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Trial by Fire: A Novel of Suspense Hardcover – December 1, 2009
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In bestseller Jance's middling fifth Ali Reynolds thriller (after Cruel Intent), the ex–TV journalist takes over a media-relations job at the county police department in her hometown of Sedona, Ariz., after the previous flack is sent on administrative leave for misconduct. Soon after being fitted for the mandatory Kevlar vest, Ali goes to the site of a subdivision fire that has left an unidentified woman in critical condition. All signs point to arson, but the fire's amnesia-ridden survivor is the only one who knows the truth. With the help of a hospital nurse who's also a nun, Ali—mostly undercover in a red wig in the hospital's burn unit waiting room—slowly pieces together the victim's identity and her relationship to the fire. That Ali is essentially cast as a stenographer, surreptitiously transcribing the conversations of those visiting the victim's room, narrows the window for heart-racing action. A desert shoot-out tacked on toward the end adds some excitement. (Dec.)
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Former L.A. anchorwoman Ali Reynolds, now living in Sedona, Arizona, is asked by the county sheriff to fill in for his media-relations officer. Soon she becomes involved in the case of a woman who was badly injured in an arson fire and has no memory of the event or even her name. The feds take over the investigation from the county, but Ali is asked to help out by the victim’s hospital-appointed advocate, Sister Anselm. When the sister disappears, a worried Ali goes to find her and discovers she has been kidnapped. Fast pacing, surprising plot twists, and a strong, principled heroine make for a satisfying read. The fifth in the series. --Sue O'Brien
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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.
Ali's personal life was kept to a minimum, which was good. This left more room for character introductions.
Can't wait for the next one!
Joanna Brady is a gutsy and very pregnant Sheriff, she has one thing after the other to tend to. A murdered man with his fingers cut off.
A friend in the animal control shelter of the county, with more than she can take care of. The beating and near death of a close friend and
co worker. The puzzle of past history of her father, his found journals and the knowledge of what that has to do with her current investigations.
What a story, especially when it all comes together with the new found information that not only clears up some current events, but deals with a
past case that has woven over the years to come to a head in this fast moving story. Joanna not only shoots the carjacker, but saves the day, just
as she finishes up her duty to her family and job. Wow...thanks again to J. A. Jance.
I bought this book and intend to buy all the others I do not have.