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Moving Target (Alison Reynolds) Hardcover – February 18, 2014


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Product Details

  • Series: Alison Reynolds (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; First Edition edition (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476745005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476745008
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just weeks before her wedding, Ali Reynolds accompanies eightysomething Leland Brooks, her longtime beloved majordomo, to England for his first trip back to his homeland in almost 60 years, a visit that reveals shocking family secrets. Meanwhile, Ali’s fiancé, B. Simpson, head of high-tech security company High Noon Enterprises, is diverted from his international business by the plight of teenage computer wunderkind Lance Tucker. Put in juvenile detention after breaking into his Texas school district’s computer system, Lance is almost fatally injured in what is deemed an accident. But as the bodies pile up, including those of Lance’s math teacher and a maintenance man at the detention center, it’s clear that someone badly wants GHOST, “the cyber version of Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak” that allows undetected web surfing, developed by Lance and his late teacher. In the ninth Ali Reynolds outing (after Deadly Stakes, 2013), Jance adroitly combines well-rounded characterizations and brisk storytelling with high-tech exploits, arson, kidnappings, and a shootout for an entertaining and suspenseful addition to this solid series. --Michele Leber

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“Jance skillfully avoids the predictable. . . . Her crisp plotting, sharp characters and realistic dialogue carry Moving Target through its many surprising twists.” (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

“Lots of action, and the book is fast-paced and technology-savvy.” (Tuscon Weekly)

“The story, on two continents, is complicated and interesting, but the best thing is the characters, rich and deep and believable.” (San Jose Mercury News)

"Jance adroitly combines well-rounded characterizations and brisk storytelling with high-tech exploits, arson, kidnappings, and a shootout for an entertaining and suspenseful addition to this solid series." (Booklist)

"Jance delivers a devilish page-turner." (People)

"Heart-stopping . . . Jance deftly brings the desert, people, and towns of southeastern Arizona to life." (Publishers Weekly)

"An intriguing plot, colorful characters." (San Diego Union-Tribune)

"Characters so real you want to reach out and hug—or strangle—them. Her dialogue always rings true." (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

"J.A. Jance is addictive because of moments that just rise up and make things so real you'll swear you are a part of the book. . . . Jance will charm you into reading everything by her you can find." (Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon))

"Prolific Jance . . . [carries] readers swiftly to an unexpected conclusion." (Kirkus Reviews)

“Fast pacing, multiple plotlines, a fascinating look at online research, and sympathetic characters all provide appeal in Jance’s suspenseful story.” (Booklist)

“Series fans will welcome the familiar supporting cast, including computer nerd Stuart Ramey and boyfriend B. Simpson.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Engaging . . . Ali charms the locals into giving valuable if inadvertent clues.” (Publishers Weekly)

"Entertaining on all counts." (Booklist)

“Loyal fans and newcomers alike will be glad to join feisty Ali in her latest adventure.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A truly thrilling case with red herrings, characters coming out of the woodwork, back stories that will make you gasp, and a conclusion that you will not see coming!" (Suspense Magazine)

"Jance starts her books fast . . . and keeps things moving with cinematic panache. . . . You want an accessible thriller? Jance is your gal . . . Engaging and entertaining." (Los Angeles Times)

"Compelling... satisfying." -- USA Today

More About the Author

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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Police academy-trained former reporter Ali Reynolds is stressed with wedding plans and welcomes the opportunity to accompany her friend and assistant Leland Brooks on a trip to England where he hopes to face his estranged family. While there, details of Leland's past emerge that involves the decades old unsolved murder of his father and Ali finds herself investigating on his behalf.

Back in Texas Ali's fiance and computer security expert, B. Simpson, has also become involved in investigating a crime against teenage computer genius Lance Tucker who is serving time as a juvenile for hacking into the San Leandro School District's computer system in protest of the school's proposal to require a GPS chip on every student and faculty member. While decorating the facility's rec room for Christmas, Lance is set on fire and severely burned. Police conclude it was self-inflicted but B. Simpson, who helped put Lance in jail, believes he was targeted and feels obligated to find out who is behind the attack and why. Before his incarceration, Lance had developed computer software that would allow users to surf any part of the web completely undetected - technology that would be invaluable to criminals and B. suspects this is why Lance was targeted.

Ali and B. are united in their search for answers as they help each other solve their respective cases while thousands of miles apart. B. tries to protect Lance as he recovers in the hospital while Ali finds herself the target of an unknown person or persons who don't want clues from the past uncovered concerning Leland's father. Both cases come together in an unexpected way that finds Ali and B. fighting for their lives.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Jones VINE VOICE on February 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I have been a fan of the Ali Reynolds books from the beginning and the series just keeps getting better. In fact I think Moving Target is the best book yet. Moving Target had two mysteries going at the same time. We get to meet Leland Brook’s family in England and watch Ali solve a cold case that involves Leland’s family. At the same time Ali and B. are planning their wedding while also helping solve a mystery involving a teen hacker that B. helped catch.

I enjoyed seeing more of Leland and meeting his family. All of the action continued to flesh out his character. The action also added additional dimensions to Ali, B. and Sister Anselm’s characters. Moving Target is a character driven mystery series. Jance has continued to build the main characters while putting some new and interesting people in the mix. I see an interesting future for Lance Tucker and his family. I hope we see more of them in future books. The two mysteries are structured to allow a lot of character action while also providing a logical solution to both the mystery involving Leland and the mystery involving Lance. In addition B. provided a very elegant solution for Lance’s immediate future.

You can start reading the Ali Reynolds books with Moving Target but I recommend starting at the beginning. With only 6 books in the series so far you can catch up in a hurry.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By HaviLover on February 20, 2014
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Great read that actually starts with two separate plots. Fortunately by midway through the stories converge and eventually get wrapped up in a nice neat package.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Suncoast TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 22, 2014
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"Moving Target" is one of the most unexciting crime/cyber thrillers that I have read recently. It is a lot of mundane private detective mumbo jumbo mixed up with a bit of cyber nonsense to give it a contemporary feel.

Ali Reynolds is getting stressed with plans for her forthcoming wedding to wizard computer security expert, B. Simpson. She is only too happy to go with her octogenarian gay assistant Leland Brooks to see his estranged family in England that he hasn't seen since his father disowned him at the end of the Korean War because of his sexuality. The big plus is that she can choose a wedding dress away from the watching eye of her interfering mother.

While in England they meet with Leland's mixed up family ranging from a charming and helpful gay young man to a couple of bitter and nasty cousins - Maisie and Daisy (oh dear!). In the process they find out that nobody had told Leland that his father was murdered and the case is still open. Ali and Leland get access to bloodstained clothing and set out to get DNA to try to prove that the murderer was Leland's unscrupulous but now dead brother, Langston.

Back in Texas teenage computer genius Lance Tucker has developed some ground-breaking software GHOST that will revolutionise web security. Before he can finalise the software he is put into juvenile detention after he hacked and closed down the school district's computer system in protest at a proposal that all students should wear a trackable identity bracelet. While Lance is in detention someone sprays him with a flammable liquid and sets him on fire. His computer teacher apparently commits suicide and Lance and his family are in danger from people wanting to use the software for criminal purposes.

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