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Publisher's Summary

In this high-stakes thriller from New York Times best-selling author J.A. Jance, Ali Reynolds spans continents to solve a cold-case murder and to figure out who wants a young juvenile offender dead.

Lance Tucker, an incarcerated juvenile offender and talented hacker in his own right, is set on fire one night and severely burned while hanging Christmas decorations in a lockup rec room. B. Simpson, Ali Reynolds's fiance and the man who helped put Lance in jail, feels obliged to get to the bottom of what happened. With Ali off in England to help Leland Brooks at a reunion with his long-estranged family, B. turns to someone else to help out - Ali's good friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm.

Meanwhile, in Bournemouth - Leland's hometown - Ali begins to investigate the decades-old murder of Leland's father, which Leland himself was once suspected of committing. With unsolved murders on both sides of the Atlantic, Ali, B., and Sister Anselm are united by their search for answers - and the jeopardy they get into as a result.

From the author praised for her "inimitable, take-no-prisoners style" (Kirkus Reviews), Moving Target sends Ali on a transatlantic adventure and straight into the path of a deadly killer.

©2013 J.A. Jance (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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Unbelievable plot and characters.Terrible dialogue

It's been 5 years since I read her "Taking the Fifth," which I panned. I somehow decided to give her another chance with a different protagonist with a mystery dealing with cyberspace. I'm sorry to say that I was right the first time--Unbelievable plot and silly prose, reminded me of fiction in Reader's Digest as opposed to, say, The New Yorker. At some points, I had the feeling this might have been written for a young adult audience, which might explain why the author felt she needed to spell everything out in elaborate detail and explain things more than once. Even then, I think it was lacking. Were it not for the narrator, I probably would not have finished. Despite her great ratings and popularity, I won't be reading any more from J.A. Jance.

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  • helen
  • melbourne, Australia
  • 03-02-14

Jance hits the target - Perfectly!

What did you love best about Moving Target?

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the ongoing story of Ali Reynolds and her wonderful aide Leland Brooks. The story line was exciting as was the second underlying story relating to Leland.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Loved the narrator's performance - though I am not sure if it was my aging ipod but the cut and joining of narration is at times annoying.

Any additional comments?

If you love Jance you'll love this next Ali Reynolds Mystery. Thanks J. A. Jance.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 03-13-14

a cold case and a new case

I read somewhere that this is J. A. Jance’s 50th book. I believe this is the 9th book in the Ali Reynolds series. This book has two complicated mysteries one in England and one in Texas. Ali and Leland are in England to meet his family and B Simpson is in Texas looking into the ‘accident” of a young teenage computer hacker that his company had caught on behalf of their client the school district. Jance does a good job with developing the characters and the story details; it was no problem juggling the two mysteries in my mind while reading. The story has lots of technology and internet intrigue which sort of gives a warning about the security of your information on the net. I noted that Jance had the DNA scientist in the story been denied admittance to Oxford because she was a woman. The character goes to the USA to University and comes back to take over her Uncles DNA lab next to Oxford and only hires women. I had read that Jance was denied admission to the University of Arizona’s creative writing program because she was a woman. Women have made some progressed on the road to equality. Looks like this book is setting up for the next one to have Ali’s and B’s wedding. Karen Ziemba does a good job narrating the story.

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A Real Page-Turner ---

J.A. Jance's Ali Reynolds novels are hard to put down. I move the i-Pod speakers into the kitchen to do dishes and clean up as I listen. It's amazing how painless a distasteful chore becomes when you're listening to a good book.

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Never caught my interest

Would you try another book from J. A. Jance and/or Karen Ziemba?

sure - I like the JA Jance stories but this one is not so good.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something by Jeffery Archer or a re- read of one of William Kent Krueger's Cork series.

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Powerful and Heart-breaking

This story was pretty good yet very tragic. Will get at your raw emotions. I actually teared up in a couple of places. Don't want to say much as it may spoil for others.

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Catch this one!

Fast moving with a duel mystery, the story narrated expertly by Karen Ziemba brings together a tragic story from the past with a heartfelt story of modern computer cyber world. Don't press enter unless you are prepared for hours of delightful intrigue.

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Written like a teen novel

The story was full of holes and the dialog more like a teen novel or bad romance novel. The narrator was so overly sweet and soft-spoken I just couldn't listen to the end. I made it about 2/3 thru and had to quit.

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AN INTERESTING STORY

Where does Moving Target rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE

What other book might you compare Moving Target to and why?

I COULD COMPARE IT TO OTHER J.A. JANCE BOOKS I.E. THE BEAUMONT MYSTERIES. IT WOULD NOT COMPARE FAVORABLY.

What about Karen Ziemba’s performance did you like?

HER PERFORMANCE WAS OKAY - COULDN'T GET PAST THE "ENGLISH" ACCENT.

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

SOLVING A CRIME OVER THE INTERNET.

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Classic Ali

This is the ninth segment of the Ali Reynolds series and there aren't many, if any, surprises left. It has all the self righteous snarkiness of the past few books pertaining to this character. Jance is at her best with plot and well told criminal detection procedures so the inability to create a likable central character can be overlooked. Sister Anselm and Leland Brooks are well done ancillary players though her fiancee B Simpson comes off totally vague. This wasn't an experience that I'd recommend highly but it is a good listen and there are aren't the glaring mistakes or scenes that seem stolen from a TV crime drama. My opinion is good; not great.

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