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Outlaw Mountain

Outlaw Mountain

Escrito por J. A. Jance

Narrado por C.J. Critt


Outlaw Mountain

Escrito por J. A. Jance

Narrado por C.J. Critt

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4.5/5 (12 valoraciones)
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12 horas
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Publicado:
Jun 8, 2010
ISBN:
9780061953897
Formato:
Audiolibro

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Alice Rogers, an elderly widow, is dead, found murdered in the Arizona desert. It's easy enough to pin the killing on the teens caught driving her car across the Mexican border, but Sheriff Brady isn't about to let it go at that. Alice was something of a free spirit, with a penchant for Scotch, the glitter of Las Vegas, and a romance with a man twenty years her junior. Her hot-tempered daughter Susan suspects Mom's boyfriend-her former handyman who moved in instead of moving on when he finished his handy work. Now Susan's furious at her brother Clete, the do-nothing mayor of Tombstone, blaming him for not protecting their inheritance by breaking up their mother's winter romance.

Yet all is not as it appears to be, and Joanna is forced to put her personal life on hold to dig deeper into Alice's death, the lives of her greedy offspring, and the identity of her mysterious gentleman friend. And as the investigation gets sidetracked by ugly local land disputes, it takes some troublesome twists and turns, until Sheriff Brady finds herself wading through a murky morass of graft and corruption that may have given someone reason to kill-and kill again.

Editorial:
Publicado:
Jun 8, 2010
ISBN:
9780061953897
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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  • (3/5)
    Jance is also the author of the J. P. Beaumont series, one that I like a lot. This is the first I have read of her Sheriff Joanna Brady series of novels that take place in Cochise County, Arizona. Apparently, in a preceding book, Jance explains how Joanna became sheriff, stepping into the role following the death of her husband, who had been sheriff until he was killed.
    An elderly woman, Alice Rogers, is discovered dead, covered with vicious cholla cactus spines. In her hands is clutched a vial of insulin, yet she was not diabetic. She was a wealthy woman, and the clues seem to point to a mysterious gardener and handyman who has disappeared, leaving behind no fingerprints in his house. Alice’s grown children, Cletus, the mayor of Tombstone, and Sally, both had motives. Alice had a large estate, and both were in need of money. The plot begins to get confusing, and the book takes on more the feel of a police procedural as eco-terrorists attack a local subdivision construction site, a Tuscon woman is discovered collecting rattlesnakes whose home range the subdivision is destroying, Joanna’s chief deputy for operations gets drunk and resigns in despair over her engagement to a local writer, a substantial heroin ring is uncovered, and fingerprints of the missing gardener match those of a dead policeman who had been working on a corruption case near Las Vegas. Someone has also dumped off a retarded teenager at the local Catholic church bazaar, and Joanna has to try to locate the parents or guardians. Not to mention that Joanna, a single parent, has to deal with her precocious eleven-year-old and her interfering and obnoxious mother.
    She’s a tough character dealing with the bad guys and manages to get herself out of some difficult situations -- I do wish the author had dressed her in something more practical than a skirt and pantyhose. It seems some kind of uniform would have been more realistic given herhands-on involvement. Everyone in the small town of Brisbee seems to be rather untrustworthy, and I hope they have a big jail at the rate the dead bodies and crooks are piling up.
    It’s a good story, but I think I prefer the Beaumont series. Joanna seems to lack some common sense that other characters have, and some of her fears regarding her relationship with the former in-laws are just silly.
  • (5/5)
    If there was an easy straight-forward answer to the guilty party we wouldn’t have much of a story. But as with all of the books in this series, the path to the truth leads Sheriff Joanna Brady and her understaffed/overworked department in a number of directions and it’s interesting to see how the various threads get us there. This is made more difficult as the know-it-all newly elected Sheriff of Pima County doesn’t want to cooperate with Cochise County’s Sheriff’s department regarding the death of a woman found in the desert.There are two major threads to this story. The first involves the murder of Alice and we’re along for her experience as she dies. Her son and daughter actually add an element of entertainment to the story as these two people believe they have the right to throw their weight and opinions around. It also provides an element of danger to Joanna.The other thread is more compassionate and through it we actually learn how good-hearted and patient Butch and Jenny are when a mentally-challenged man in his fifties, Junior, is abandoned by his caregivers at an art fair and Joanna doesn’t know where to take him while looking for his guardians.What I love about this series is not only the police procedures and how and why Joanna makes the decisions she does, but her home life is challenging as well. Her relationship with her young daughter is made difficult with her hours and sudden calls out to crime scenes, and she’s relying more heavily on Butch for help with that. She also needs to face her relationship with him. The various characters and relationships are what really give this series life. Every one of them feels real and three-dimensional, no one is perfect, and we’re always learning more about them.
  • (4/5)
    This is a series I've enjoyed since it began,  although I have not been reading them in any particular order.  In this one, Joanna Brady, sheriff of Cochise County is called upon to investigate and help solve the mystery surrounding the death of an elderly woman whose body is found impaled on hundreds of cactus spines.  At first, it appears that the old lady, who was known to drink more than a few at a time, may have just gotten lost driving in the desert while drunk, left her car in the middle of the night, slipped, fallen and lost the battle to the giant cactus.Although the death doesn't occur inside her jurisdiction, there are several other factors that involve Cochise County officials, and Sheriff Brady begins to suspect murder. There are several likely villains in this one, and more appearances by Joanna's other family members.  In addition, the side story of  "Junior" the lost man-child found abandoned at the local church, and who somehow ends up in Joanna's temporary custody, adds a strong sense of family, caring, and humanity that makes this series one I keep returning to.If you haven't tried any of these, I'd recommend grabbing one the next time they pop up.  I haven't found it necessary to read them in order, so start anyplace you want to.