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

4.5 out of 5 stars 435 customer reviews
Book 9 of 10 in the Ali Reynolds Series

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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
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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (435 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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I always enjoy the prospect of reading another of J. A. Jance's novels. I seem to enjoy some of her series better than others, but I keep up with all of them. The Ali Reynolds series is either my favorite or perhaps the Joanna Brady series is. It is of no great import, however, as I enjoy reading the entries in both. Although I am attracted to the usual setting for the Reynolds series, i.e., the area around Sedona, Arizona, Moving Target moves away from it and takes places both in Texas and across the pond in England. Yes, there are two plot lines in this novel that Jance largely keeps separate from one another for most of the book. What is of most interest to me is that the plot line in England held my attention better than the other one. That plot line involves what occurs when Ali accompanies her property manager Leland Brooks to his family's home turf, which he departed soon after mustering out of military service in the Korean War era. Jance's fans know that Mr. Brooks is gay but without a partner. So, the England plot line explores the circumstances surrounding his departure from his homeland all those decades ago, which resonates well in the current era, as gay people seek to have people living in the Land of the Free that freedom is freedom for everyone. The other plot line is more mundane, as it involves the attempt to identify the culprits responsible for a crime involving an assault on a young computer whiz, Lance Tucker, who has authored a computer program called Ghost that allows for moving undetected along the information highway, including its dark side. The plots eventually come together through the agency of Ali's fiancé, B. Simpson, who is interested in acquiring the young Tucker's program for his High Noon Enterprises, in a way that places Ali in her usual tight spot. I think Jance's fans will be happy to follow Ali's adventures in Brooks' homeland, so I gave this book four stars.
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