daughters have not spoken to each other for decades. They come to town to deal with the deaths of their parents and the estate. They end up in jail for drunk and disorderly conduct. When they are released one of them has a psychotic break down and holds her sister hostage, but soon after the other too goes over the edge. A woman kills an intruder in her home thinking he is her boyfriend when it is a stranger linked to another case while an elderly person dies in a trailer fire while his daughter and children survive. Joanne has had a long weekend.

This is just the tip of the iceberg as there are more crimes and deaths and plenty of people with information who fail to step forward. Although somewhat overwhelming in a novel with so much big and small happening, realism hits home as J.A.
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