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Cruel Intent Hardcover – December 2, 2008

4.3 out of 5 stars 182 customer reviews
Book 4 of 10 in the Ali Reynolds Series

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As if remodeling an old mansion near picturesque Sedona, Ariz., isn't stress enough for Ali Reynolds, the plucky former TV newscaster must also deal with cybernetic lonely hearts, frustrated lust and murder in bestseller Jance's uneven fourth Ali Reynolds thriller (after Hand of Evil). After serial killer Peter Winter claims his fifth victim, who happens to be the unfaithful wife of Ali's contractor, Bryan Forester, homicide detective Dave Holman suspects Bryan did it. At considerable personal risk, Ali has to clear Bryan in order to get her house ready for Thanksgiving dinner with her gossipy, meddling mother, Edie; her son, Chris; Chris's amputee fiancée; sometime boyfriend Holman; and the rest of her cozily predictable entourage. A too conveniently noted license plate number and some unlikely Taser-wielding by Edie undermine credibility. Still, Jance's trademark breathless pace compensates for stale situations and shallow characterizations. Author tour. (Dec.)
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Starred Review. American Mystery Award winner Jance's (www.jajance.com) fourth entry in his Ali Reynolds series finds the ex-television journalist defending her contractor when he's accused of having murdered his wife. Ali is mercifully no longer blogging at cutlooseblog.com, a narrative element that weighed down previous books in this series. The text is well written, engaging, and humorous, and the audio production, too, is of stellar quality, with actress Karen Ziemba giving each character a distinct personality. Other factors making this the best series offering to date are the addition of new characters and a tighter plot. Recommended.—Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416563792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416563792
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By George Webster, Ph.D., VINE VOICE on December 18, 2008
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We often hear of the dangers from predators lurking on the internet. Now, prolific mystery writer, J.A.Jance, has written a nicely chilling and satisfying tale of a psychopath stalking women on the web. He uses a web site, singleatheart.com, that attracts married women looking for sex with someone besides their husband. Ex-TV journalist Ali Reynolds (You may have met her in Jance's Hand of Evil, Web of Evil, and Edge of Evil.) becomes interested when the wife of the building contractor restoring her house is brutally murdered. Naturally, the husband is suspected, but Ali does not believe it. She starts snooping, finds the web site, and innocently draws the attention of the psychopath. After that, the story plunges into breathtaking suspense, as the murderer decides that Ali is a threat, and he must find her and kill her. It comes to a great climax in a thoroughly enjoyable story.
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JA Jance is one of the authors whose books I buy in hardcover as soon as they come out. I follow and look forward to both her Joanna Brady and JP Beaumont series. When heard that she started another series, this with Ali Reynolds, I couldn't wait to try it out.

This is the last in that series I'll read. I expect detectives, police, rescue workers and so on to approach trouble. I can even deal with an intellectual non-professional like Miss Marple or the title characters in the current TV series Numbers and Mentalist working along with the door-bangers and gun-carriers to solve the mystery. However, I just can't buy into a retired newscaster stumbling upon mayhem and murder, then being better focused and smarter than the law enforcement professionals.

In addition to all that, the underlying plot line is quite plausible, but Jance focused more on the involvement of the characters with each other than on the mystery. Other authors, such as John Harvey in Lonely Hearts (ISBN-10: 1932859446) did a much better job with the same concept.

This book took me through a long plane ride. If I had had the ability to put it down and switch to a different book, I would have.
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J.A Jance has become one of my favorite, preferred authors. The Ali Reynolds series is quickly becoming my favorite series of the four she has written: J.P. Beaumont (Seattle, WA Policeman Detective) was her first series, Joanne Brady (Cochise Country, AZ Sheriff; my favorite and my introduction to the southwest when I moved to Cochise County, AZ 3 years ago), and the Walker Family (Pima County (Tucson), AZ Sheriff) is her fourth series are all excellent. Having said that, it would be very difficult for me to decide which of the four series is my favorite. I supposed the favorite would have to be whichever series Jances' latest book is from. Can't wait to read more!

My only other favorite, preferred authors is Kathy Reichs, author of the "Temperance Brennan" or "Bones" series, which I would assume most TV watchers and medical/forensic mystery readers know of. She writes several series as well: Virals (teenage mysteries)' Exposure, Code and Seizure.

As both a retired U.S. Army NCO and forensic psychologist, I find these series extremely engrossing and highly enjoyable. I would recommend them to anyone who has an interest in mystery stories. The Reich series for medical/forensic/police mysteries and J.A. Jance for non-standard Sheriff/police mysteries. They are truly worth your time and energy. And, on Kindle especially, the price is inconsequential.
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Love this author and the character of Ali Reynolds. Why I love reading this series regarding Ali Reynolds is that I feel I know the characters so well and you pick up right where you left off from the previous book. Love her butler, parents, son and friends. Always gets pulled into a mystery that makes the books exciting trying to figure out how things will be solved and how Ali will get out of a situation. Love that she can defend herself and is a strong woman.
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By No Zombies on January 16, 2009
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I enjoyed this mystery novel. From the beginning, things start getting tangled up to the point where you wonder if the mystery is ever going to be solved. Finally, things do start getting untangled and the "bad guy" gets his due. J. A. Jance, an author new to me, keeps things moving and kept me turning the pages. I'll definitely take a look at her other novels.
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J.A. Jance is amazing and every one of her books is exciting. Ali Reynolds is one of her best characters who seems to always get into peril when she noses around crimes and potential crimes. This book puts her into harms way when she does some on-line research and falls prey to a killer. A new character, B., appears and it is evident that he will appear again, in further adventures of Ali Reynolds. Ali's new home is also taking shape as she navigates her new life as a single woman. I love Ali and J.A. Jance is a treasure.
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I will always read a J.A. Jance novel. I think I've read all of hers (Ali Reynolds, the AZ Sherriff, and the Seattle detective). Can't put them down until they are finished...almost like stuffing ones self with a favorite candy.
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J A Jance is a good fisherman. She had me hooked with her ability to entwine mystery, romance, and comedy and keep me on the line, reeling me in and playing the line so I'm not off the hook too soon. Her gift keeps all her stories afloat. I haven't abandoned any story yet, I actually keep holding on for more.
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