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Publisher's Summary

With grit, courage and dogged determination, Joanne challenged the status quo - and won. Now, as newly elected Sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, she must battle the prejudice and hostility of a mistrustful, male-dominated police force - and solve a grisly double homicide that threatens to tear the sleepy desert community to pieces. For the two bodies baking in the harsh Southwestern sun are connected by sinister threads that reach back generations - and by devastating family secrets of greed, hatred and shocking abuse that could destroy the innocent along with the guilty.
©2006 J. A. Jance (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"The pace is unflaggimg...Joanna is engaging and credible" ( Publishers Weekly)

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Novice sheriff

In the second book of the series, Joanna Brady has won her election, and now has to face her unwelcoming colleagues. She is overwhelmed with her responsibilities, as well as the stress of being a new widow and working single mom. Sounds like real life to me. I like the fact that Joanna realizes that there is a lot she doesn't know, and is willing to admit it, and try to learn from others. But she also doesn't let others push her around!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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This is no JP Beaumont

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The overall story is interesting, but the pace is too slow.

Would you be willing to try another book from J. A. Jance? Why or why not?

I picked up this series because I thoroughly enjoyed the JP Beaumont series and completely exhausted Audible's offerings in this category. So I really wanted to like this series, but this second book in the series is pacing even more slowly than the first. I'm 3 hours into the book and we still don't have a murder yet...

How could the performance have been better?

I find that the narration overall is fine, except for the voice of the daughter, which is grating on a level of fingernail-against-chalkboard. Every single line that the narrator delivers from the daughter comes out as a whine. It makes me wish the lead character would talk with her daughter about her attitude.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Joanna takes charge - sort of

This second book in the Joanna Brady series is good and well worth the read. There were some bits of the mystery that didn't hold water, but we got the know the characters better. As a United Methodist pastor, I really appreciate the inclusion of a fictional colleague in the cast. The title of the story is sort of added at the last minute, but that seems to be the style these days.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Love the Arizona setting.

2nd in this series I have listen to. Enjoy the familiarity to Arizona. Will be going on to the next 1 here soon.

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Sheriff Joann Brady story.<br />

good early story of SheriffJoann Brady. well crafted with interesting characters that were well diversified.

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  • Heather
  • Brighton, MI, USA
  • 02-26-18

Disappointing

I had much higher hopes for the second book of the Sheriff Brady series. It's overly wordy ("skeletal corpse" why not just use skeleton?), slow moving, has a whiny kid, villians basically ignored for 99% of the story only to be emphasized in the end, and it was dull. Clearly author Jance was learning on the job with this one.

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All good until the ending.

It was rushed and kind of cornet? Not the right word but disappointed me. I had already purchased the next book when I was getting near the end. I don’t know if I would have had I waited to finish this book first.

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Great Story

Great story, can't wait to listen to the rest of them!
Love JA Jance's work!