The heat is killer in Cochise County, Arizona and in the suffocating stillness of an airless trailer, a woman is lying dead, a bullet hole in her chest. Who would murder a harmless loner and why did the killer use an eighty-five-year-old bullet, fired from the same weapon that slaughtered two other women?
The slayings are as oppressive as the blistering heat for Sheriff Joanna Brady, who must shoulder the double burden of a brutal reelection campaign and major developments on the home front. Joanna must now deal with the terrifying reality that now threatens everyone in her jurisdiction: a serial killer is in their midst.
As personal and professional pressure mounts, Sheriff Brady must pursue a sadistic murderer into the shadows of the past to get to the roots of a monstrous obsession...and expose the permanent wounds of a crime far worse than homicide.
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New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance was born in South Dakota, brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, and now lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.From AudioFile:
Lonely, eccentric Carol Mossman collects stray dogs. In a blistering opening sequence sure to capture the listener, Carol is shot and killed in her trailer home, her 17 dogs, inside with her, left to die from the Arizona heat. During the murder investigation, Sheriff Joanna Brady uncovers a family's web of deception, two seemingly unrelated murders, a religious cult, and child abuse. A strange hesitation in narrator Stephanie Brush's reading takes some getting used to. Her voice is lively, however, and her reading offers fine insights into Joanna's strained relationship with her mother and her quandary between her work and motherhood. While some of Brush's characterizations sound forced, she does a creditable job with Jance's complex scenario. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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