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Downfall: A Brady Novel of Suspense

Downfall: A Brady Novel of Suspense

Written by J. A. Jance

Narrated by Hillary Huber


Downfall: A Brady Novel of Suspense

Written by J. A. Jance

Narrated by Hillary Huber

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4.5/5 (32 ratings)
Length:
11 hours
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Released:
Sep 6, 2016
ISBN:
9780062561732
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Description

Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady returns in this outstanding new mystery set in the beautiful desert country of the Southwest.

With a baby on the way, sudden deaths in the family from which to recover, a re-election campaign looming, and a daughter heading off for college, Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady has her hands full when a puzzling new case hits her department, demanding every resource she has at her disposal.

Two women have fallen to their deaths from a small nearby peak, referred to by Bisbee locals as Geronimo. What's the connection between these two women? Is this a case of murder/suicide or is it a double homicide? And if someone else is responsible, is it possible that the perpetrator may, even now, be on the hunt for another victim?

Publisher:
Released:
Sep 6, 2016
ISBN:
9780062561732
Format:
Audiobook

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Also available as bookBook


About the author

J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestelling author of the J.P Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, Edge of Evil, and three stand-alone thrillers. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tuscan, Arizona.

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  • (4/5)
    Good entry in this excellent series. While in mourning for her her mom and stepdad, Sheriff Brady has a double homicide to solve as two women fall to their deaths from Geronimo. Pregnant with her 2nd daughter, she uncovers serious problems at a local school with a female sexual predator identified as one of the victims. Unfortunately, the true villain is closer to home than Joanna realizes and more deaths and a kidnapping put her with her unborn child in great danger.
  • (4/5)
    A pregnant Sheriff Brady has a tricky pedofile case involving a local high school teacher who has been murdered while she is dealing with the tragic deaths of her mother and step-father while they were driving home from Minnesota.
  • (4/5)
    Best Jance book I've read for a long time. With a double homicide, a single homicide and a pedifile teacher working in a school, Sheriff Brady really has her hands full. Then she gets kidnapped.
  • (5/5)
    I don't think I will ever tire of Jance's Joanna Brady mysteries. For me, they are the perfect blend of character, setting, and story. Joanna is independent, brave, sharp as a tack, and loaded with common sense. Her mind has a laser-like quality that can cut to the heart of a problem and come up with a solution using her available resources. I love watching her in action. The setting of Cochise County, Arizona, and the old mining town of Bisbee is one that I'm very familiar with, and so is Jance (who grew up there). As for the story, Jance is brilliant at weaving together a fast pace with various subplots that range from the personal and emotional-- like the deaths of loved ones and pregnancy-- to more topical issues that can still hit close to home. The trouble is, there's not much I can say about those topical issues without giving away a lot of the story.Since I can't talk about the plot, I will say that there's a fine scene involving Joanna who's got herself into a bit of a pickle, and she finds that she's got to rely on the Little Red Hen and a dog. (Two of the best things you can depend on when you find yourself in a similar mess.) For me, the continued high quality of this series all boils down to character. Like the FBI agent Joanna is saddled with... or the chief deputy who's still a question mark in Joanna's mind. There's only one character I can do without in this entire series, and that's Marliss Shackelford the local journalist. That character works my last nerve, but I don't think Jance will ever get rid of her. Marliss is just too much fun to write.Now, if you've arrived at the opinion that I love this series and enjoy what Jance can do with her characters and a puzzling murder or two, I'd have to admit that you have reached your destination. If you're not familiar with this series, I wholeheartedly recommend that you dive right in. You can probably start anywhere, but be forewarned: the personal lives of the characters will then be all out of sequence.
  • (5/5)
    This may be the best of the Brady series. Once I hit the halfway point, I really couldn't put the book down. This one was about a female pedophile and one of the main characters lands up in some serious danger.
  • (5/5)
    Downfall by J.A. Jance is a 2016 William Morrow publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Once more J.A Jance puts Joanna Brady into a complex and emotionally charged situation and once more I found myself glued to the pages, riveted as always as Joanna navigates her stressful professional life with her often complex home life. In this chapter, Joanna, pregnant with her third child, is struggling with the untimely deaths of her mother and step-father, dealing with hurt feelings regarding her brother, Bob, being named executor of her mother’s estate, her election campaign, and by a puzzling double murder of two women that at first glance might suggest a murder/suicide. This installment in the series finds Joanna feeling melancholy and a little tender. However, when she steps into her professional role, she’s all business. Jance tackles some controversial and disturbing issues as she works to find who murdered two seemingly unconnected women, while drawing parallels between the case and the youthful mistakes both she and her mother made and the consequences of those actions. This is probably one of the more poignant Brady novels, although faithful followers of the series have followed Joanna on a long, emotional journey, often marred by tragedy. Still, this story has a wistful tone as Joanna looks back on her complicated relationship with her mother and mourns her loss, but also finds a way to celebrate her life. The crime drama is explosive, shocking, and very disturbing. I was totally engrossed in this story as Joanna and Robin, her FBI partner on the case, uncover one of the most twisted and sickening cases of Joanna’s career. Jance did a wonderful job of building suspense, keeping me guessing from start to finish, leaving me totally shocked at the outcome. But, she also tells a touching and emotional family story that proves that no matter how many books are written in the series, no matter how familiar we are with a beloved character, there is still room for growth. Overall, this is a special installment in the series and one any fan of J.A. Jance will not want to miss.
  • (5/5)
    Between unexpected family deaths, a re-election campaign, a daughter heading off to college, and a baby on the way, Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady has her hands full.When two women fall to their deaths from a small peak, was it an accident, a murder/suicide, or a double homicide? Can Joanna find the connection between the two women? If the women were murdered, can she find the perpetrator before another there’s another victim?The twisting plot in this whodunit is compelling; the tension builds with the unveiling of each new secret, and the strong sense of place adds to the impact of the tale. Readers will find it difficult to set this one aside before reaching the final page.Highly recommended.