New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance returns with her "compellingsatisfying" (USA TODAY) third novel in the gripping suspense series featuring ex-television journalist Ali Reynolds.
With his hand trapped in the door of a speeding car, a man struggles to remain upright as he's dragged along a deserted stretch of San Juan Road in Phoenix's South Mountain Preserve. It's the perfect place to drive a man to his grave—literally. Starting with a crime so gruesome even prowling coyotes keep their distance from the remains, a killer begins crisscrossing the Southwest on a spree of grisly murders.
A hundred miles away, Ali Reynolds is grieving. The news-casting job she once delighted in is gone—and so is the philandering husband she loved and thought she knew. When a member of the family who gave Ali a generous scholarship decades earlier suddenly asks her for a meeting, Ali wonders what it can mean. Before she can satisfy her curiosity, though, Ali receives another startling call: a friend's teenage daughter has disappeared. Ali offers to help. But in doing so, she unknowingly begins a quest that will reveal a deadly ring of secrets, at the center of which stand two undiscriminating killers.
Hand of Evil is Jance at her best, weaving a masterful story of suspense that travels over generations, exposing two very different women with the same horrifying secret. Will Ali become a victim herself, or will she escape from a deadly deceit that no amount of security—financial or emotional—can cover up?
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by J.A. Jance
"Ex-TV anchorwoman Ali Reynolds is summoned to the home of Arabella Ashcroft, whose family largesse sent Ali to college. Arabella asks for Ali's help in writing her memoir, which reveals a family history of childhood abuse. Meanwhile, Ali's divorced friend, Detective Dave Holman, learns his teenage daughter has run away from her mother and stepfather in Las Vegas. Karen Ziemba's sweet voice grows stronger as the story progresses. She is especially successful when Ali deals with Dave's surly teenager, and her slight alterations for gender differentiation are also effective. In her third Ali Reynolds adventure, J.A. Jance scores with a solid plot, original characters who make difficult choices, credible solutions, and some fascinating information about blogs, the Internet, teens, and text messaging. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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