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Left for Dead: A Novel (Ali Reynolds Series) Hardcover – February 7, 2012
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And Santa Cruz Sheriff Renteria isn't the only one determined to uncover answers to the latest crime spree to hit the area south of Tucson near the Mexican border. In this latest Ali Reynolds story, LEFT FOR DEAD captures the essence of current-day Arizona and the struggles of law enforcement to separate the illegal immigrants from the drug cartels and the regular, everyday evildoers. Somehow the good guys have to figure out how a brutally beaten young woman, a critically wounded police officer, and a dead postman in southern Arizona tie into a dead pimp in Phoenix and millionaire pervert in Fountain Hills.
Series star Ali Reynolds returns, but not as the police officer she recently trained to become. Just as she graduated from the Police Academy, Arizona faced a serious budget crunch and new officers were put on hold. Luckily for Ali, she was not desperate for a job because her cheating spouse died before he could change his will, and his substantial fortune went to her. Perfect poetic justice. So, while waiting to be able to use her police training, Ali serves as organizer for several charities and often gets involved in helping people like her former academy classmate, Jose Reyes, who was shot and left to die while making a traffic stop.
When Ali leaves her home in Sedona and heads down to Mercy Medical Center in Tucson, she is hoping to be able to help Jose's pregnant wife with their two little girls and investigate the events surrounding the shooting.Read more ›
The mystery packs quite the punch in this story, although the personal side that Jance is typically good at seems a little weaker than usual. Mayhap because the pacing is a little off; the story begins in brutal style - with the detailed attack on 'Breeze' (hint she isn't the cop) then the shooting of the cop. Meanwhile Reynolds potters around home discussing her parents approaching retirement.
Rather than the tension turning up a notch when she somes on the scene, everything seems to slow as all the minor characters get fleshed out. Also while the mystery plot has the appropriate amount of violent tension, I found myself unable to suspend my disbelief when the plot was explained.
Like all series I'm sure fans will like, if you're new to the series I wouldn't start with this one, test the waters with an earlier one like Cruel Intent..
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The main problem with the Ali Reynolds series is Ali's personal life. If you've read one of the series before, you know she has a couple of large homes, an English butler, grown... Read morePublished 1 month ago by biscotti
Enjoyable enough for a lazy reading day. I usually skip over much of the stories on former characters and get to the murder incident.Published 2 months ago by June Ahern
To my surprise, I liked this book. I haven't enjoyed the Ali Reynolds series, finding the books to be poorly written and not up to Jance's normal caliber. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DRob
J.A. Jance is prolific and all of her books are page turners. I would recommend all of her different series!Published 4 months ago by David Walker