Somewhere, just outside Phoenix, lurks a ""peeping tom, a killer. He's abandoning his partially clad victims in the cool, dark desert, terrifying even the most intrepid Arizona women. Enter Joanna Brady, a young widow, and Cochise County's newly elected sheriff. Summoned to a police academy in Phoenix for officer training, she swiftly dodges her chauvinistic instructor for the state's hottest case. But when the killer strikes Joanna's female classmate, Joanna becomes embroiled in an emotional search. Worse yet, her young daughter is in Phoenix for Thanksgiving and could be a target.
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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.From Publishers Weekly:
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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