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New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance crafts a thrilling novel of suspense that realizes every parent's worst nightmare.

With his hand trapped in the door of a speeding car, a man struggles to remain upright as he's dragged along a deserted stretch of San Juan Road in Phoenix's South Mountain Preserve. It's the perfect place to drive a man to his grave: literally. Starting with a crime so gruesome even prowling coyotes keep their distance from the remains, a killer begins crisscrossing the Southwest on a spree of grisly murders.

A hundred miles away, Ali Reynolds is grieving. The newscasting job she once delighted in is gone, and so is the philandering husband she loved and thought she knew. When a member of the family who gave Ali a generous scholarship for her education decades earlier suddenly asks her for a meeting, Ali wonders what it can mean. Before she can satisfy her curiosity, though, Ali receives another startling call: a friend's teenage daughter has disappeared. Ali offers to help, but in doing so, she unknowingly begins a quest that will reveal a deadly ring of secrets, at the heart of which lie two undiscriminating killers.

Hand of Evil is Jance at her best; she weaves a masterful story of suspense that travels over generations, revealing two very different women with the same horrifying secret. Will Ali become a victim herself, or will she escape from a deadly deceit that no amount of security, financial or emotional, can cover up?

©2007 J. A. Jance; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Jance delivers a devilish page-turner." (People)
"Jance starts her books fast...and keeps things moving with cinematic panache...engaging and entertaining." (Los Angeles Times)

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