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Clawback Audiobook

Clawback: An Ali Reynolds Novel

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In New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance's latest thriller, Ali Reynolds faces her most controversial mystery yet: solving the murder of a man whose Ponzi scheme bankrupted hundreds of people and left them seeking justice...or revenge.

When Ali's parents lose their life savings to a Ponzi scheme, her father goes to confront his longtime friend and financial advisor only to stumble into the scene of a bloody double homicide. With her father suddenly a prime suspect, Ali and her husband work to clear her father's name while at the same time seeking justice for her parents as well as the scheme's other suddenly impoverished victims, one of who is a stone-cold killer.

©2016 J. A. Jance (P)2016 Simon and Schuster

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    karen 05-31-16
    karen 05-31-16
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    "Not Jance's best..."

    I've loved, loved, loved all the Joanna Brady books. I usually like the Ali Reynolds ones just fine, certainly enough to buy and read them. I don't care for the Beaumont ones at all. But despite my best expectations, this book was a disappointment.

    The best news is Karen Ziembra as narrator -- considering how many gazillions of books Miz Jance must sell, she's had a collection of the worst narrators in Audible history. In the Brady books, she must have used six or seven different readers, most of them just dreadful -- which is the reason I now usually prefer to read those books, not listen to them. But Ziembra in this book was a pleasant surprise. Hope they use her again for subsequent books.

    But in this one, the story line faltered and turned into a very different type of book. The beginning was good -- very good. And marginally believable, that otherwise reasonable people would turn their entire retirement accounts over to one guy, a "friend", to invest. That's really dumb -- we know that. But I could see it happening when the guy is a friend. So far, so good. I felt the terrible anguish Ali's parents must have felt -- that part was well done.

    That said, somewhere about midpoint, the tables start to turn, and the book blossoms into a persistent smiley face that just won't quit. I'm obviously not against people doing "good deeds" and helping others. I greatly admire it, in real life. I like saints. But in reading mysteries, books of "suspense", where you're looking for dreadful things to happen, I really don't want to deal with a crowd of angels. Everybody here is working overtime to outdo everybody else in the "good works" division. It's seriously tiresome.

    Ha ha ha -- I'm not a Scrooge. I just thought Jance went overboard in demonstrating saintly character in Ali, certainly -- who, granted, is always pretty much like that -- but also her long-suffering parents, Sister Anselm, who's overly saccharin in this book, the governor of the state (a selfless politician, for crying out loud?) in B. and all the High Noon employees -- even in the formerly (delightfully) nasty detective, who eventually earns his place in heaven too. Good grief. There's just too much happiness going on, all over the place.

    If I'm looking for upbeat, inspiring and enriching literature, I'll read Mitch Albom. If I want a scary, tense tale chronicling the really nasty things people do to each other, I guess I'll have to stick to John Sanford. In that category, he never disappoints.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-16-16
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-16-16 Member Since 2017

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Riveting"

    This is book eleven in the Ali Reynolds series, Gee, it seems like only yesterday Jance came out with book one in the new series. Ali’s parents Bob and Edi Larson have retired from the Diner. Bob learns from the T.V. that the SEC has closed the company managing their retirement fund and is charging the owners with operating a Ponzi scheme. Bob drives over to his friend Dan Frazer house. Dan was the person who had advised Bob to put all their retirement money into the Ocotillo Fund. Upon arrival Bob finds Dan and his wife dying of stab wounds. He calls 911 and later is under investigation for murder. In steps Ali, to clear her father of the charges and attempt to get his money back. Stu and the new employee Camie had a larger role in this story and I hope the manager of the insurance agency becomes a regular in the future. She and her grandmother were interesting characters.

    The book is well written and has well developed characters. The plot is unpredictable, and intriguing, and the pace is fast. The story has lots of action, suspense and lot and lots of savvy technology. Jance provides information about the workings of the Ponzi scheme as helpful education to the public. I think this might be the best book in the series to date. Karen Ziemba does a good job narrating the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jean 03-14-16
    Jean 03-14-16

    Say something about yourself!

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    "They Do Good Work"

    The heroines and heroes are once again successful in this latest J A Jance book. They not only "do good work," but so does Karen Ziemba whose narration was spot on. Jance's many books speak for themselves, I am but one of many, many fans. Jance is up-to-date with the times, portrays many perspectives well, and is just a darn good story teller. I am grateful she is!!!

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    Amazon Customer 03-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome as usual!"

    The have enjoyed read J.A. Jance for many many years. The Ali Reynolds series is as good as her Beaumont series. The narrator is fantastic.

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    robin collins west middlesex, Pennsylvania 03-11-16
    robin collins west middlesex, Pennsylvania 03-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Clawback"

    knock up another amazing thriller for JA Jance. Ali Reynolds and Joanne Brady are 2 of my favorite female characters.

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    Ida 05-24-17
    Ida 05-24-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Glad that parents got out of the kitchen"

    This is a Good solid story. Nice introduction of Camille. She adds more diversity to character list and she is a "go-getter"! Looking forward to more stories that include her. Also some interesting new information about Stu. Who knew that he was on the autism spectrum?

    Sometimes the pace or numerous provided details are nauseating. When Bob was at the police station, the description of him wetting himself and to watch what he was put through was so painful. The murder scene was very descriptive and long. To hear that Bob slipped in some blood and fell on his dying friend was pitiful. I felt so bad for him. Similarly painful was the minute details about Cami's escape on the golf course. I was yelling "get on with it!"

    It Was refreshing to learn that Ali's parents also have some sleuthing skills. It was time for Edie and Bob to get out of the kitchen and enjoy life. Too bad that they lost a good friend and so much money, but I am glad that they contributed to solving the case. Now I would like to know more about Ali's parents' experiences in their new home. I would bet that the residents have a lot secrets to uncover.

    Somewhat Disappointed in the cursory appearances of the Sister and the old butler. Why is B so busy? He doesn't seem to spend much time with Ali. He is so concerned about losing her but he flies all over the world and connects mostly via telephone conversations.

    I love this series and devour the new books when they become available on audible. I am reading the books in order. Are there only 5? I may have to re-listen to some of the earlier ones because there has been a lot of time in between and I think that I am missing some background information. I was mystified about the refugees that Ali, the Sister and governor were assisting? Where did this storyline come from?

    Keep the stories coming about Ali's parents, her son and his family, the butler and his rekindled love, Camille, and the girls who took over the investment company. What about the scholarship winners? So many topics to write about! Keep the narrator because she IS Ali.

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    Sandee Dodgen 01-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "NEW Author for me"

    J.A. Jance's books are new to me and Clawback was my first read. Just finished it and LOVED LOVED LOVED this book Her writing, story line, characters. I'm hooked for sure. I will now start at the beginning of the Ali Reynolds series - Edge of Evil will be by next read.

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    Mrs. O 09-07-16
    Mrs. O 09-07-16
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    Where does Clawback rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't know how to answer this but it would be in the middle.


    Would you recommend Clawback to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    What three words best describe Karen Ziemba’s performance?

    I didn't like her voice and tone.


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    JOHN Adamchik 09-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Jance at her best!"

    One of the best and most riveting of JA Jance's books I have read thus far!

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    J.C.D. 07-25-16
    J.C.D. 07-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A DOUBLE MURDER BECOMES A QUADRUPLE MURDER"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES, IT WAS VERY INTERESTING HOW THE PLOT GREW AND MORE AND MORE PEOPLE WERE INVOLVED. BRUTAL MURDERS WERE JUST THE BEGINNING. THE TOWN'S PEOPLE LOST THEIR MONEY N AN ELABORATE PONZI SCHEME.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Clawback?

    WHEN BOB LARSON DECIDES TO TAKE HI OWN LIFE BECAUSE ALL HIS AND HIS WIFE'S SAVINGS HAVE BEEN LOST. HIS COMING TO HIS SENSES WAS MEMORABLE.


    Which character – as performed by Karen Ziemba – was your favorite?

    ALI REYNOLDS - SHE'S SO ON TOP OF THINGS.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    WHEN A DEAL IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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