Outlaw Mountain Mass Market Paperback – Apr 19 2000
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J.A. Jance's Joanna Brady series whisks us off to a small town in the desert terrain of the Southwest. When Joanna's newly elected husband is killed while serving as sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, Joanna steps into his position. We watch her grow into the job in Jance's series: she has to cope with the problems of juggling family and personal life while solving crimes. At the same time, we've learned about the benefits and shortcomings of daily life in a desert--how beautiful and dangerous the landscape can be in all seasons.
Jance's seventh book, Outlaw Mountain, begins with the death of an old woman who was injured when she fell on a poisonous cholla cactus. But it isn't the plant that finishes off Alice Rogers; the lively, free-spirited widow is murdered by someone who injects her as she lies writhing in pain. Now Joanna has to find out whether anyone in Alice's large family would have killed her for her land and money. Was it her son Cletus, "a restaurateur with the diplomacy of a mountain goat," who was recently elected mayor of the legendary Arizona town of Tombstone (where Wyatt Earp once reigned)? Or did the murder have something to do with a local political power struggle? As she has done so well before, Jance balances scenes full of action and excitement with more intimate moments. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
In her seventh outing (after Rattlesnake Crossing), Tombstone, AZ, sheriff Joanna Brady wears a tough gal's badge yet remains a sensitive, caring single mom and friend. Hard-drinking Alice Rogers, the mayor's mother, is stabbed with an insulin syringe and left for the vultures in the harsh southern Arizona desert, and Joanna's team must step between Rogers's dueling son and daughter. A tender subplot concerns a developmentally disabled man named Junior, abandoned by scheming relatives at an Arizona art fair. As Joanna's friend Butch Dixon helps out with Junior, she appreciates a new facet of his character, and her pushy mom, Eleanor, runs interference in an effort to secure their engagement. Not just for series fans, this installment features endearing characters and situations ranging from an environmentalist with a car trunk full of rattlesnakes to the local minister who feels she's lost her edge in the pulpit. Highly recommended.
-ASusan A. Zappia, Maricopa Cty. Lib. Dist., Phoenix
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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EASING THE porch swing back and forth, thirty-year-old Sheriff Joanna Brady closed her green eyes and let the warmth of an early-November Sunday afternoon caress her body. Read the first page
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In "Outlaw Mountain," Joanna has to find the murderer of an elderly lady whose body was found in the Arizona desert. There are quite a few suspects including the woman's children and newly-wed, young husband. Joanna also has to deal with Junior, an abandoned, mentally handicapped man in his fifties as well as with land disputes taking place in her county. But it's not just Joanna's professional life which keeps her busy -- her daughter Jenny and her boyfriend Butch Dixon also demand some of her time.
J. A. Jance's main protagonist Joanna is a multidimensional character -- strong, yet also vulnerable -- thus adding to the novel's realistic feel. The interesting plot, intriguing mystery as well as excellent description of the region make "Outlaw Mountain" a recommendable book for every reader interested in outstanding thrillers.
I love reading about Arizona since my grandparents lived there and it was part of my youth. I especially enjoy reading about the diversity of both people and wildlife down there, and about a woman as a sheriff and all the entanglements that go with it. Since I am familiar with the plant life in the area, the thought of anyone landing on a cholla made me cringe. As a bit of a klutz, I had landed more than my fair share of times in cacti, and it hurts! The major problem with this book that I could see is the plot had to be worked a little bit. I have a hard time as a mother seeing a woman putting herself in danger when she still has a child to raise. Maybe that is just me. The plot was a little convoluted, and I felt like it had not been planned out ahead of time as most of Jance's are. The evidence left in the dead woman's hand (no, I am not giving it away) was a little too pat for my taste, and made me suspicious from the start of the person who was being singled out for the suspect.
Jance's books are always a pleasure, even if I am a little demanding. I will continue to read her books and recommend them to others. Karen Sadler, Science Education
And, she gets to be the central character in another mystery by J.A. Jance!
I am a Jance fan, because I enjoy her fine writing skills and tightly-plotted action lines. Usually I like Jance's central characters, too: J P Beaumont has depth in adversity in his battle with alcohol, and Joanna Brady is a woman with a load of grief and guilt. Somehow, though, in this novel Joanna is less real, more fantasy...and because of that she slips into the realm of becoming a stereotypical mystery novel heroine--beautiful, strong, intelligent, and invincible by the normal adversity that would paralyze the rest of us.
Still in all, Outlaw Mountain is a good novel and an enjoyable reading experience, even if the characterization isn't quite as mulilayered as Jance usually develops.
The "I'm a widow too" comments are now gone, as are the needlessly grisly death scenes and inconsistent plot facts. I enjoy the characters here -- real people with real daily problems who can't handle everything at once and sometimes get tired and snappy.
It does seem, though, that there are a bit too many characters, suspects, and bodies floating around to keep straight. Most casual readers would have to draw a plot diagram to keep track of who's doing what with whom and why. While avoiding the psychological serial killer theme, Jance still seems to be into a large quantity of death per book. At the current rate, in another book or two the entire town of Bisbee will be either dead or in prison....
Most recent customer reviews
This is an unusual mystery. It starts off with an interesting murder, then drags on for a long time. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2001 by Paul Skinner
Maybe it is me but this novel was about as exciting as watching the grass grow. It is the first mystery novel that I have read by a female author and I hope that it is not... Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2001 by todd shampoe
An elderly woman is found dead in the middle of a stand of cholla cactus. Sheriff Joanna Brady is called into the case and immediately begins investigating those who were close... Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2000 by Karen Potts
J.A. Jance is a gifted story teller and I have become quite the Joanna Brady fan. "Outlaw Mountain" spends a bunch of time on Joanna's personal life, but has enough plot... Read morePublished on June 23 2000 by nobizinfla
I enjoy reading Jance's series on Joanna Brady, a reluctant county sheriff who has grown in her job. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2000
I am both a Joanna Brady fan and a JP Beaumont fan. In the winter rain of Seattle, I especially enjoy letting my mind wander to the heat of Arizona and Sheriff Brady's attempts to... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2000
I've enjoyed watching the Joanna Brady character grow with each book in this series. I'm glad to see she's getting on with her life, and that the other characters in the books are... Read morePublished on Dec 23 1999
If I want hilarious mystery, I read Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie and Donna Andrews. If I want tough, futuristic SciFi mystery, I read J.D Robb. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 1999