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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: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

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

Customer Reviews

The characters are consistent and very well created.
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19 of 21 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Jones VINE VOICE on February 19, 2014
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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 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ellen Spann on February 20, 2014
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I loved catching up with Ali and B. Definitely a must read for all fans of J. A. Janice. Great story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jaxine on February 22, 2014
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J.A. Jance never disappoints me with her books, I started this book and by day two I was finished. It's one of her books that you had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next. I am now looking forward to her new book due out in July, 2014, it's her Joanna Brady series. This is worth the money and then some.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RevTJ on May 3, 2014
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I've read every Jance novel and was really looking forward to this one, but was really disappointed by the weak plotting and character development. I rarely write negative reviews.

As other reviews state, it starts off as two stories. It really does start off well, with much anticipation for the kind of action you usually find in a Jance book. In particular, I was really looking forward to the backstory on Leland. However, about halfway through it's like Jance just left the Leland story with an obvious (really obvious) close for which I felt cheated and with a really thin connection (maybe even contrived) to the other story. Characters are introduced and just jettisoned. Jance could have made a really suspenseful story about Leland in England, but just as it was beginning it's "We have to go."

And, the story that's left, about the young boy and the software suddenly takes a turn for the absurd. If it had gotten any more absurd I would say Jance jumped the shark. I kept thinking "What the…where did that come from? It makes no sense." The denouement was a joke. REALLY? The absurdities and things thrown in to make the plot move required a need to suspend belief at all levels. Conspiracies that are never explained like why the boy is made an example and sent to juvie, villains that suddenly become apparent because of cyber snooping, and at the end the rescue happens because time has been suspended. Hard to explain without a lot of spoilers. Ali, B and Leland just fly around a lot. They are never in jeopardy. Sister Anslem is no relation to the Sister Anselm of the past. Leland is a hero because he can handle small children, dogs, and wardrobe problems.
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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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