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Damage Control (Joanna Brady #13)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,632 Ratings  ·  268 Reviews
At first glance, it appears to be an accident . . .

A car carrying an elderly couple goes off the side of a mountain and tumbles into oblivion on a beautiful sunny day in the Coronado National Monument. A note pulled from the twisted wreckage suggests the tragedy may have been a double suicide—but an autopsy later suggests something different. A deadly fire and a fatal home
Paperback, 464 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Harper (first published January 1st 2008)
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Maria Cox
Damage Control is the first novel I've read by J.A. Jance and it was an okay read.

I was particularly drawn to this book for three reasons, 1) because Ms. Jance is a NYT Best Selling author, 2) because so many people praise her work and 3) the prologue.

**Spoiler alert, sorry**

Like a lot of other reviewers I was immediately drawn to Damage Control from the prologue, and just like the other reviewers, I too was disappointed to realize that the prologue had little to do with the story line. Sadly, t
Lianne (The Towering Pile) Lavoie
An elderly couple drive their car off a cliff, apparently in a suicide pact. But when their daughters show up, fighting over the inheritance, it seems there's more to this case than meets the eye. Meanwhile, there's a fire in a mobile home and human remains are found in a trash bag that washes up after a storm. All this in a weekend in a small town.

This book is really ridiculous.There's so much going on at once; isn't one mystery enough for a mystery novel? I didn't really see the point in havin
Nov 04, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently listened to a recorded book, one of those "A Short Period in the Life of ..." from a long-running series by a prolific author. I wondered if it was the lack of a driving plot (mystery OR suspense) that turned me off, or if it was because this was the first book in the series that I'd "read" and I couldn't appreciate the growth in characters I didn't know.

Well, J. A. Jance's "Damage Control" is a similar book. And my reaction couldn't have been more opposite! This book (at least the au
Alyce Rocco
Dec 21, 2014 Alyce Rocco rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I am not fond of novels with prologues, so really annoyed with the one in Damage Control by J.A.Jance. As new characters were introduced, I would flip back to the prologue to check names, finding that the woman was not showing up in the story.

It was only towards the end of the story that readers hear another word about her. It may have been a ploy to get readers to keep reading to find out what the prologue had to do with the story. I lost interest in the book and would not have finished it if i
Sep 05, 2010 Lydia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stock, cliche fiction. I got annoyed with how the author would randomly use jargon and then feel the need to define the terms for the reader - somewhat patronizing and pedantic. Oh is that what BOLO means? I've never read a police novel before, so I'm glad you clarified "be on the lookout" for me. And so on and so forth. There was also a lot of mention of prayer, and the Christian lingo thrown in was a bit jarring, because it was not obviously a Christian novel throughout, and thus the effect wa ...more
Kay Van Slyke
Jan 03, 2015 Kay Van Slyke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first J.A. Jance and it was a good one. I really like Joanna Brady's character but I probably should go back and start with the first one. The book stands alone but it would be nice to get more background on the characters.
Apr 30, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
JoAnna Brady continues to work as Sheriff and be a mother (who does that!!!???)
I would be worried if I lived in her little town. They find dead bodies everywhere!
Dec 15, 2015 L8blmr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmmm. For the umpteenth time, I read a book "out of order," knowing it was part of a series (though I didn't know how far down the list it was). I did so at the urging of my son, who thought I should give this new-to-me author a chance. It wasn't horrible (well, except for the page where the writer forgot who the second character in a dialog was, calling her two different names in the course of the conversation); however, it certainly was not stellar. Perhaps if I'd read the series in order, I ...more
Mar 05, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#13 in the Joanna Brady series. It has been 15 years since the first in the series, Desert Heat (1993) but the characters have only aged 5 years. In the busy 5 years, Joanna has been widowed, elected sheriff, remarried and had a son. Her prickly mother has also remarried, to the county Medical Examiner. Daughter Jenny is now 14 to contrast with infant son Dennis. This is a police procedural taking place in contemporary Cochise County, AZ and this season brings an overloaded docket as well as fam ...more
Feb 23, 2014 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is not a great mystery novel. It is a good "romance" novel because the author emphasizes the life of female Sheriff Brady and her domestic issues.. and the actual mystery (as good as the idea for it was-- it loses something in its implementation)... takes second place to the characterization.

The characterization is fairly well-done and keeps this one from being worse than it is, but it becomes the emphasis of the book and the plot suffers greatly.

Also, someone needs to tell Ms. Jance that 9
Pr Latta
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Sep 04, 2008 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wish that Ms.Jance would write faster. I love her books and this one was interesting and fast paced. I am happy that I am not Joanna Brady. She has way to many irons in the fire!
Sep 25, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few of Jance's books, and I really like her writing style. She writes quite clean, not too graphic, and has really good character development in the books I've read. Another my husband and I read together and enjoyed. This book is written in the Colorado Mountains and there is a drug that has been given to people that causes them to go nuts and have all kinds of problems, from suicide, to alheimers symptoms and more. Sheriff Joanna Brady works very hard with her staff to figure out w ...more
Richard Brand
May 04, 2014 Richard Brand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this one has a number of new developments. It continues the soap opera of Joanna Brady as a mother, wife, sherif, and child (of her own problem mother.) We have left behind this time some of the other characters, but we have new stars rising. This is just reading material for those who do not want to watch tv soap operas. It is like Hill Street Blue or the Good Wife or some of the other tv continuous dramas. It is well done, and I do enjoy the surprises that Jance puts into these stories. ...more
Carol Anderson
Another great Jance creation. Joanne Brady Cochise County Sheriff is a great wife and mother as well as a great asset to the citizens she serves. This story solves several mysteries and problems both personal and professional. Fire, flood, suicide, murder, Tuscon to Texas to Bisbee, this story has lots of connections. It also solves some unknown situations - Joanna's mother and father (with Mona) he chose her and her mother, also recent concerns of her Dead husband Andy and being faithful to her ...more
Jan 03, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-a-jance-read


Alfred and Martha Beasley take a little trip to the Montezuma Pass Overlook. The couple is very elderly and reminisced on the way about when they bought their car years ago, about their estranged daughters and other things that have played a big part in their lives. When reaching the Overlook the two set out
Nov 03, 2014 Sahara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book from J.A. Jance, and although I enjoyed it. I wasn't fully into it. I hated all the small day to day details about who fed the baby about how high the water rose when it rained, yadda, yadda, yadda.

The whole plot was cool though. It did keep me guessing trying to figure out who the killer was but the ending wasn't all that great for me. After all these small details and all the corruption in the halfway houses from body in the trash bags and the murder from the break in,
Jun 14, 2008 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alfred and Martha Beasley take a little trip to the Montezuma Pass Overlook. The couple is very elderly and reminisced on the way about when they bought their car years ago, about their estranged daughters and other things that have played a big part in their lives. When reaching the Overlook the two set out for a little picnic. They are a lovely couple and a happy sight to see.

But when Arizona Sheriff Joanna Brady hears about the incident it is with horror. The couple has had an accident and no
Sep 15, 2008 Teri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone

This new offering by J.A. Jance, Damage Control, is as good as her others in her Joanna Brady series. For those who've not had a taste of Jance, you're in for atreat, esp with this 13 book series. Joanna is the sheriff of Bisbee in Cochise County, Arizona. Her first case happens to be an accident off an overpass, which looks like a suicide pact between an elderly local couple, but when the evidence pops up, some very suspicious characters loom in the picture. Another case, where an intruder brea
Mar 27, 2010 LadyCalico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As mysteries go, these are not my favorite books. However, I read them because I really like Joanna Brady and the backstory. I like the ongoing family drama in the background--I like series where there is consistency as relationships and personalities evolve. In spite of mentions of her red-hair temper, I admire Joanna's heroic temper control--she does a way better job of managing difficult people than I would in similar circumstances, however that doesn't stop her from thinking the sarcasms whi ...more
Jan 26, 2009 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you just need to read a book to take your mind off what's happening around you and this weekend cried out for that type of book. Luckily, I had just checked out Damage Control by J. A. Jance from the library and it fit the bill very nicely. I think that I probably picked up this book based on the fact that it's set in the American Southwest and I'm hoping to go there in a few months, but it turned out that I was captivated by the story. I love reading about people whose lives are as sc ...more
Beth Gibson
I have ready many of this author's books. I prefer her other series featuring detective J.P. Beaumont, set in Seattle. But unlike some of the other Joanna Brady mysteries, this one actually kept me reading. It is pretty light reading though, so if you want something in-depth, intriguing, hard-core, and dark, don't read this book or even this series. Joanna Brady is the sheriff of a sparsely populated Arizona county.

This is the thirteenth book in the series and we finally get to find out why Joa
Dec 22, 2009 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
For die-hard fans of J.A. Jance--those of us who faithfully follow her several series of mysteries--Damage Control is an essential link between the past and the present--and perhaps the past and the future.

Sheriff Joanna Brady has more than the usual number of bodies on her hands, as well as questions in her mind about the past. Was her father the perfect paragon of virtue she remembers? Why have she and her mother found it so hard to understand one another? Who was the pregnant woman who stood
Marilyn Slusher
Jan 04, 2016 Marilyn Slusher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been a few years since I have read J.A. Jance. I had always enjoyed the Joanna Brady series - and still do. I thought I picked up where I left off (discovered I missed a book). What I like so much about this series is that Joanna is in a field that is predominantly male, has a family and deals with day to day issues - right or wrong. In this novel, Joanna is faced with not one mystery - but four. Two are crime related and two are personal.
Catherine Woodman
I like the Joanna Brady series alot--she is my favorite of the JA Jance characters--I do agree that there is a sameness about them, but I see that more in the way of reliability than predictability. HTis is the first book where an officer is killed, and I thought that emotional experience was well described--it wasn;t a central theme in thje book, so the deeper issues were not explored, but this book is a series and so the previous book needs to set up the issues for the next one, and this is ce ...more
Sep 18, 2008 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damage Control, by J.A. Jance is book # 13 in the Joanna Brady series. Although I have read a few of Jance's mysteries and enjoyed them, I have not read a lot of books in this series.

HarperCollins Short Review
An intruder is murdered. An elderly couple runs their car off a cliff while holding hands. A trailer fire kills a man. Skeletal remains are found in a plastic bag. A quiet weekend in Cochise County, Arizona is a thing of the past. “Damage Control” combines suicide, murder, and mayhem--with
Aug 10, 2015 Alice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did like this book. It had a good story, a lot of action and I liked the characters. Several things annoyed me though. One was that the Prologue wasn't tied back in to the story until the last pages of the book, and then it was pretty much inconsequential to the overall story. Also, it felt as if the author got tired of the story and just decided to tie up all the loose threads in the simplest manner possible.
Jun 04, 2014 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my fave book in the Joanna Brady series. I felt there was too much going on & the stories were a bit disjointed. Also, there was one very small storyline that made no sense whatsoever & made Joanna out to be a really dumb & shallow person (which the character is NOT). The part of the story that works (the main story line) is done very well & the rest of the smaller plots should have been edited out, IMHO.
Nov 04, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series more and more as I continue reading. It's not as complex or twisty as some others in the genre, but the characters feel so real to me -- ordinary people of differing backgrounds, economic circumstances, and at least with the main characters, fully rounded people with real problems and real relationships. I love Joanna Brady and think she's just simply one of the best female crime series characters going. She's not a loner like so many others -- she's got a good marriage, kids, ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Bev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bev by: found while perusing the library's stacks
'Read' this one as an audio book and for me an audio book's narrator or reader has to be darn good at what they doing. There have been audio books that I would have read as a book but wouldn't 'listen' to them because of the reader's voice. Readers have a difficult job - they have to been all the characters in the book, so sometimes a male voice doesn't translate well in reading a woman's part or a woman's a man's part. But I'm preaching to the choir for lovers of audio books - I'm sure many of ...more
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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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