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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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Publisher's Summary

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 Los Angeles area, CA, USA 01-07-12
    CatBookMom Los Angeles area, CA, USA 01-07-12 Member Since 2007
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Oregon 12-05-12
    Amazon Customer Oregon 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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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!


    0 of 0 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 2010

    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!

    0 of 0 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!


    0 of 0 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 2010
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Fallbrook, US, Canada 09-09-12
    Thomas Fallbrook, US, Canada 09-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't waste your time"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Poorly written, poorly told plot was terrible


    What could J. A. Jance have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It does not increase anything it only increases my desire to be more careful in my selection


    How could the performance have been better?

    It could not


    What character would you cut from Desert Heat?

    I did not like her voice


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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