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The Walker family survived the atrocities perpetrated by a serial killer and his crazed acolyte in both Hour of the Hunter and Kiss of the Bees. But can they escape the vengeance of a new killer or killers whose sights have been set on their precious daughter, Lani? Young girls are being spirited away from an orphanage deep in Colonial Mexico -- told they're traveling to a loving adoptive family in southern Arizona, their hopes are high. But the fate that waits for them is truly horrifying: when death comes, it will be a blessing....

Former Sheriff Brandon Walker is living the life of a reluctant retiree. Playing golf while his wife, Diana Ladd, continues to write her bestselling tales of true crime, he desperately misses the action and sense of usefulness from days gone by. When he’s invited to join the Last Chance Club to review and attempt to solve long-cold cases, he little imagines the first case to cross his path will be one he may have botched back when he was sheriff. And when the case from all those decades past becomes entangled with a current murder, it seems a serial killer with a very long and shocking track record may be back in business....

Topics: Serial Killers, Cold Cases, Murder, Sexual Abuse, Arizona, Private Investigators, Sheriffs, Suspenseful, Series, Multiple Perspectives, Flashbacks, Dark, 2000s, and Violent

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061741944
List price: $8.99
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I've read many books by J.A. Janice out of habit more than enjoyment, and tend to quit as soon as I can see the end coming, but this was a really good story I actually enjoy all the way through. Nicely done. read more
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Good mystery. Like this author.read more
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This is my first J.A. Jance book. I picked it up based on the description on the back.The premise was good. A reluctantly retired sheriff joins The Last Chance Club, a group that reviews and tries to solve really cold cases. His first case is somehow connected to an old case he had before retirement and he may even be on the trail of a serial killer.An Indian legend is woven throughout the novel. I wasn't sure how the legend tied into the overall story. I'm not sure if the story seemed light because the narrative was kind of simple or because the narration was light-hearted.You definitely have to suspend belief in order to go with this one.read more
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I've read many books by J.A. Janice out of habit more than enjoyment, and tend to quit as soon as I can see the end coming, but this was a really good story I actually enjoy all the way through. Nicely done.
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Good mystery. Like this author.
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This is my first J.A. Jance book. I picked it up based on the description on the back.The premise was good. A reluctantly retired sheriff joins The Last Chance Club, a group that reviews and tries to solve really cold cases. His first case is somehow connected to an old case he had before retirement and he may even be on the trail of a serial killer.An Indian legend is woven throughout the novel. I wasn't sure how the legend tied into the overall story. I'm not sure if the story seemed light because the narrative was kind of simple or because the narration was light-hearted.You definitely have to suspend belief in order to go with this one.
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Since Brandon Walker had retired from being Pima County Sheriff, he had felt restless. Having something to do, something to investigate was just what he needed and what he finally had again. Being invited to be part of ‘The Last Chance’ (TLC - a group dedicated to finding answers to older, cold cases) was just the ticket. When Fat Crack sent a still grieving mother to him because of his connection to the group, Brandon jumped in and found a lead that brought him to suspect a connection between his 30 year old case and an on going case that Brian Fellows was currently investigating. The ex-cop had a gut feeling and followed up with it leading to more than he had ever expected to find.Book 3 ….. Being the third of the series, I have gotten used to the Indian legends and stories intermixed in the book, but this time the it didn’t seem to have quite as good of connection to the story as they usually do. I have also noticed that the author tries to re-cap the previous books during the story telling, the refresher is nice, but does not replace reading the actual book and so I don’t recommend reading these out of order. There are tidbits that are very helpful to have about several of the characters. This story progressed at a fast pace, even though the set up for the story made it fairly obvious who done it, it was still a very intense and dramatic. The combination of characters and the continued evolution of the characters is wonderful to see and I am so glad that I have read these in order. There is another one, (Queen of the Night) and I look forward to reading this book too.
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Jance intermingles Indian myths from the Tohono O'odham with a rather unbelievable tale of grisley sex and violence committed by a prominent Tucson woman abetted by her husband. There are a number of "good guys" including Brandon Walker, the ex-sheriff of Pima County, and his long-time Tohono O'odham friend, Gabe "Fat Crack" Ortiz, who is also the tribal leader. Although the story certainly contained suspense, the elements that comprised it seemed ludicrous. Tie-ins to Tucson were not well-integrated and clumsy. The plot was over the top. A prominent woman constantly in the media spotlight committing some forty grisly, unsolved murders of young undocumented alien girls after she and her husband (also a prominent doctor) were done torturing and sexually abusing them? Magic crystals that showed the face of the murderess? The tribal leader going by the name Fat Crack? Her good guys are likable, but her writing is very sophomoric. (JAF)
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The third installment of Jance’s Walker series focuses on retired Sheriff Brandon Walker. The regular characters of Diana, Davy and Lani return, but only in very minor roles.In completing his first case for The Last Chance, an organization that solves cold cases through the talents of ex-law enforcement personal, Brandon must identify the murderer of a small child in a homicide that happened 30 years ago. As the plot develops, it becomes apparent that many unsolved cases are all inter-related. The story enters its climactic finish when Brandon makes all of the connections that lead him to the suspect; someone that’s been a friend of the family for years.Keeping with the rest of this series, Jance has developed some truly evil villains. The level of violence and brutality they employ far exceeds that used in her other series. Fortunately, most is implied and only helps to increase the level of danger placed upon the main characters.This book continues to intertwine Papago legend and mythology into the writing, but not to the same degree as the first two books. It’s also interesting how this story highlighted some inconsistencies within the Tohono O’odham people’s beliefs. From older plot lines, we know that killing is abhorred by these people. If they kill another, they must undergo a 15 day purification ritual. However, during the death investigation, a body must be exhumed. You would imagine that there would be a taboos against dealing with a corpse, but an elderly woman delivers the corpse by hand to speed up the investigation. I’m really enjoying this series. I hope Lani and Davy have more active parts in future releases. Based on the ending of this book, that may be a necessity.
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