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Hand of Evil (Ali Reynolds)


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J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, and the Joanna Brady series, as well as five interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona. Visit her online at JAJance.com.


In the third installment of Jance's Ali Reynolds series, Ali is still recovering from the death of her former husband, Paul, in Los Angeles. She is back in Sedona, AZ, rebuilding her life and savoring a noneventful existence. Just as Ali gets settled, she receives a call from Arabella Ashcroft, a benefactor from her youth, who has some disturbing family issues and needs Ali's assistance. At the same time, the 13-year-old daughter of her close friend Dave Holman goes missing, as does Kip Hogan, an employee of Ali's parents. Perhaps not coincidentally, all three cases appear to be related, and Ali finds herself knee-deep in intrigue and precarious positions. Throughout it all, Ali maintains her relationships with her parents, her son Chris, and her blog. The story goes on a bit too long, but the novel is well written and extremely engaging, with a welcome amount of humor thrown into the dialog. Karen Ziemba is an excellent narrator and gives each character a distincitve life and personality. The audio production is of excellent quality. This recommended title is best suited to mystery collections in large public libraries. [Also available as downloadable audio from Audible.--Ed.]--Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Jance keeps former L.A. TV news anchor Ali Reynolds in her native Arizona for her third lead appearance (following Web of Evil). Ali, still recovering from the murder of her not-quite-ex-husband, is aided by her parents and her old high school chum, newly divorced detective and marine reservist Dave Holman. Meanwhile, wealthy, reclusive Arabella Ashcroft, whose family's college scholarship program supported Ali as an undergrad, has read Ali's grief-filled blog, cutlooseblog.com, and wants Ali's help in writing an incest memoir: elderly Arabella says that her childhood was despoiled by a late stepbrother, Bill, and that she's being threatened by his son should she go through with writing about it. Soon after, Dave's daughter Crystal disappears from the Las Vegas home of his ex- and her new husband; Dave seeks Ali's counsel before barreling out there. Jance crowds the book with subplots, and her characters air a lot of opinions about sexual abuse and health care. But sparks between Ali and Dave and an upbeat ending keep this latest Ali outing on track. (Dec.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Jance starts her books fast...and keeps things moving with cinematic panache...engaging and entertaining." -- Los Angeles Times
"Jance delivers a devilish page-turner." -- People
"Chilling.... an expert in the tricks of her trade." -- The Tennessean (Nashville)

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