Ali Reynolds investigates two shocking cases of victims brutally left for dead in New York Times best-selling J.A. Jance’s latest mystery-thriller.
When Santa Cruz County deputy sheriff Jose Reyes, Ali’s classmate from the Arizona Police Academy, is gunned down and left to die, he is at first assumed to be an innocent victim of the drug wars escalating across the border. But the crime scene investigation shows there’s much more to it than that, and soon he and his pregnant wife, Teresa, both fall under suspicion of wrongdoing.
Ali owes Reyes a debt of gratitude for the help he gave her years earlier when she was dealing with a troubled friend. When she’s summoned to his bedside at Physicians Medical Center in Tucson, it’s impossible for her to turn away. And knowing Reyes as well as she does, Ali finds it hard to believe that he’s become mixed up in the drug trade, despite evidence to the contrary. Upon arriving at the hospital, Ali finds that her good friend, Sister Anselm, is there, too - working as a patient advocate on behalf of another seriously injured victim, an unidentified young woman presumed to be an illegal border crosser, who was raped and savagely beaten.
Ali becomes determined to seek justice in both cases and secure safety for both victims. Together with Sister Anselm and a conscientious officer who won’t let the case drop despite pressure from above, Ali digs for clues to find the true culprits. Fast-paced, tension-filled, and intriguingly complex, Left for Dead is J.A. Jance at her riveting best.
©2012 J.A. Jance. (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio
Karen reads this story so fast and aggressively she puts me on edge. I liked the story though
J. A. Jance's writing is top notch and the story was easy to follow (if not for the distraction of Karen's speed racing reading.
This book and the newest release Deadly Stakes were ruined for me by the pursed, very fast reading of Karen. It is like she is in a race with someone to read as fast as she can. One single, aggressive, on the edge of her seat tone of voice and speed reading ruined them for me and I sent the new release back. I tried three times to listen and found myself feeling stressed out and on the edge of my seat just because of her reading. Could not listen.
Let someone else read it
Maybe as part of the series but this was the weakest yet. The entire rambling entrance of character after character along with overly complicated background stories left the plot movement flat. If you can't reveal the characters as you go along, bit by bit, maybe there are too many! Really hard to stick with...
terrible plot pacing
no, she was fine as always but she wasn't given much to work will here...
Yes. I'm partial to audiobooks and I know many others are as well.
Yes, to continue the series. It had a nice level of surprise and suspense, although fairly predictable
Yes, when Rose found out her parents did not care what kind of life she led after she ran away.
There are two stories blended together with Jance's usual skill and make an exciting read
Left For Dead is another great book by J.A. Jance, her seventh in the Ali Reynolds Mysteries. In all of J.A. Jance's books there is a strong sense of family, not just in the stories plot but in your reading experience. This sense of family is increased when you read another book in the series so my recommendation is to read others in the series as well.
Easy to listen too
Writing to an audience of adults. I have read books for Young Adults that don't talk down like Jance does in this book. Quit adding things like, "We were all so tired we would have no problem going night night>" Really?
The whole book!
No...her voice is irritating and one note. She should read children's books because that what I felt like when she read that book!
Anger...because I wasted a credit on it! I have tried to make it through the book 3 times, and quite frankly, I don't think I'm going to make it.
J.A. Will you please find Ali Reynolds a real job instead of having her flit around having the occasional roll in the hay with B and thinking she's just another person when really she is staring to come off as a snob!
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Karen Ziemba does a great job narrating this series. Ali is off to help a friend who was in the police academy with her and also helps her friend Sister Anselma (sp?). Meanwhile her parents sell the cafe, and she is trying to decide on the new winners of her scholarship. It was nice to learn from this story what is going on with characters from previous stories in the series such as the last recipients of the scholarship and other fellow police academy students. The attempted murder of Jose the sheriff deputy, the murder of the postman and a rancher lead us on a tangled web to discover who did it. Over all it is a pleasant visit with friend in the series but I wish Ali would get back on the job at the Sheriff department it helped stabilize the story.
I am an avid hot rodder and enjoy restoring antique airplanes and automobiles.
Every time you think you know where the story is going, new info changes the direction of the plot. You will not know which killer(s) will be caught until near the end. But listen to the end because it is worth it.
Liked that the story was in an out of the way place I've traveled to and appreciated how author captured the distances and spaces well. Wished the reader had checked pronunciation of Spanish words.
Overall, Another interesting take on the Arizona story.
Excellent plot, well read (although slightly on the pedantic side). Good twists and turns to the well crafted plot with two intersecting story lines and great recurring characters.
This is my second book by this author and I have figured out her pattern. She puts two stories in each book, even though they have nothing to do with each other. Then she wanders around her extended family and their doings (not that interesting). Ali and her nun friend solve the crimes. Done.
These are interesting but sometimes a bit far-fetched, like Mrs. Polifax, but not as funny. There are much better crime writers around. However, Jance has quite a following, and I may continue listening like you sometimes watch TV just to be mind-numbed.
This whole nun thing has me puzzled. Is there an order of nuns that does not use first names, names that are given or chosen when the woman takes her vows? You know, like Sister Mary Clarence, Mother Teresa, Sister Beatrice? I know that for banking purposes, all nuns have surnames, but when called "Sister," I have not heard them called "Sister Lastname" only Sister Firstname. I am not asking how their names are chosen because that varies within the orders; I am asking where Sister Anselm's name comes from. It seems to be her own, her surname, and sometimes she uses two surnames. The other sisters in her convent seem to use first names. Please let me know so I can stop thinking Jance got it all wrong.
Narrator is passable. Her Latino honest citizens as well as the hoodlums sounded like either Brooklyn Jews or movie Mafiosos, but not like anything they should sound like.
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