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The Juan Doe Murders (Smokey Brandon #3)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Smokey Brandon's job, for a California crime lab, is to collect, analyze, and preserve the physical evidence of crimes. Evidence gathering is always tough, and when victims were found in outdoor locations, it was even tougher. Some slide into the coroner's van as "Juan Does", as invisible in death as they seemed to be in life. Haunted by the death of a young female border- ...more
Hardcover, 221 pages
Published November 27th 2000 by Five Star (ME) (first published November 2000)
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So, I Read This Book Today
Jun 26, 2015 So, I Read This Book Today rated it it was amazing
“In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.” - Douglas MacArthur

The battlefield. Blood and fear, hatred and death. But it isn’t only the battlefield where these things lie. Even here, in the arms of the supposed “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” the roar of the battlefield shrieks aloud – carrying blood and fear, hatred and death to the innocent, the child, the weak wishing only for food, shelter, a new life.

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So, I Read This Book Today
“In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.” – Douglas MacArthur

The battlefield. Blood and fear, hatred and death. But it isn’t only the battlefield where these things lie. Even here, in the arms of the supposed “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” the roar of the battlefield shrieks aloud – carrying blood and fear, hatred and death to the innocent, the child, the weak wishing only for food, shelter, a new life.

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Paul Anderson
Mar 27, 2015 Paul Anderson rated it it was amazing
The Juan Doe Murders by Noreen Ayres. Brash Books.
Great writing right from page one to the end. The Juan Doe Murders is the first book I’ve read by Noreen Ayres, and the third Smokey Brandon forensic mystery. Normally, I’m turned off by first person narratives. But the writing is so wonderfully concise that I couldn’t stop reading. Ayres describes forensic procedures in intimate accurate detail. Her descriptions of evidence collection and the politics of policing is spot-on, and her imagery is f
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Col
Feb 08, 2016 Col rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a, 2016
Synopsis/blurb…..

“Tough, hip, visceral and lusty.” – Kirkus Reviews

Someone is killing illegal, Hispanic immigrants and leaving their bodies strewn like trash across Orange County, the playground of Southern California’s rich and privileged. But the murders go largely unnoticed, the anonymous, “Juan Doe” victims as invisible in death as they were in their hidden lives, toiling in low-wage jobs serving the wealthy…. until forensics specialist Samantha “Smokey” Brandon sees the gruesome pattern.

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Autumn
Apr 13, 2015 Autumn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2015
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review. 3.5 stars.
I saw the title of the book and that is what caught my attention I didn't even read the blurb to this book and that is something that I normally don't do. I have to say after reading the blurb I know that Smokey is a female. For the longest time I kept wondering if Smokey was a male or female and though it wasn't a big thing it drove me crazy.
Now I see this book is part of series but it does good as a stand alone so it doesn'
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Paul Franco
Mar 29, 2015 Paul Franco rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
After one chapter I knew this was going to be rough and realistic—at least I wrote a note to that effect—but in the end it wasn’t nearly as gory as that beginning crime scene. And there’s quite a few more murders to investigate, in the not-usual-dead-body areas of Orange County, California.
I was well into the second chapter before realizing—or more likely being told—that the first-person protagonist is a woman, and it didn’t help that she was often referred to as Brandon, which is actually her s
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A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Someone is killing illegal, Hispanic immigrants and leaving their bodies strewn like trash across Orange County, the playground of Southern California’s rich and privileged. But the murders go largely unnoticed, the anonymous, “Juan Doe” victims as invisible in death as they were in their hidden lives, toiling in low-wage jobs serving the wealthy…until forensics specialist Samantha “Smokey” Brandon sees the gr
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Devin
May 02, 2015 Devin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review originally appeared on Devin's Book Hub. I had received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

Someone is killing illegal Hispanic immigrants across Orange County, leaving the bodies in plain site. Who's doing it and why? It's up to Smokey Brandon to solve the seemingly random murders and figure out who's behind the killings.

Meh. I wish I had more to say about this book. While I did finish the novel (I don't like to leave a book unread), it never really grasped me in. I didn't find it tha
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Carolyn Injoy
The Juan Doe Murders, A Smokey Brandon Thriller by Noreen Ayres is a fascinating mystery-thriller. It kept my interest from beginning to end.

Samantha "Smokey" Brandon is an intriguing, well-developed protagonist. She's a former stipper from Las Vegas and is an ex-cop who is working as a forensics investigator. I gave it five stars.

She is compelled to solve the murder of "Little Crane", a young immigrant who was tortured and killed. She also believes a serial killer is at work. I added all of No
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Bill
Mar 27, 2015 Bill rated it it was amazing
Murders of illegals in the L.A. area, her lover in the ICU with a life
threatening heart attack, his son crumbling under incredible stress, her job on the line – forensics specialist and former stripper, Smokey
Brandon finds her life in possible shreds – unless she can help solve
these senseless killings and find some peace with her lover’s health.

This is a gripping page turner with everything you’d want – super suspense, romance, and an eye opening journey to places most of us never see.
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Noreen Ayres has published novels, short stories, and poetry, and has had three teleplays produced, winning several awards for writing. Her varied career includes positions as a technical writer and publications manager for major engineering, petroleum, and aerospace companies. Holding a Masters degree in English and post-grad certifications in business, she has taught composition, creative writin ...more
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