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Dead to Rights

Dead to Rights

Written by J.A. Jance

Narrated by C. J. Critt


Dead to Rights

Written by J.A. Jance

Narrated by C. J. Critt

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4/5 (12 ratings)
Length:
12 hours
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Released:
Jan 12, 2010
ISBN:
9780061953866
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Description

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.

Publisher:
Released:
Jan 12, 2010
ISBN:
9780061953866
Format:
Audiobook

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Also available as bookBook


About the author

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.

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  • (4/5)
    When veterinarian, Bucky Buckwalter, is killed in an arson fire at his clinic, the main suspect turns out to be the husband of a woman Bucky killed in a drunk driving accident. Hours earlier, Hal Morgan was outside the clinic passing out MADD fliers. New sheriff, Joanna Brady, doesn't think Hal is the arsonist but other, more vocal, members of her staff are working hard to convince everyone he is.

    Joanna continues to try to make a life for herself and her young daughter after the death of her husband, Andy. She's willing to take on risk and makes some mistakes, but usually catches the bad guy in the end. This is a character driven mystery with plenty of twists and turns and a plot that holds your interest. I enjoy this series set in my home state of Arizona. The location is is well researched and it's always fun to have the author include places I've visited in Bisbee. While this is the fourth book of the series, it can easily be read as a standalone since the backstory is adequately explained at the beginning of the story.
  • (5/5)
    Just great book. Read it
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed this book, but I'm not sure if I will read more of the Joanna Brady series. This particular book ended very abruptly and left me wanting a little more substance at the end..
  • (5/5)
    It’s been about 4 months since Joanna Brady’s husband was killed and 2 months since being elected Sheriff of Cochise County. The department is short-staffed since a couple of people resigned when she was sworn in and the number of homicides has increased while the budget is being slashed. Tempers are running high both at work and at home as Jenny and Joanna are still trying to cope with Andy’s death. To make matters worse, to prove herself to others, Joanna is getting involved in every work-related incident. Everyone is exhausted.Two different homicides are being investigated and while one of them is straight forward, the consequences hit Joanna and her detectives hard. The other homicide is a great deal more twisted.I love watching Joanna grow as she not only deals with being a bureaucrat, but learning how to be a cop and a detective. Her way of doing things is different than what the older guys are familiar with, so we’ve got some issues on that front. And she’s far from perfect. We do see her make mistakes. But what’s really cool is that she often finds the answers through conversations with people and small town gossip, leaving interrogations to her detectives. Expect action, drama, a few tears, and an interesting story with secondary characters that we are slowly learning more about. Butch Dixon from the last book is in town to visit and Joanna’s mother has a secret.
  • (4/5)
    I am a mystery fan and I decided I like this series not always so much for the mystery, as for the imperfect characters. Joanna's relationship with her mother just makes me laugh sometimes. I plan on continuing the series.
  • (3/5)
    Joanna Brady is beginning to find her way as a new sheriff, widow and single mother. In this book, she and her crew are put through the crucible as several deaths in the community call for their attention. One murder, one suicide, a couple of manslaughters and budget cuts on top of it all. Sheriff Brady is finding her way through her emotions, learning to discern between her gut feelings and good solid detective work. I enjoy watching her grow and work out her relations with her coworkers and family. The mystery in this story left me feeling that there were a lot of loose ends and surmises, but I didn't really mind that.
  • (2/5)
    Joanna Brady is grieving for her husband who was killed by a hit man, struggling with single parenthood, and has just been elected sheriff of the county. The local vet is murdered, and there is an obvious suspect but Joanna does not think he is guilty. Another murder happens that has nothing to do with the first, and things are a mess in the county. I have read other Joanna Brady books in that series and have enjoyed them as light mysteries, but this one never really comes together, very disjointed and slows waaaay down in the middle. By the time the reader finds out the answer to who-done-it, he or she doesn't really care anymore.