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Dead Wrong [Audio CD]

J. A. Jance , Susan Ericksen
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Aug. 1 2006 Sound Library

Juggling a family and a career has never been easy for Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady. Now the impending birth of her second child only adds to her burden, especially when two brutal crimes fall under her jurisdiction.

A corpse is discovered in the Arizona desert with the fingers severed from both hands—the body of an ex-con who served twenty years for a murder he claimed not to remember. Soon after, one of Joanna's female officers is savagely assaulted and left for dead while on an unauthorized stakeout. Since the victim is one of their own, the department directs the bulk of its resources toward finding her attacker. But the desert slaying haunts Joanna as well, and neither her pregnancy nor family concerns will keep her from doing her duty, no matter how perilous. Because justice must be served. And enforcing the law has become more than what Joanna Brady does—it's what she is.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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In Jance's 12th Joanna Brady novel, the sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, is faced with two major professional cases: the murder of a self-confessed wife killer recently released from jail and the brutal rape and beating of an animal control officer. She's also dealing with new and unproven deputies and trying to finding a home for a python snake and way too many confiscated killer pit bulls. In addition, she is about to give birth to her second child, an event that precipitates the unwanted arrival of her in-laws. Sheriff Brady's problems pose no great difficulty for reader Ericksen. She lets Jance's event-packed plot do most of the heavy lifting while she reads the story simply and effectively. Ericksen prefers to differentiate speakers, be they men, women or children, by attitude and pacing rather than pitch. She can push her vocal interpretation when appropriate, providing several unique, credible south of the border accents, for example, or indulging in a little heavy breathing when the very pregnant Sheriff Brady faces danger while strapped in a confining Kevlar vest.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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Sheriff Joanna Brady has a full plate. Not only is she investigating the murder of an ex-con and trying to find out who beat one of her animal-control officers nearly to death, she is also spectacularly pregnant. The question isn't whether she will solve these two crimes, but whether she will do it before or after she gives birth to her second child. While most of the police force is focused on the case of the animal-control officer, it's the ex-con's death that occupies Joanna's mind because--in addition to the tantalizingly bizarre fact that all of the victim's fingers are missing--the murder provides a link to one of her father's old cases. Jance deftly combines personal and professional stories in this twelfth Brady mystery. Readers familiar with the movie Fargo (which also features a very pregnant, very likable small-town sheriff and combines on-the-job with at-home elements) may note some similarities to this novel, but rather than seeming derivative, Jance's story offers an entertaining embellishment on a still-fresh theme. A solid entry in this popular series. David Pitt
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ARTICULATED READING THAT EMPHASIZES SUSPENSE July 31 2006
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Prolific is too weak a word to describe New Times bestselling author J. A. Jance. Her store of scenarios for mysteries is seemingly as vast as the Arizona desert (a state in which she has a home). She has penned the popular Joanna Brady series, the J. P. Beaumont series plus three thrillers with the Walker family as lead characters. Much to her credit each story is fresh and new, with characters bearing little similarity to others she has introduced.

With Dead Wrong Joanna Brady takes the spotlight. She has just been re-elected Sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona and is about to have her second child. Impending motherhood has to be set aside when a man is found murdered in the desert. He's one of those nameless unfortunate souls with no identification. The only thing that differentiates him from other unidentified bodies is that all of his fingers have been cut off.

As it turns out, he was a pretty despicable character - served prison time for the killing of his pregnant wife. And once released from jail he apparently stalked a young woman. Joanna's persistent digging turns up a connection between this man and one of her late father's cases.

However, before she has a chance to pursue that any further Animal Control Officer Jeannine Phillips is beaten near death during a stakeout. Obviously, all hands and energy are poured into discovering who did this to one of their own.

Leave it to Jance to craft another can't-put-down mystery and leave it to voice performer Susan Ericksen to deliver a five star narration. She's a stage and television actress whom many may remember for her readings of the J. D. Robb stories. Mysteries seem to be her bailiwick and she narrates them with sureness and an articulation that emphasizes suspense.

- Gail Cooke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story! July 28 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A great mystery that starts in the past with Joanna's father arresting a suspect and ends in the present with Joanna having to figure out the repercussions of what happened so long ago. Lots of secrets that are slowly being revealed make this a must-read.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ARTICULATED READING THAT EMPHASIZES SUSPENSE July 31 2006
By Gail Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Prolific is too weak a word to describe New Times bestselling author J. A. Jance. Her store of scenarios for mysteries is seemingly as vast as the Arizona desert (a state in which she has a home). She has penned the popular Joanna Brady series, the J. P. Beaumont series plus three thrillers with the Walker family as lead characters. Much to her credit each story is fresh and new, with characters bearing little similarity to others she has introduced.

With Dead Wrong Joanna Brady takes the spotlight. She has just been re-elected Sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona and is about to have her second child. Impending motherhood has to be set aside when a man is found murdered in the desert. He's one of those nameless unfortunate souls with no identification. The only thing that differentiates him from other unidentified bodies is that all of his fingers have been cut off.

As it turns out, he was a pretty despicable character - served prison time for the killing of his pregnant wife. And once released from jail he apparently stalked a young woman. Joanna's persistent digging turns up a connection between this man and one of her late father's cases.

However, before she has a chance to pursue that any further Animal Control Officer Jeannine Phillips is beaten near death during a stakeout. Obviously, all hands and energy are poured into discovering who did this to one of their own.

Leave it to Jance to craft another can't-put-down mystery and leave it to voice performer Susan Ericksen to deliver a five star narration. She's a stage and television actress whom many may remember for her readings of the J. D. Robb stories. Mysteries seem to be her bailiwick and she narrates them with sureness and an articulation that emphasizes suspense.

- Gail Cooke
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead right Jan. 30 2007
By Dr. Cathy Goodwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It's always a treat to open a new Joanna Brady novel! Author Jance keeps getting better, maintaining suspense right to the end, melding elements of past volumes with Joanna's present.

Authors who marry off their heros take a risk: our edgy favorites tend to get tamer and we lose the twists and turns of romance. Jance has avoided this trap by giving Joanna a husband, Butch, who in turn gives her space while introducing his own set of obnoxious parents.

Joanna investigates two crimes: the killing of Bradley Evans, an ex-con found in a gruesome state, and a violent attack on an over-eager female animal control officer.

From the prologue, many readers will be way ahead of Joanna and her staff as she investigates the first murder. Although Joanna gets clues from her father's newly-found diaries, she rightly uses her own detective skills to elicit the truth from present-day witnesses. The second crime gets treated more like a police procedural than a detective story, allowing a very pregnant Joanna to combine her commonsense, human empathy and professional police skills.

Two odd notes in the book: Why does this family have to be so nice to the in-laws? OK, perhaps a good daughter is expected to tolerate an occasional snide reference to her looks or appearance, maybe even her child-rearing. But no family should allow any visitor to insult disabled people or dogs. Visitors who snoop should be directed to their trailer (or the nearest motel) with access to the home only when the family is present. Teenaged Jenny has the right idea.

Joanna also seems surprised to find a lesbian couple right under her nose in Bisbee. I spent four years in Silver City, New Mexico, just over the border, where gay couples lived openly and, for most of the town, it was no big deal. Everybody socialized together most of the time. I've heard Bisbee is more conservative, and police officers in most locations tend to traditional views.

So while these minor twists seemed odd to be, it's possible that Jance has captured the values and belief systems of the folks she portrays, who are indeed different from many of her readers.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Won't Be Able to Put it Down Feb. 17 2008
By J. E. Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This installment in the Sheriff Joanna Brady series was hard to put down. I liked the way the author had Joanna's Dad's diaries as part of the plot. We got to "know" him as well as see into the past. Joanna is a role model for all women. If you work hard enough you can have it all. You might even be able to work until you go into labor. Interesting twists and turns makes this book my favorite in the series so far. If you like action, mysteries, and reading about current social problems you will like this series and this novel.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars J. A. Jance is one of my favorite authors! Aug. 27 2006
By Kimberly F. Hoyt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This latest installment in the Joanna Brady mystery series was excellent, as always. Jance writes well-plotted and characterized novels that are a joy to read. I'm usually pretty cheap and wait for books to appear in my area's used bookstore before I buy them. But because Jance is one of my favorite authors I buy them new because I know I'll keep them. She is one of only two authors I always buy new (the other is Jan Karon).

The reason is simple: she consistently writes wonderful stories! I particularly like the ones featuring Joanna Brady. It's been fun to watch Joanna's character develop throughout the series. She started out a housewife and mom who worked in an insurance office. When her husband is killed in the line of duty she sets out to find the killer. In the second book she is elected sheriff (sort of a sympathy vote, but still it gets her into position) and from then on, we see her develop into a seasoned police officer and confident administrator, but always struggling with the demands of motherhood and her place in the community. She seems REAL and she's the kind of person we'd all like to know and call our friend. At the end of every book I'm left anticipating the next!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Not To Be Put Down Until It's Finished Book July 30 2006
By M. Little - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
At last a new Joanna Brady book and it is a winner. J.A Jance is a master at weaving several story lines into an irresistable novel, this book is proof of that.

All of her characters are full and well rounded out in this book. The book has a number of surprise twists that make it even more difficult to stop reading it before you get to the end. And Yes, Joanna does have the baby!
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