Sunday, November 10, 2013

2014 USA Fiction Challenge: Arizona

The dead women was an artist recently arrived from Washington State, cruelly cut down in the early stages of a very promising career. Now all that remains of Rochelle Baxter lies on a cold slab in the Cochise County morgue, and Sheriff Joanna Brady knows that murder has once again infected her small desert community. But there is more to this homicide than initially meets the eye, and more to the victim, who dies while supposedly under the conscientious protection of the government.
 
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A big-city legal establishment has no faith in the abilities of a small town sheriff, let alone a female sheriff. Instructed to swallow her indignation, Joanna awaits the arrival of the "help" Washington's attorney general is sending her. The newest member of the state's Special Homicide Investigation team, a man named Beaumont. Bisbee, Arizona is the last place J.P. Beaumont wants to be. The ghosts of a painful past are too numerous there, and his reluctant "partner" Sheriff Brady, resents his intrusion and cannot help but make her feelings known. But the road they are forced to travel together is taking some unexpected turns, running two dedicated servants of the law headfirst into the impenetrable stone walls of a shocking conspiracy of silence. For Brady and Beaumont's hunt is disturbing a very deadly nest of rattlers, and suddenly trust is the only option they have. On their own in the Arizona desert, they know death can be cold and quick. And nobody is watching their backs here, they'll have to watch each other's.



Printing History
Written by Judith Ann Jance (1944-)

Harper Collins Publishers, Inc
William Morrow
ISBN 385 97730
August 2002

Note
This title was originally posted on 11/11/2012

3 comments:

  1. Scott, you're not hanging about! At least it might help me find some books to plug some gaps in my library if you're about 10 states ahead of me, when I start!

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  2. Another reminder that I have to get to reading J. A. Jance. This one sounds very good.

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