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Desert Heat | [J. A. Jance]

Desert Heat

A cop lies dying beneath the blistering Arizona sun - a local lawman who may well have become the next sheriff of Cochise County. The police brass claim that Andy Brady was dirty, and that his shooting was a suicide attempt. Joanna Brady, his devoted wife and mother of their nine-year-old daughter, knows a cover-up when she hears one...and murder when she sees it.
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A cop lies dying beneath the blistering Arizona sun - a local lawman who may well have become the next sheriff of Cochise County. The police brass claim that Andy Brady was dirty, and that his shooting was a suicide attempt. Joanna Brady, his devoted wife and mother of their nine-year-old daughter, knows a cover-up when she hears one...and murder when she sees it.

But her determined efforts to hunt down an assassin and clear her husband's name are placing Joanna and her surviving family in harm's way - because in the desert, the one thing more lethal than a rattler's bite...is the truth.

©1993 J. A. Jance; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    CatBookMom 01-07-12
    CatBookMom 01-07-12
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    "A great beginning to a terrific series"

    This series is one of my favorites, and Jance has done a terrific job of introducing Joanna Brady and her friends and family. The book description above is good, so I won't rehash it here. The characters are great, the situation is believable and I highly recommend this book. Ms Huber isn't a great narrator, with a limited range of different voices, but she doesn't make mistakes or have annoying quirks.

    Sadly, several of the next few books in the series are available only in abridged format, and you'll want to skip those.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 11-03-12
    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 11-03-12 Member Since 2013

    A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!

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    "Hot!"

    I read this book when it first came out in the early 90s, and found it intense and fast-moving. Listening to it seemed to make it more so! Hearing about Joanna's reaction to sudden widow-hood nearly brought me to tears. What a strong woman!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    karen 03-09-15
    karen 03-09-15
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    "How happy was that??!!"

    Finding a Joanna Brady book I hadn't read? Wow. And the first one -- really? How did I miss it? But what a happy thing I had missed it -- got to listen to it now for the first time.

    I love this series -- I appreciate the whole crowd, not just Joanna, but Jenny (called more formally "Jennifer" in this first book) who's nine years old here, Marianne the minister, Joanna's viper-tongued mother, who reminds me so much of one of my female relatives I listed to those parts over and over, laughing every time. Boy, Miz Jance nails these nasty-mother characters just perfectly. We even meet both dogs, and learn how Tigger came into the family.

    And it's here we meet the sadder but wiser Annie Kellogg, too, who plays a big part in several subsequent books. I hadn't realized she'd been there from the start, even her love for birds is shown here. Who knew?

    It was fun to see where it all started. And interesting, too, because Jance is unique among authors who have written as many books as she has: this first book and the last ones are equally good. Joanna and the whole crowd age, they go through normal life cycles, but Jance never seems to run out of unique material to occupy them all.

    That's unusual. The norm is -- or seems to be -- that after a few books in a series, authors either start to fade away, losing interest in their own characters. Or they struggle to find new situations to mess around with, getting more and more extreme, to the point the books are just no longer interesting. Some authors get better, of course -- like John Sandford. His early Luke Davenport books are very different -- Luke in the beginning is an angry, violent guy, and only over time does he get to be the wisecracking hero, still just as creative and brave, but without the hard edge of anger displayed in the first books. But Joanna? She doesn't change. She's just as smart, dedicated, honest, brave and interesting in the last books as she was in the first.

    But now I have indeed read them all. Nothing to do now but wait for new ones!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dana L. Riggins Cordova, TN 08-21-12
    Dana L. Riggins Cordova, TN 08-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, since it was recommended to me I feel like I should continue!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest in this series!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Pretty much! It definitely kept me guessing!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "First in Line"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It was mildly entertaining. I was glad to listen to the first in the series and finally understand why the lady became sheriff. The series books I've read and listened to in the past are about the same; mildly entertaining, fairly predictable and just enough of a story to keep you listening.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Glad to finally get the answers since I've read them out of order!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator was good and put a good twist on each character.


    Did Desert Heat inspire you to do anything?

    Not to run for sheriff!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas LEWISTON, IDAHO, United States 03-17-12
    Thomas LEWISTON, IDAHO, United States 03-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Meet Joanna Brady"

    I really like J. A. Jance. I enjoy her stories and I like the style she uses to tell them. Of the 3 main series that Jance wrights I like Joanna Brady the most although I like her other series as well. The biggest short coming of this book is that it's to short. That's not to say that Jance didn't tell the entire story in this book because she did its just that I would have enjoyed a 16 hour book for twice as long as I enjoyed an 8 hour book. Still in all the main purpose of this book was to launch the Joanna Brady series and this book does accomplish that.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda S Sauerland Reno 05-07-15
    Wanda S Sauerland Reno 05-07-15 Member Since 2008

    Wanda the artist

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    "Not a Sue Graffton ...but very well written."

    I did feel for the young widow, and said go baby, go!

    Worth reading. The narrator spoke well for each part.

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    diane t 02-28-15
    diane t 02-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book"

    Great story. Well read. Will read more of the series. Why do you need more words? Hmm hmmmu
    This is ridiculous

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    Think about this 02-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Nice Surprise!"

    Tried out a new author (for me anyway) from a friend's recommendation. Really enjoyed listening to this book, in fact it took all day Sunday, but I finished it. It is the first of the Joanna Brady series, which starts with a death and a big mystery. Joanna's life is turned upside down on her 10th anniversary, and soon she's led to believe that her husband might have been hiding secrets from her. She won't give up til all her questions are answered though, even as her own life is put in danger. I have to say that I couldn't figure out all the bad guys, which made me want to jump to the end, to satisfy my curiosity. I didn't give in, but kept listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 02-09-15
    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 02-09-15 Member Since 2013

    Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.

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    "INTERESTING BUT NOT SPECIAL"

    Since I was familiar with several of the Joanna Brady series, I enjoyed listening to the book that began the series. I enjoyed the book, but wouldn't want to listen to it a second time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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