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Dead to Rights | [J. A. Jance]

Dead to Rights

A woman is cruelly cut down in a remote corner of Arizona, killed on her nineteenth wedding anniversary by a drunk motorist. A year later, the driver himself dies badly, and all suspicions point to the slain woman's still-grieving husband as his murderer. But the truth is rarely black and white in the long Southwestern shadows, and one law officer is not rushing to condemn the tragic widower so quickly - Joanna Brady, sheriff of Cochise County.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Joanna Brady, newly elected sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, is struggling to learn the ropes, earn credibility in the eyes of her staff, and maintain her department's budget. C.J. Critt portrays Joanna as a strong-minded woman who battles for career success yet anguishes over the drunk-driving death, especially in light of her own husband's recent murder. Critt also depicts Joanna's frustration with her meddling mother and her sensitivity to the shifting emotions of her 9-year-old daughter.

Publisher's Summary

Harsh truths and small-town murder lethally intertwine in a stunning and evocative thriller from New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance.

. A woman is cruelly cut down in a remote corner of Arizona, killed on her 19th wedding anniversary by a drunk motorist. A year later, the driver himself dies badly, and all suspicions point to the slain woman's still-grieving husband as his murderer. But the truth is rarely black and white in the long Southwestern shadows, and one law officer is not rushing to condemn the tragic widower so quickly - Joanna Brady, sheriff of Cochise County. Brady's convictions, however, are leading her on a twisted trail through inhospitable country - and setting her on a path that will bring her face-to-face with cold, calculating death in the high, lonely desert.

©1996 J.A. Jance; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    jennifer SANTA BARBARA, CA, United States 02-05-10
    jennifer SANTA BARBARA, CA, United States 02-05-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Dead to Rights"

    Very well written! Another winner for J.A. Jance. Keep them coming!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Pettit 07-16-12
    C. Pettit 07-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Yikes...the narrator sounds like Joanna's mother!"
    What didn’t you like about C. J. Critt’s performance?

    Her tone is pretentious and so is her phrasing. She sounds as one would imagine Joanna Brady's mother sounding, except more so. And, so far at least, her voice for Joanna is barely distinguishable (some of the time) from her "narrating" voice. Not sure that I can make it through this one, much less another after it. Fortunately I haven't bought the next book yet. May have to get it in paperback or e-book.


    Any additional comments?

    Changing narrators in a series should be done ONLY when absolutely required.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Orlando, FL, United States 06-15-12
    Jenny Orlando, FL, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2008

    Addicted to audio books, I average 6 to 7 per month. I am never without my IPod even when I sleep LOL! Favorite author Lisa Gardner

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    "Bad Narration ruins the book"

    Why is it the publisher has to ruin a perfectly good series by not only changing the narrator mid stream but changing to a narrator that was worse than the last.

    As an avid, borderline obsessive audio book listener, the narration is just as important as the story itself in my opinion. It took me awhile to get past the nasal Hillary Huber, but she established herself as the voice of Joanna Brady.

    Fortunately if the author is good, you can most times overlook bad narration, but it is not enjoyable. This is the case with C.J. Critt. Terrible inflections and a much too old of a voice for Joanna. Not to mention not very good with continuity.

    Will probably move pass the books she has narrated in this series and try the next narrator.

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    James United States 05-02-13
    James United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    Where does Dead to Rights rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fourth or fifth


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead to Rights?

    The ending when all the cases came together.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by C. J. Critt?

    Yes, I have listened to a number of books


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No not really.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Miaxara Left Coast, USA 09-22-12
    Miaxara Left Coast, USA 09-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator just doesn't gel with this genre"

    I'm a huge fan of J.A. Jance, and am thoroughly enjoying the Joanna Brady series. Narrator C.J. Critt, however, delivers the story with the chirpy, sweet, upbeat enthusiasm of Harriet Nelson reading a bedtime story to a second-grader. That may work will with Dr. Seuss, but not with murder mysteries.

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    Elliott United States 01-12-12
    Elliott United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not really Unabridged"

    This book is listed as unabridged, but it is not really so. It is missing the publishing information and the prologue. If Audible wishes to list this book as Unabridged, it should be noted before purchase that the Prologue is missing. Therefore, even though I like this book, I cannot recommend it

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