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Cruel Intent: A Novel of Suspense

Cruel Intent: A Novel of Suspense

Escrito por J. A. Jance

Narrado por Karen Ziemba


Cruel Intent: A Novel of Suspense

Escrito por J. A. Jance

Narrado por Karen Ziemba

valoraciones:
4/5 (26 valoraciones)
Longitud:
9 horas
Publicado:
Dec 2, 2008
ISBN:
9780743574907
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descripción


A new and chilling tale of suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of Hand of Evil

On a dating site, singleatheart.com, bored housewives can find romance with married men looking for sex without strings. But these "married singles" are flirting with more than just their vows. At the heart of this seemingly innocent service, a vengeful computer hacker is playing games with people's lives...and deaths.

Ex-television journalist Ali Reynolds just wants a break from excitement. In the midst of a remodel, the last thing she expects is a murder investigation that will stop the construction on her home. But when the savagely murdered body of stay-at-home mom Morgan Forester is found, Ali's contractor Bryan is the prime suspect. Bryan swears he has nothing to do with his wife's murder -- but as the investigation progresses, Ali seems to be the only resident of Sedona who believes him.

Determined to prove Bryan's innocence, Ali unknowingly lands herself directly in the path of a calculating killer. In a world filled with encrypted computer traps and life-threatening lies, will Ali be able to decode the actions of a ruthless man determined to destroy women -- before he uses his wicked website to find her?
Publicado:
Dec 2, 2008
ISBN:
9780743574907
Formato:
Audiolibro


Sobre el autor

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)
    The reader knows about the serial killer and his evil ways, but no one else, including Ali, figures it out and it seems like he has an airtight method. We know Ali will end up in serious danger, along with people she cares about in her family and community, so the tension builds right up until the end. This is the book when we are introduced to B. Simpson, important to Ali's future.
  • (3/5)
    This was a pretty interesting book and the fourth in a series. It follows Ali Reynolds, a former LA newscaster, who now lives in her hometown of Sedona, Arizona. While fixing up her new home, her hired contractor is under suspicion in relation to his wife's gruesome murder. In typical "Ali" fashion, she becomes curious and tries to solve it with the help of a friend and gets more than she bargained for.

    The story was interesting and did have some pretty thrilling parts, but I did rate it 3 out of 5 stars for a reason. Ali Reynolds is a character I love, no doubt, but she is also constantly getting involved in things that are better left to the police. I'll admit, she does have a knack for crime fighting, but I find it hard to believe that she just happens to come across the answers every single time.

    That being said, I still enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
  • (4/5)
    This was one of those books that make you think. Since it was about something that could actual happen, it really makes you put on you thinking cap. It didn't seem interesting at first but was better the longer I kept with it.
  • (4/5)
    Another title in the Ali Reynolds series by the prolific Jance. All I can say is don't have something else that you urgently need to do when you come to the last one-third of this book for you surely will not be able to put it down. It's a page-turner!
  • (5/5)
    I love books that give me so much info to follow along with the series.
  • (5/5)
    very good book. I like this Ali Reynolds character and that the stories are set in Arizona
  • (4/5)
    This was one of those books that make you think. Since it was about something that could actual happen, it really makes you put on you thinking cap. It didn't seem interesting at first but was better the longer I kept with it.
  • (4/5)
    Another title in the Ali Reynolds series by the prolific Jance. All I can say is don't have something else that you urgently need to do when you come to the last one-third of this book for you surely will not be able to put it down. It's a page-turner!
  • (4/5)
    Cruel Intent is the fourth book in J.A. Jance's Ali Reynolds series. I've read two of her others and can say this is my favorite so far. It's a light, easy read without any glaring holes in the mystery and Jance has done a wonderful job of creating a character in Ali Reynolds who has day to day problems she seems to handle in imperfect ways. I like that. It gives a sense of reality to a mystery series where the crimes find the main character rather than the other way around.Cruel Intent is about a man who uses his computer skills to find and hurt women. That's clear in the first couple of pages, so it's not a spoiler. But there are other characters in the book who balance the pure evil in this man: another computer expert who operates a legitimate business and cares about his clients, a construction contractor who loves his children and is willing to sacrifice his own happiness for theirs, a weak bureaucrat in a loveless marriage who would rather sneak around to find some happiness than face up to his situation. And Ali's family is an important part of this story. Her son, Chris, and his fiance are planning a wedding and experiencing typical problems with that process. That part was fun. Her mother is also a major player in this story. The one issue I had with this story concerns Ali's relationship with her mother and a choice Ali makes late in the book. I won't say anything more than that.Cruel Intent is a good choice for people who like light, but sometimes violent, mysteries with characters we readers feel we know.Steve Lindahl – author of Motherless Soul and White Horse Regressions
  • (3/5)
    Of late I've been really souring on the insane overabundance of serial killer novels. They have been so overdone of late that it was hard to trudge through yet another one. Still, Cruel Intent was a pretty easy read and had a lighter tone than some of the others I've read lately. In Cruel Intent, ex TV journalist Ali Reynolds gets involved in a murder case when the contractor working on her case is investigated and later arrested for murder. In the process, she comes across a website devoted to married people hooking up and gets in the crosshairs of the killer. My biggest problem is that their was so much extraneous information that was neither pertinent to the story or remotely interesting. I think Jance could have cut a quarter of the novel out and not missed a beat. The whole side story where Ali was in charge of giving a scholarship was pointless. With a better editor this novel would have improved greatly.Carl Alves - author of Two For Eternity
  • (3/5)
    Enjoyable CD book for a long drive. Slow in places and frustrating when the excitement is there and she decides to describe the surroundings in great detail instead of getting on with the plot. The internet stuff about how one captures private data and reuses parts to recreate personas is interesting and worrisome if it is half true.
  • (5/5)
    Cruel Intent by J. A. JanceAli Reynolds just wanted to get into her house and make Thanksgiving dinner. Little did she know that a serial killer would thrust his ugly way into her hopes for a pleasant holiday. This mystery really moved. Jance put the pedal to the metal and never let up. Ali is a likeable heroine who cares about people around her. She is tolerant of others and their differences. Her butler, Leland, provides her with a steady hand when she lets her emotions run away. Her relationship with her Mother and Dad came off as authentic and familiar. I found her a very believable character. Peter Winters, the psychopathic serial killer was almost stereotypically evil. He had no redeeming characteristics. Jance populated the book with characters that are entertaining and believable. The tension in the story and the action will provide every adrenal junkie a great rush. I liked the book enough to go out and get the two Ali Reynold’s novels that preceded it. I highly recommend the book.
  • (4/5)
    I love the modern day character Ali Reynolds who always seems to find herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Jance's characters in all her books are such real people and not the perfect people some artist right about. I love this story too keep coming up with the good plots M's Jance. I would love to see a television series based on Sheriff Johanna Brady character on television and now add Ali Reynolds to that list. Maybe in the future we will see these two gals working together to solve another intriguing mystery.
  • (4/5)
    A serial killer who focuses on cheating wives almost finishes Ali Reynolds, in this entry in Jance's other Arizona series. Unlike most books featuring a serial killer, this one does not linger lovingly over every gory detail. Instead, it is more about Ali's life, family, friends, and construction woes.Worth reading but nothing special.
  • (3/5)
    An up and coming young lawyer from Glasgow and a former TV personality retired to a mobile home in the Arizona backwoods would appear to have nothing in common and yet, as is the way with thrillers, they are both forced to fight for their lives when targeted by ruthless evil…Now don’t get me wrong, I love thrillers – I love mysteries and detective stories and police procedurals, I even enjoy horror stories – but there comes a point where even the most dutiful brain rebels against the willing suspension of disbelief. Ever noticed how few murders in thrillers are opportunistic? South African serial killers seldom have a personal motive for their crimes – they simply kill whenever they think they can get away with it. Your foreign psycho however is a far more complex character and needs a motive to justify his slaughters.Daisy Chain, GJ Moffat’s debut novel, is an entirely different proposition: it has an urban rather than a rural setting and the ‘baddies’ – while they may be conscienceless killers – are simply, like good Nazis, following orders. Yuppie Glasgow lawyer Logan Finch is get-head ambitious and appears to have it all – except he has only ever been half a person since Penelope Grant, the love of his life, simply walked out on him and then disappeared over 12 years ago. As is so often the case when a naive innocent is threatened by evil, finch is saved by the expertise of a friend with a shadowy past and access to weapons. American Alex Cahill runs a security company and is present when police arrive from a murder scene in which Logan’s card was found under the corpse. The dead woman is Penny Morgan, Finch’s former girlfriend.The police suspect him, but not only was he unaware that Penny had been in Glasgow for several months, he was also ignorant of the fact she had a daughter, Ellie – his daughter, who has been kidnapped by her mother’s murderers. The child was taken to pressurize Finch into laundering money on behalf of an international racketeer: with the assistance of Cahill and his associates, Ellie is rescued, her abductors killed, and father and daughter are united for the first time. Instead of finding another lawyer, the criminals set their sights on Logan, investigated his past, tracked down his girlfriend, and discovered he has a daughter – in short, they knew more about him than he knew about himself. Is this usual gangster SOP? It seems like a lot of time, expense and trouble to go to merely to acquire leverage over a lawyer. But that’s what they do and why Logan finds himself risking all to save a girl he has never met. As I said initially, homegrown killers have a lot to learn from their more sophisticated European and American brothers who seldom opt for the safe and easy when to comes to killing and, although their success rate is relatively low, have turned murder into an art form cherished by all thriller readers.
  • (4/5)
    I've read a lot of J.A. Jance, but this is the first in this character series. Enjoyed the focus on lives and relationships, the technology aspect to solving the crime, and just the very weirdness of the "bad guy." I appreciated the reconciliation with Ali's in-laws near the end, leaving room for further development in the future.
  • (2/5)
    An enjoyable read but the murder plot wasfelt like an unneeded sideline to me; it distracted from the very interesting changes going on in Ali's life. Does she ALWAYS need to attract homicidal maniacs?!