I always enjoy the prospect of reading another of J. A. Jance's novels. I seem to enjoy some of her series better than others, but I keep up with all of them. The Ali Reynolds series is either my favorite or perhaps the Joanna Brady series is. It is of no great import, however, as I enjoy reading the entries in both. Although I am attracted to the usual setting for the Reynolds series, i.e., the area around Sedona, Arizona, Moving Target moves away from it and takes places both in Texas and across the pond in England. Yes, there are two plot lines in this novel that Jance largely keeps separate from one another for most of the book. What is of most interest to me is that the plot line in England held my attention better than the other one. That plot line involves what occurs when Ali accompanies her property manager Leland Brooks to his family's home turf, which he departed soon after mustering out of military service in the Korean War era. Jance's fans know that Mr. Brooks is gay but without a partner. So, the England plot line explores the circumstances surrounding his departure from his homeland all those decades ago, which resonates well in the current era, as gay people seek to have people living in the Land of the Free that freedom is freedom for everyone. The other plot line is more mundane, as it involves the attempt to identify the culprits responsible for a crime involving an assault on a young computer whiz, Lance Tucker, who has authored a computer program called Ghost that allows for moving undetected along the information highway, including its dark side. The plots eventually come together through the agency of Ali's fiancé, B. Simpson, who is interested in acquiring the young Tucker's program for his High Noon Enterprises, in a way that places Ali in her usual tight spot. I think Jance's fans will be happy to follow Ali's adventures in Brooks' homeland, so I gave this book four stars.
J.A. Jance has another Ali Reynolds hit that is full od more technical magic by High Noon and skillful detecting by Ali and Sister Anselmo. A young man in Juvenile custody for criminal activity who took against his school's creation or plan to purchase and use a plan to track students and teachers by a computerized program. Just as he is ready to leave on his 18th birthday to finish his own creation of a ghost program that would turn the computerized crimne upside down, he ens up accused of more actions that could lead to jail time. B., Ali's husband knows the boys skills and the possible value of it to many organizations so he sand Ali team up with the Sister to protect the boy and solve his problem and perhaps give the boy a second chance. I am biased you might say to the Jance books, but I think most people who like this time subject will also.
J. A. Jance is one of my most favorite authors. In this novel she has created a storyline at once intriguing and fast-paced. Characters are brought forward from previous novels in the series as well as created new. In both types the descriptions are rich, developed appropriately within the story, and detailed sufficiently to maintain the reader's interest while enhancing the story. Both good and bad characters are included with outcomes that make the story both satisfying and intriguing. The stage is set for follow-on stories as well as the completion of a story that leaves the reader satisfied and hungry at the same time. Moving Target is highly recommended to all.
Warning: Arsonist/Firebug and their brutal devastation plays a prominent part. Compelling story that has two very different mysteries being resolved. The story does not give the reader an "everyone is fine" ending. The story does end with all coming to terms with their lives and moving forward. There are plenty of twists within each mystery to keep the reader guessing.
Believable characters, realistic and informative dialogue.
Regarding forensic work: "Banshee Group takes the position that all people are important. Rather than simply keening over dead bodies, we help them find their way home to their loved ones.”
I may re-read parts of this story. I look forward to other works by this author.
As with all of J.C. Jance’s novels, her writing is simple, direct, easily read and keeps you hooked to the very end. In Moving Target, she has cleverly blended two separate stories, an ocean apart, while keeping the reader’s interest in both alive. My only criticism of the book would be the relationship between Ali and B. I was dismayed at the lack of warmth and affection shown between the two who are to be married within weeks. They seemingly appeared more as business partners or mere friends than lovers. Overall, Moving Target is a good read; however, not Jance’s best. I rate it a 4.
J.A. Jance is my favorite author. And she is a terrific person too. I loved Moving Target. When Ali Reynolds gets to work with Sister Anselm, it always makes for a good story. In this book we get to learn more about her wonderful friend and caretaker, Leland Brooks. This just added so much more to this story. I don't want to give anything away in this review so all I am going to say is that if you haven't got your copy yet, WHY NOT? GO, RUN, DON'T WALK AND GET IT TODAY. You will not be sorry. And if you haven't read any of her books, today is a good day to start. For Alison Reynolds stories, start with Edge of Evil. I couldn't put it down.
I have been a fan of J. A. Jance for many years, especially for her books set in Arizona. Once again I am thinking that much as I love the Joanna Brady series, Ali Reynolds is even better. Moving Target focuses on cyber security and ties together multiple plot lines and mysteries in a highly believable network of solutions brought together in cyberspace. I found myself getting so irritated with Lance's mother and her highly believable protection of her family which only complicates his best interests. Sister Anselm is a special treat in all of her mysteries. You can't miss with this one!