Shoot Don't Shoot (Joanna Brady Mysteries)

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A prisoner languishes in a Phoenix jail cell, accused of brutally slaying his estranged wife. No one believes the man is innocent, except the new female sheriff of Cochise County, in town for a crash course in police training. Joanna Brady is out of her jurisdiction—and possibly in over her head. For a human monster is on the prowl, hiding the grisly evidence of his horrific crimes in the vast emptiness of the Arizona desert. And an impromptu investigation, with no official sanction and no back up, is drawing a cold, ingenious serial killer much too close to Brady for comfort—and, worse still, closer to her little girl.

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J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and five interrelated thrillers about the Walker family, as well as a volume of poetry. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

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If, after nearly being done in at the conclusion of Tombstone Courage, newly elected Cochise County, Ariz., sheriff Joanna Brady thought she deserved a calm spell, she had another think coming. The plucky widow, whose sheriff husband was slain on duty, reluctantly leaves her 13-year-old daughter and comfortable hometown of Bisbee for Tucson, where she enrolls in a sorely needed law-enforcement course. The big city is besieged by a number of brutal domestic-violence crimes, which turn out to be the work of an opportunistic serial killer. Joanna finds herself drawn into the case of one falsely accused suspect even as she hits the books and deflects verbal attacks from her neanderthal instructor. In her last outing, Joanna's balance of toughness and vulnerability was utterly believable, as were her struggles with her domineering mother and troubled daughter. But Jance goes overboard here. The family tensions now border on melodrama, and it's amazing that Joanna hasn't developed a persecution complex, given the way danger always threatens so close to home. Maybe, when she returns to dusty, irresistible Bisbee, all will be right again.
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