Dead to Rights by J. A. Jance Paperback Book


Rent Dead to Rights

Author: J. A. Jance

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Publisher: Harper

Published: Jul 2009

Genre: Fiction - Mystery & Detective - Series

Retail Price: $9.99

Pages: 448


A woman is cruelly cut down in a remote corner of Arizona, killed on her nineteenth wedding anniversary by a drunk motorist. A year later, the driver himself dies badly, and all suspicions point to the slain woman's still grieving husband as his murderer. But the truth is rarely black and white in the long Southwestern shadows, and one law officer is not rushing to condemn the tragic widower so quickly: Joanna Brady, Sheriff of Cochise County. Brady's convictions, however, are leading her on a twisted trail through inhospitable country -- and setting her on a path that will bring her face-to-face with cold, calculating death in the high, lonely desert.

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BookLender review by Jennifer on 2010-02-04 13:37:59

In this the fourth showing of sheriff Joanna Brady she has her hands full locking horns with experienced detectives on the case and budget cutting county supervisors. When veterinarian Amos Buckwalter is murdered by arson, deputies immediately suspect Hal Morgan, whose wife, Bonnie, was recently killed by a drunken Buckwalter in a car accident. Morgan, himself an ex-cop, had been picketing Buckwalter's animal hospital, handing out Mothers Against Drunk Driving literature just before the vet's body was found in a burning barn. Joanna lets her own grief keep her from suspecting him and almost loses sight of the whole cases. Besides, the widow Buckwalter is strangely stoic, even getting a makeover and playing golf on the day after her husband's death. I enjoyed this more than the first three, we are starting to get a good idea of how Joanna is handling being a single mom, she is starting to see her relationship with her mother in adult terms even while being green with envy that her Mother getting on with her life.