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Hand of Evil (Ali Reynolds #3)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  2,777 Ratings  ·  251 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Touchstone Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Aug 02, 2010 Jerry rated it liked it
We're huge J.A. Jance fans, having read every single one of her Beaumont and Brady books, as well as her non-series thriller novels. When this new series started, featuring Ali Reynolds, we immediately saw it as an attempt to feature a more "modern" leading lady, who spends much of her time on the internet, blogging and so forth, the descriptions of which we soon found tiresome. While the mysteries per se were decent enough, as one would surely expect of veteran Jance, to be blunt we just did no ...more
Jan 29, 2008 Sfdreams rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cozy mystery fans
Shelves: reviewed
This is the third book of JA Jance's Ali Reynolds series. I had forgotten about this series, but I have JA Jance marked as a favorite author at the library, and they automatically reserve all her books for me. I don't know why I forgot about this series, because I REALLY enjoyed this book! (As I tend to do with ALL her books--although I thought until I read this book that her Joanna Brady mysteries were my favorite!)

Ali Reynolds is a former news broadcaster that in the first book was fired from
Another mystery whodunit where the woman (an ordinary citizen) can't keep her nose out of other people's business, and plants herself right dab in the middle of not one, but 2 different murder investigations (with a total of 8 bodies ~ at least I think it was 8; I stopped counting!) plus a child molestation case.
The book kept me interested right up to about 3/4 of the way through and by that time I had invested enough energy and time in the read that I wanted to finish it.

I finally was ready t
Jan 30, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
Good read, but not great. Was not that crazy about the main character, Ali, but the side characters I liked a lot, especially the crazy old rich lady. Ali writes a daily blog, and has a lot of followers, and one of them is an old lady who is the daughter of a benefactor of Ali's, who paid for he college expenses. But all this the blog and the rich lady are side stories to another story of a man who worked for her father, Bob, as a handy man and is missing. This makes things a bit hard to follow ...more
Apr 04, 2016 Ellen rated it liked it
Hand of Evil by J.A. Jance.

This was my first Jance book so I am new to this author and this series.

I found the story had some parts that kept me interested in continuing on and many that were totally unnecessary. The unnecessary parts made focusing on the issue of the identity of the murderer pushed to the back of my mind. The beginning of the story and the ending I found exciting...the middle not so much.
Nancy Ellis
J.A. Jance sure knows how to write a good story. It's not exactly "heart stopping" as the review states, but it is surely entertaining. I especially enjoy all of her series because of their setting in Arizona. In this book I even knew exactly what bridge they were referring to......I'm easily amused!
Dec 14, 2009 Rayni rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rayni by: Series
Shelves: mystery, 2009-reads
I jukmped into the Ali Reynolds books when I unknowingly picked up #4 in this series. I liked it & wanted to start at the beginning. I went to the library & only found this in the Ali Reynolds series.

This was a fantastic read. I was so involved in the book for once, I didn't go to the end of the book to see how it ended. Of course, since this is #3 & I had already read #4, I knew a couple of things from the get-go, but I HAD to find out. I stayed up til 4 a.m. reading & then had
May 19, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#3 in the Ali (Alison) Reynolds series. Author Jance manages to cram an amazing number of sub-plots in the first few chapters of this entry. A number of them coalesce and the plots are reduced to a manageable number by books end. Ali introduces a piece of her backstory with one plot, concerning the funding for her education, and winds up with an ongoing project and subject for future blog entries.
Sub-plots concerning her father's friend Kip and friend Dave's older daughter, Crystal, merge in a m
Dec 28, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: little-cats
This was the second of Ms. Jance's novels that I've read. I was just about ready to not finish it, but I pressed on anyway.

I think that my main problem with this book, along with the other book of hers, Fire and Ice, was that there was way too much going on. I don't mind murder mystery/suspense novels where we get a peek into the live of whoever the hero is, because it makes the protagonist seem like an average person. (Oh my gosh, Ali likes sweet rolls a coffee! I do, too!)
What I don't like is
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Aug 23, 2014 Steve Lindahl rated it really liked it
Like many people I get into routines and stick with them. I mention this trait in my first review of a J.A Jance book because my morning routine is to listen to an audiobook for the first half of my commute then switch to a radio station for the rest of the drive. I couldn't do that with Hand of Evil. Something about Jance's books (I've now listened to a second one) makes them too intriguing to turn off.

I had a problem with Hand of Evil because the story is woven around two crimes which are conn
Jul 06, 2014 JBradford rated it liked it
My brother gave me a bag of books when I went up to the beach house for a few days, and this was one of them — and I was delighted, because I have read a few others of Jance’s Ali Reynolds novels and enjoyed them, and this turned out to be a very early one of the series that I had not read in fact this turns out to be Ali Reynolds #3, long before she even thought of becoming sheriff of Sedona and before she married her third husband. I found it a little disquieting to be reading this when I had ...more
Sherri F.
Audio version: Although this is 3rd in Ali Reynolds series, this is 1st I've read & may even be 1st JA Jance. It was ok I liked some of it & many of the messages within but it was a little all over the place w/too many unrelated things going on a once...from Ali helping a friends run away daughter who once they find her learn she has witnessed a murder & later finding out she was involved something else illegal; then Ali getting called by the wealthy women who funded Ali's education ...more
Christine Jones
May 15, 2016 Christine Jones rated it liked it
I picked up this novel off the charity shelf at my work, having never read anything by J.A. Jance and knowing nothing of what to expect. I was pleased to find myself transported to an Arizona I know and love, with colorful characters and an interwoven story that kept my attention and even had me thinking about it when I had put it down. This plot felt like it was a little like a giant web, with different lines connecting in unexpected ways, and fully interconnected. However, knowing about what a ...more
Mar 20, 2016 annapi rated it really liked it
With this third volume, Jance's Alison Reynolds series has finally come into its own. While the previous books were good, I somehow never connected with the character - until now. Ali and her supporting cast come alive in this book of murder and mayhem like Jance has never written before. From the book's opening murder, the action begins and though it never gets frenetic, it never stops. Not content with a single homicide, Jance weaves a tale that includes a teenage runaway, insanity, incest, pe ...more
Dec 12, 2008 Kerry rated it it was ok
I would've liked to have given this book a higher rating but the writing . . . ugh! The dialogue was just painfully, wretchedly, horribly bad. And the author has the annoying habit of repeating herself, saying the same thing in nearly the exact same way just a short time later as if it were a whole new thought. I sometimes wondered if she had short term memory loss!
Jan 13, 2014 Maria rated it liked it
In this, the third of the Ali Reynolds series, the theme is child predators. In two separate cases that Ali is involved with, a child predator is involved. One is with a young girl, recently taken advantage of, and the other is an older woman who was victimized in her youth and illustrates the terrible consequences of what happened to her because of her circumstances. Also involved in all of this is a serial killer who is paying back all the people who have offended him in some way.

Since there
May 15, 2015 Joan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Jance always has several stories going on. In this one Ali helps her friend with his daughter, is summoned by the woman who gave her a scholarship so she could go to college and her son has a new girl friend that she didn't know about. The story moves quickly. Ali is ask to put up Crystal, her boyfriends daughter from a rest stop after she ran away from her mother. Ali finds out she has been sexually abused and she has witnessed the beat of a man who later died. The men who attacked the man are ...more
May 12, 2015 LucyMayBR rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Great Read by J A Jance

Ali once again finds herself in the middle of things . . . two things this time. The book consists of two separate stories. One story is about a young teenage girl who is being preyed upon by an older man, and the other is about an old spinster who was preyed upon as a young girl by her own brother. Ali is determined not to let the teenager turn into a damaged woman like the spinster had become. Ali knows the troubled teenager needs to talk about what happened to h
I just wasn't feeling this story. I had read one of her other novels, loved it! Well seriously liked it anyway. but this just seemed slow and dragged on a bit for me.
Jan 01, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I LOVE the Ali Reynolds books, and this one was even better than the first two. Fast paced and well written, fun to read.
Erica Lundstrom
Oct 14, 2015 Erica Lundstrom rated it did not like it
I really did not like Ali's character in this book. She came across as very judgmental and arrogant, and I don't remember getting that impression of the character in the 1st two books of the series. When Ali refused to return the diary and instead turned it over to the police with instructions to read it, I put the book down for a few weeks and considered not finishing it. Even though the action proved justified, there didn't seem to be enough evidence leading up to the action to justify the vio ...more
Jul 31, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I just love J A Jance. this series with Ali Reynolds is really clever, Ali is not a detective, or a criminal just a good person who seems to get caught up in these incredible mysteries. I love how this author is able to mix several mysteries in one book, it keeps you on your toes.
Being that I'm such a fan I'd probably never rate anything of hers under a 5, I think you should give one of her books a try.
The Ali Reynolds are kind of a series probably best read in order, or should I say, more
Jun 20, 2009 Barb rated it it was amazing
Very good mystery! I didn't figure out "who did it" until just before it was revealed in the book. Amazing!
Apr 03, 2016 Peggy rated it it was amazing
Someone slammed a man's hand in a car door and dragged him through a parking lot. A runaway teen makes it to Arizona and causes all kinds of headaches for Ali Reynolds who is suffering from a bit of depression. And to top that off a man, her parents know, has gone missing and is eventually found dead. So begins another Reynold's mystery which kept me listening (eyes bad so I do audio books through National Library Service for the Blind) even into the dead of night. Thoroughly enjoy Jance's writi ...more
Ginger Weirich
Dec 04, 2015 Ginger Weirich rated it really liked it
This, the third book in the series, seals it for me. I have decided that I very much like this series and will continue to look for them. I am sure reading in order is the best way to do it, but thus far, each one does stand well on its own. Being a library borrower, I have to take the books as they are available, so reading in order isn’t always possible for me. Still waiting on the second, and I see that there is a 10th. I’m not sure if there are any that come after, but with my Goodreads list ...more
Aug 28, 2014 Marcia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jance can write an opening chapter that will grab just about anybody's attention and make the reader want to read more. The rest of the book, however, is a roller coaster of action. This is another JA Jance with 2 distinct stories, which are not really intertwined at all. Again, I get the idea that Jance finished the first story too soon and added the last 100 pages as an afterthought of bringing together threads that were present in the first part. The action by Ali Reynolds is not very believa ...more
Sep 28, 2014 Ktmholm rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
If you like mysteries and haven't read J.A. Jance, do so. Each of her series has very real characters that--every so often--you'll find yourself what they've been up to. This is the third about Ali Reynolds, former TV news anchor in L.A. who lost her job and her philandering husband at the same time. Here she's moved on, but still finds herself dealing with a friend's runaway teenage daughter, a missing handyman, her son's budding romance, and a very unlikely serial killer. No sooner had I finis ...more
Dale Safford
The main character Ali Reynolds is a journalist who was offered a scholarship years ago before becoming a successful journalist. Now the daughter of her benefactor has called her, and seems to want to control her. Her online blog is a great way of explaining herself, but the daughter is reading her blog and using it against her. When the teenage daughter of her male friend disappears, Ali finds her and attempts to help her with secrets that she wants to keep from her family. New situations come ...more
Sep 02, 2009 Genie rated it liked it
This is the third book in the series featuring former L.A. TV news anchor Ali Reynolds. Ali is in a bit of a funk as she recovers from the murder of her ex-husband. She has a good support group; her parents, her son and her old high school friend, police detective Dave Holman. Out of the blue, wealthy recluse Arabella Ashcroft sent a request to Ali asking her to meet with her. Since Arabella’s mother was responsible for bestowing Ali with a much needed college scholarship, Ali felt obligated to ...more
Aug 29, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-shelf
This is the third in the Ali Reynolds series. Hand of Evil picks up pretty much where the second book left off. Ali's ex - husband's estate is being settled and Ali is still coming to terms with everything that happened. Out of the blue, Ali is contacted by an old friend that set up a scholarship fund for Ali years ago. Ali agrees to meet with her not knowing why she's been summoned.
Ali has been asked to read a diary that proves her old friend was an incest victim. But before she can pursue thos
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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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Ali Reynolds (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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