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Left For Dead by J.A. Jance
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Jan 28, 2012

it was amazing
Read in January, 2012

J.A. Jance’s detective series are a must for mystery fans. She is an American writer who captures the culture differences of the American population. Her dialogue rings true and the reader is instantly taken with the plight of genuine feeling characters.

In Left for Dead, Ali Reynolds, is back again solving happenings and crimes in the Southwest. She leaves her comfortable life in the quietness of the red cliffs of Sedona, Arizona to help a classmate from the Arizona Police Academy. Jose Reyes, has been shot and left for dead in a deserted area near Tucson. Visiting Jose at the hospital, she encounters her good friend, Sister Anselm, working as a patient advocate. Her patient is a teenager who has been raped, beaten, and also left for dead.

I especially liked the twist that both victims are accused by the local authorities of being the criminals. Ali refuses to believe that her friend Jose, who is accused of being mixed up in the drug trade, despite evidence to the contrary, is guilty. Breeze is suspected of murder.

Ali and Sister Anselm and a conscientious officer, who won’t let the case drop despite pressure from above, work together to solve the crimes against the two victims, plus the crimes of which they’re accused. Their hunt for clues and facts lead them to the true culprits and involve them in a complex tangle of relationships packed with grudges and hatreds.

This is an enjoyable read, fast-paced, tension-filled, and complex enough to keep the reader turning pages.

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