Day of the Dead (Walker Family, #3)
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Day of the Dead (Walker Family #3)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  986 ratings  ·  104 reviews
The Walker family survived the atrocities perpetrated by a serial killer and his crazed acolyte in both Hour of the Hunter and Kiss of the Bees. But can they escape the vengeance of a new killer or killers whose sights have been set on their precious daughter, Lani? Young girls are being spirited away from an orphanage deep in Colonial Mexico -- told they're traveling to a...more
Published July 26th 2005 by Avon (first published January 1st 2004)
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Benjamin Thomas
I finished my latest audio book this morning on the way into work. It was my first book ever by J.A. Jance and is called, Day of the Dead. I didn't know this when I picked it off the library shelves but it is the third book in a mystery series involving an Indian reservation in Arizona. That happens quite a bit for me when I pick up an audio book from the library...I don't have the ability to research to see if it is part of a series. But usually, with mysteries it doesn't matter too much.

JA Jan...more
I am accustomed to JA Jance's writing style and know that she can come up with some incredibly twisted stuff, but this book really pushed the envelope! Never one to shy away from graphic detail, I forged on, but I must admit that I was a bit put off by some of it from time to time.
The plot revolves around a series of murders across several decades. Teenage girls are bound and held as bdsm sex slaves by a well-known "philanthropist" couple. Once the couple tires of them, they are killed and disp...more

This book started with some promise. Brandon Walker is a former sheriff and he is now bored out of his skull having retired while his wife is still busy and often traveling, so when Brandon receives an invitation to lunch and is invited to join The Last Chance Club; he accepts before lunch even arrives. This is a group whose funding is provided by a woman whose daughter's murder was never solved. These retired police and investigators are being asked to solve long-cold cases. And the premise was...more
Many others have already described the plot for this story, I just want to encourage everyone to READ THIS BOOK!!! You will be horrified by the sick crimes committed by a well respected and well to do couple. At the same time you will be thrilled with the "heroes" as well as the nail-biting ending!

J. A. Jance is an awesome author!
Found another Jance character I like. Ex-sheriff Brandon Walker. Walker is hired by a group called TLC, The Last Chance, a non-profit that examines cold cases. His first case – to find who brutally raped and murdered a young native girl in 1970. Walker soon finds similar cases over the years in other jurisdictions that were tabled because of lack of funds, or perhaps because the victims were young Indian girls and politics (both tribal and non) got in the way. Fortunately, with new technologies...more
Hated the topic. Too chopped up...literally and figuratively. Can't stand sadistic sexual plots. Realized I don't like the Walker series, whereas her others I love.
Carl Alves
In Day of the Dead, former sheriff Brandon Walker is asked by an old Indian woman to investigate the murder of her daughter who was killed in 1970. Walker, who is a member of a private agency that investigates old cases, takes the case on. In his investigation he finds other similarly unsolved murders involving dismembered bodies left alongside of a road.

I was largely unimpressed by Jance’s writing in this novel. I thought it was mediocre at best. The plot also suffered from a lack of believabil...more
Sheriff Walker is retired and has joined the group that is solving old cased. Emma, an Indian woman comes to him. Her daughter was killer 30 years ago and found cut up in an ice chest. Walker takes the case. At the same time a case comes in the the police of a young woman cut up to Walker's step son, Brian. Eric, who works for Medicos for Mexico is arrested for the case. Brian doesn't think the case is as clear as it seems to be. As usual Jances keeps the reader interested and on the edge of the...more
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ormer Sheriff Brandon Walker is living the life of a reluctant retiree. Playing golf while his wife, Diana Ladd, continues to write her bestselling tales of true crime, he desperately misses the action and sense of usefulness from days gone by. When he’s invited to join the Last Chance Club to review and attempt to solve long-cold cases, he little imagines the first case to cross his path will be one he may have botched back when he was sheriff. Very graphic and it creeped me out at times. I rea...more
Western thriller: dark plot but suspenseful conclusion !

We're fans of Jance, having read her some two dozen mysteries in the JP Beaumont and Sheriff Joanna Brady series. Jance has over time given us three quite different thrillers, which the author defines as stories in which the reader knows the culprits all along, with the suspense coming from the race between the bad guys and the good guys hunting them. These three novels, Hour of the Hunter, Kiss of the Bees, and this new one, Day of the Dea...more
Since Brandon Walker had retired from being Pima County Sheriff, he had felt restless. Having something to do, something to investigate was just what he needed and what he finally had again. Being invited to be part of ‘The Last Chance’ (TLC - a group dedicated to finding answers to older, cold cases) was just the ticket. When Fat Crack sent a still grieving mother to him because of his connection to the group, Brandon jumped in and found a lead that brought him to suspect a connection between h...more
The third installment of Jance’s Walker series focuses on retired Sheriff Brandon Walker. The regular characters of Diana, Davy and Lani return, but only in very minor roles.

In completing his first case for The Last Chance, an organization that solves cold cases through the talents of ex-law enforcement personal, Brandon must identify the murderer of a small child in a homicide that happened 30 years ago. As the plot develops, it becomes apparent that many unsolved cases are all inter-related. T...more
Jance's book are always three or four-star reads for me (Only 10-12 of the 1300 books I have read since I started recording on Goodreads have been 5-stars. The book has to have some intrinsic personal or societal value for me to rate it a 5). Jance's plots are always well-developed and skillfully intertwined. The characters are believable, likeable, and well-rounded. The pace of the action is brisk but not TOO brisk. This author is the most skillful flashback writer I have ever read - most autho...more
Third novel in the the ex-Sheriff Brandon Walker series, the very disturbing plot involving child molestation, sexual abuse, torture and murder make this a difficult book to read. Walker and his family live near the Tohono O'Odham Indian nation. Throughout the book, O'Odham legends and religious practices are told at the beginning of each chapter. While these legends are interesting, they have little to do with the plot except to give us a reprieve from the difficult subject matter.
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Michelle (meshe)

Author: J.A. Jance
Finished: 03/12/09
Synopsis: Young girls are being spirited away from an orphanage deep in Colonial Mexico -- told they're traveling to a loving adoptive family in southern Arizona, their hopes are high. But the fate that waits for them is truly horrifying: when death comes, it will be a blessing....

Former Sheriff Brandon Walker is living the life of a reluctant retiree. Playing golf while his wife, Diana Ladd, continues to write her bestselling tales of true crime, he desperate...more
I downloaded this book because I've long been a fan of the Joanna Brady series. My reaction here is quite different. That doesn't mean that I don't like the book, just for different reasons and in a different way.

First of all, this book did not do well as an audiobook for me. There were too many characters with too many unusual names and a pair with the same name. In addition, a book written in third-person- point of view in which the consciousness switches from one character to another, throwin...more
Elizabeth White
I was put off by the gruesomeness of it. If this was the first J.A. Jance book I'd ever read, I'd never read another one. She is a good writer. I just couldn't handle this book. At one point, I shipped most of the book and skipped to the end and didn't feel like I'd missed anything that would have made me more comfortable with it.
CD/Unabridged/Mystery: Too many characters. Too many meaningless flashbacks. This audio would have been so, so much better if it was abridged. I'm never going to listen or read another Brandon Walker novel. I'll stick with Joanna Brady.
This one had too many issues. The narrator was find, but the book is full of background details to characters that have no real purpose to the plot and solving the murders. The ending was extremely anti-climatic and a letdown. The bad guys get off way too easy.
This crime novel by J.A. Jance has all the elements of a good serial killer story. The black widow wife of a physician who has become a pillar of the Phoenix upper crust is ruthless in her ambition.

The young women from Mexico feed the perversions of her husband and their charity organization is a cover story and a conduit for new victims. A retired detective has a close relationship to the Desert People, the Tohono O'odham, through his adopted daughter. She has a link to the medicine man of the...more
I really like Jance's JP Beaumont and Joanna Brady series...when I read the first the 1st Brandon Walker and Diana Ladd novel, Hour of the Hunter, I thought the series wasn't up to the standards of the other be honest,I was I'm reading the 3rd one and I have been captured by Jance's use of "inter-chapters" of Native-American mythology carrying a theme for the the 1st novel it threw me off, but now I'm into it...its very much like Steinbeck's Grapes of...more
This series has grown on me over the years. I just re-read this book and truly enjoyed both the First Nations side of the story as well as the strong action side.

One thing I do enjoy about J.A. Jance's multiple series is that as I age, so do the characters. It's nice to sympathize with their aches and pains.

This series is harder to define than the author's other series. In a way there is no one "hero" of this book, there is retired sheriff Brandon Walker as primary, but there is also Brian Fell...more
Gloria Bernal
Oh my gosh, pretty gruesome, but hard to put down. The third installment (awaiting the 4th in 2010) in the Walker/Ladd series by Jance which takes place in the Tucson area. Having lived there I've enjoyed the locale and reading about the areas I know and recognize. This series is very different from the detective J.P. Beaumont (which we love - my husband and I are reading that series in order) and the Sheriff Brady series.

This one left me thinking that I sure hope there is a hell in the afterlif...more
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Steven Schaefer
Not a bad book for the third in a series. It was good to see Jance move to a mystery not centered on the family for a change. I was a bit disappointed to discover no longer sheriff Brandon Walker near retirement age in this book. The Native American tales are less frequent in this book, but still seem to apply to the thriller covered by the book. It was welcome to see the extended family dealing with life's other aspects as well as the mystery. I'm really looking forward to restarting the fourth...more
Maria Dolores
Although the main plot is quite OK, this book has a lot of flaws. First, it has many buffers/sub plots that are not important in the story. Second, there are a lot of characters involved and most of them are dead by the second part of the book where the story gets interesting. Third, this book is very confusing with a very lame ending. Nonetheless, I give J.A Jance some points for her innovation. Introducing the killers as early as the first chapter is very refreshing. Overall, if you don't have...more
Once you get past the very dark and disturbing subject, it was a compelling read.
Daniel O'connell
Too many characters to keep track of. :(
I don't mind complicated plots and huge character lists. I can even follow convoluted timelines, though it is harder in audio format. This one simply eluded me. I was on disc 3 and still thinking, "what? Who is he talking about now? is he (he being the reader, by the way) still in the same book??" And while I understand that thrillers are thrillers because of the minds of evil-doers with too much motivation for horrific acts, the descriptions of the atrocities committed on young girls was too mu...more
This book had mystery, murder, intrigue, incest, action and aggravation.

That said, the title definitely left me wanting something else, and the book didn't have nearly the closure I was hoping for - I didn't know it was part of a series until I came to write this review.

For a random book picked up in Mexico, however, it was a pretty good read. It didn't become much of a page turner until the second half, but that second half was good enough that I'll keep an eye out for other books in the serie...more
Pretty well paced detective thriller. Some readers might be troubled by the fairly graphic depictions of sexual assault/rape and murder. Also, the identity of the perpetrator(s) is known fairly early on in the story, so the book becomes less of a who-done-it and more of the story of how they'll be caught and brought to justice.

The story also centers around Native American culture and folklore which lends an interesting flavor to the narrative.
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Judith Ann Jance is the top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series; the J. P. Beaumont series; three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family; and Edge of Evil, the first in a series featuring Ali Reynolds. 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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