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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins Canada (July 10 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380977311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380977314
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,737,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Late on Tuesday afternoon,Sheriff Joanna Brady sat at her desk, stared at the pages of her calendar, and knew that Butch Dixon, her husband, was absolutely right. Read the first page
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Format: Hardcover
This is the second Joanna Brady mystery I've read buy MS Jance and I really enjoyed it. I will not go into details about the story since others have done that but I will say that until I read Exit Wounds, I was unaware of the polygamy cults that inhabit the "strip" on the Arizona/Utah border. It was weird that I read the book and then heard a story on the news about that same subject!
The story held my interest all the way through and I liked the way she drew the characters. The pacing was also top notch. I am now adding her to my must read list.
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This is yet another unusual J.A. Jance mystery. I can agree with other reviewers that the preaching about taking care of animals does run a bit thin. However, this is a great book. It is more adult than any earlier work, and some Mormons may object to the cult in this book. However, this book is so different than so many others and is a great mystery. I'd recommend this one to anyone over 16.
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By "xaria111" on Feb. 11 2004
Format: Audio CD
I listened to the abridged audio CD version of this novel and it was so bad that I hardly wanted to finish it. The story might have been ok, but the performance by Debra Monk made the sheriff, Joanna Brady sound tired and weak and her husband a total wimp. Yuck!
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By Lish71 on Dec 31 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have read every book by J.A. Jance. She is one of my favorite authors. This book is an excellent addition to her collection. I recommend any book she writes!
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I enjoyed the way in which Jance wove social issues (animal hoarding, immigrant smuggling, etc.) into an entertaining story. Joanna Brady is an interesting and likable protagonist but in this book she almost has a little too much on her plate. She's newly pregnant, has adopted two new pets into her home, her husband is starting to become despondent over his stalled career as an aspiring novelist, her older daughter is starting to compete in rodeo barrel racing, a woman is shot dead in her mobile home with her dogs trapped inside in 100+ degree heat, an SUV overloaded with illegal immigrants rolls over killing many....how much more can we pack in here?!
I still enjoyed the book but just felt that this time Jance was trying too hard. Poor Joanna Brady is only human, not a superwoman, but Jance (and Brady!) seems determined to prove otherwise.
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By Mara on Sept. 19 2003
Format: Hardcover
I saw your customer review, and I am writing to tell you that you have the read the JOANNA BRADY series starting with DESERT HEAT to understand what Joanna's life is about. I just got the book from the library and haven't had the chance to read it.
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Other reviewers have discussed the plot. Sheriff Brady is called to the scene of a woman's murder. Detectives discover seventeen dogs in the woman's house, all of whom suffocated to death. The dead woman turns out to be Carol Mossman, who has held a series of low-paying inconsequential jobs before ending up in this trailer owned by her grandmother.
Jance, a seasoned best-selling author, plays fair with the readers while delivering a page-turner. We look over Sheriff Brady's shoulder as she investigates. Two newswomen were murdered in the same style: is a serial killer loose? What was Mossman trying to keep quiet? And what is the role of her definitely
dysfunctional family?
Although the mystery holds attention, the real action takes place in Sheriff Brady's personal life. By marrying her off to a novelist who does the housework, author Jance has avoided the fate of most married detective heroines: losing their edge. Husband Butch cooks great meals and raises teenage daugher Jenny, while her mother continues to disapprove of whatever Sheriff Brady does, on or off the job.
And early in the book, Joanna Brady gets a surprise that will create interesting subplots in volumes to come.
Jance's novel goes down as smooth as a good scotch. She's a real pro even when she delivers a searing message. As a dog-lover, she must have had a hard time writing about the way dogs suffer, and it's not surprising that the Brady household acquires more dogs during hte course of the action. I think the author's heart was touched as much as her heroine's.
I'm not surprised by the number of women who appear here: a female sheriff, a minister, and more. It's not uncommon to experience women in those roles.
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By A Customer on Aug. 29 2003
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed Exit Wounds, and thought the ending was a great twist. I do hope that Joanna's reelection is completed in the next book, it has stretched on too long.
As far as the female minister in the book, I'm United Methodist, and my minister is female. Very common.
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