A teenage prostitute is beaten, raped, and tortured on the same day a cop, Jose Reyes, is shot while making a routine traffic stop; both are left for dead and eventually taken to the same Tucson hospital. When Ali Reynolds arrives at the hospital to help the family of her former police-academy classmate Reyes, she finds her old friend Sister Anselm acting as patient advocate for the heavily sedated young woman. But Ali is soon offering more than comfort when evidence appears to implicate both Jose and his pregnant wife, Teresa, in drug trafficking. Sleuthing is clearly more satisfying for former reporter and cop Ali than administering a private charity fund, her new job. This seventh in the Ali Reynolds series (after Fatal Error, 2011) has enough backstory to bring new readers up to speed, and it’s suffused with an old-home-week feeling as it advances the lives of its protagonist and those around her. Entertaining on all counts. --Michele Leber
About the Author
J.A. Jance is the New York Times
bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, as well as four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Born in South Dakota, and brought up in Brisbee, Arizona, Jance and her husband live in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.