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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (July 12 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380792494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380792498
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,890,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I believe this novel I read of JA Jance. Although it is a great book, I was disappointed to find that I had read it many, many years ago so I discarded it from my Kindle.
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By apoem on Jan. 8 2003
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This whole series is really a joy to read. The author can take Joanna from introspection to inspection of a crime scene in a few pages with very little problem in the transition. Although each book can be read on it's own as a stand alone novel, I have had much satisfication of reading them in order and watching the characters grow and change in each book.
This book lives up to the reputation of the author.
Joanna is planning her wedding, Butch is really, and chasing the bad guys at the same time. A young girl is missing, her mother, recently out of jail is murdered and the story begins.
The characters are believable and the story is tightly woven and thrilling. Well worth reading.
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This is the first book I read from J.A. Jance, so I'm not very familiar with her work , so I'll try to read more of her later.
This book tell us the story of a Joanna Brady, a sheriff from a samll town in Arizona.
It tell us the story of a murder , a missing teenager and the fight for a will , everything happens just a week before her wedding takes place.
This is an ok book , it has an interesting begining with a good plot , and it is really interesting to read .
It would deserve 4 stars , but I didn't like the ending , it was a very good plot and I didn't like the way it finished , but that's just my opinion.
Read it , it's a good book , it's just not that great , after reading this , I'm more interested in reading more books of J.A. Jance and more about the Story of Joanna Brady.
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By A Customer on Jan. 26 2002
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I think I've read all of the Joanna Brady series published to date, and Devil's Claw is the last one I will read. The locations are great and the plotting is excellent, as far as the police procedural and mystery aspect of the story goes, but in her personal life, the central character is becoming just too saccharin to be believed. I find the personality differences between "Sheriff" Brady and "Mother" Brady unrealistic. Also, why is it that so many writers who make women their central characters have to make them single mothers? How about a tough, honest, dedicated sheriff who doesn't want any kids? That would be nice for a change.
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Having just returned from two weeks in Tucson, this mystery hit the spot (and wrecked other weekend plans). The place names added a greater touch of credibility for me. I also just read a Fairstein and a Paretsky book, and much as I enjoy their characters and writing, the coincidences in their storylines become a bit absurd. Jance, on the other hand, weaves a well-connected plot in which everything is well meshed (like the Devil's Claw in basketweaving) without stepping over the line into fantasyland. The only thing a bit hard to fathom is how Sheriff Brady gathered what seems to be the country's best law enforcement staff in her somewhat remote area of Arizona (and one with pervasive budget problems, as documented many times throughout the book). If those characters are based on real life officers, that does it -- I'm moving to Cochise County when I retire!
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By N. Sausser on Sept. 11 2001
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I wasn't particularly interested in reading another story about a missing computer disc, but I stayed with this story because I liked the characters. There were plenty of side stories to keep interest alive while the main plot evolved. When the facts surrounding the missing disc finally are revealed, the pace picks up quite a bit. This is a fairly lightweight mystery, but the character of Sheriff Joanna Brady carries the day.
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The bottom line: I really didn't like this book. I found the plot and action to be very slow moving and uninteresting. One thing I did like was Sheriff Brady. I thought she was a good solidly created character, but the plot just didn't have that exciting pace that a Hoag, Hooper, Johansen, or Cornwell novel does. Another thing that I didn't particulary care for was the whole eagle thing with the young girl. It kind of a gave off a somewhat ridiculous indian spirit kind of feeling. I also found it kind of unnecessary to have the part about Joanna's neighbor's death and his daughter. Of course if you are a fan of J.A. Jance, then I'm sure you'll like "The Devil's Claw" and these kind of "small town" mysteries. If you enjoy more hard-core suspense and don't like the "country down south" novels, then you won't like "The Devil's Claw.
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J.A. Jance writes with such a fluid style that I glide right thru her novels. Her books are easy to read and comprehend. I particularly enjoy the Joanna Brady series.
In "Devil's Claw" there are plenty of suspects to go around, a couple of running subplots and an ever growing cast of regulars.
J.A. Jance does a great job of filling in the background of the continuing characters...enough info to set their place and position for first time readers of the series; but not so much that familiar readers are bored or insulted with the data.
It's a pleasure to observe how the characters develop and grow as the series progresses. The scenic setting of Southern Arizona is always well done...you can almost see those great sunsets.
Plotting, character evolvement, red herrings all give the reader plenty of times to solve things along with Sheriff Brady.
J.A. Jance does a great job balancing the whodunit aspect with Sheriff Brady's personal life without detracting from the main plot. The reader also gets a good view of the "unglamorous" aspect of the sheriff's job...meetings, personel problems, budgets, civic speaking engagements and the like.
This is just a wonderful series, and "Devil's Claw" is a welcome addition to the Joanna brady legacy.
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