Paradise Lost (Joanna Brady Mysteries) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.

Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading Paradise Lost (Joanna Brady Mysteries) on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Paradise Lost [Mass Market Paperback]

J A Jance
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition --  
Hardcover --  
Paperback, Large Print CDN $24.57  
Mass Market Paperback CDN $10.36  
Mass Market Paperback, July 11 2002 --  
Audio, Cassette, Abridged, Audiobook CDN $24.54  

Book Description

July 11 2002

One late night in the Arizona wilderness, two young girls stumble across something they should not see. Now both will have to pay.

The desecrated body of a missing Phoenix heiress lies naked, lifeless, and abandoned in the desolate beauty and lonely terror of the high desert night. A hideous crime is inviting death once more into Sheriff Joanna Brady's world. But this time the nightmares of her professional and personal lives are intertwining in ways too awful to contemplate, because one corpse is only the first piece in a twisted and sinister puzzle in which nothing seems to fit. And the next item on a killer's bloody agenda may well be Brady's own beloved daughter.


Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product Details


Product Description

From Amazon

Joanna Brady returns in J.A. Jance's ninth adventure featuring the Arizona sheriff. Joanna and Butch, her new husband, are trying to build their dream house, adjust to their marriage, and cope with the preteen mood swings of Joanna's 12-year-old daughter, Jenny. During a Girl Scout camping trip to Cochise County, Jenny and another girl sneak out of their tents after lights out to have a cigarette and stumble on the body of a murder victim. Joanna is initially more concerned about her daughter's misbehavior than the murder at Apache Pass--after all, smoking can kill you--but then Dora Matthews, Jenny's coconspirator, is killed. Joanna's fear that her daughter might be in the killer's sights adds an extra dose of adrenaline to her efforts to find the man who left the body for Jenny and Dora to find. Add that worry to the sheriff's suspicion that Butch may be having an affair with a former girlfriend and you have the makings of a typical Joanna Brady novel: long on intelligence, empathy, and humanity and short on shootouts and suspense. Jance's other series, featuring Seattle cop J.P. Beaumont, features more intricate plotting and louder firepower. Brady's not as complex as Beaumont or as fully developed a character, but she leads with her heart, and her struggles to balance her personal and professional life bring interest. The Southwest landscape comes to life in the author's capable hands, and while the narrative's pacing is a little pokey, there's lots of lovingly evoked scenery to make it a pleasant trip. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

In Cochise County (Ariz.) sheriff Joanna Brady's ninth outing, bestseller Jance verges on soap opera, but avoids the worst excesses of the type. Mother-daughter relationships get a real workout, as Joanna's brittle connection with her mother is always testy and the emotional fulcrum between Joanna and her 12-year-old daughter, Jenny, is always shifting. But plenty of other combinations of blood and bonding get a workout, too. Jenny and a camping partner discover the body of a naked woman while Joanna and new husband Butch Dixon are out of town to attend a sheriffs' convention and a wedding. Joanna's personal and professional lives collide heavily as concerns for her daughter, her department, her husband and her future intertwine. With a mix of old and modern police work (interviews, crime-scene analysis, sophisticated forensics) and intense personal problems (Jenny may be targeted by the killer, Butch may have cheated on Joanna, Joanna's mother's meddling may have gotten a girl killed), Jance keeps things roiling from start to finish. With more than two dozen mysteries to her credit, the author has learned a great deal about pacing and it's evident in this page-turner, which nicely builds suspense and throws in some nifty surprises as well. Jance's sense of place remains strong, whether here in the beautifully rendered rural Arizona setting or in the rainy Seattle of her J.P. Beaumont mysteries. (Aug. 7)Forecast: With a one-day laydown and strong marketing backing, including a 12-city tour and radio and print advertising, this book will hit the lists fast.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
Wilson continued. "As of this morning, it's seriously overdrawn. Read the first page
Explore More
Concordance
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars This book was just plain awful Aug. 15 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I found this book to be poorly written and repetitive. Needed some more peer/editorial reviews before going to market. Could not even get past the first 3 chapters.
Was this review helpful to you?
Format:Mass Market Paperback
... well, at least in part because it's written as if for an old pulp magazine which paid by the word -- never say in ten words what can be expanded to twenty or thirty. It's a perfect book to practice your speed reading, hitting the highlights with occasional dips into the glutinous morass of its prose.
Read in this fashion there are nuggets of interesting plotting. The main plot of three murders in sleepy Cochise County, how they are linked, police procedure, and their eventual resolution holds together surprisingly well and is at least as convincing as usual for mysteries. For at least one aspect you actually do have the crucial clue somewhat in advance of the solution, but mostly there's little of the 'whodunit' to the book -- we have to wait along with the protagonists for the crucial information from lab or database, at which point the next step is obvious. But some of the numerous subplots seem rather overheated and certainly unnecessary. The book isn't "intricately plotted" so much as it just goes off in several scattered directions at once. But unlike, say, Joseph Hansen's "Job's Year", this conflation of one awful event after another in the life of Sherrif Brady, her family and department, does not seem to be a theme for the book -- merely,as the Publishers Weekly review indicated, a dip toward soap opera.
But the writing, oh the writing. Whenever I slowed down enough to notice, it was all I could do not to run for a blue pencil (I do plan to sell this book .. definitely not a keeper). Not only is the prose inflated, bordering on bloviation, but we are constantly told what to think about something rather than simply presenting an observation: "... the woman who stepped out wore a bright yellow sundress and matching hat.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
1.0 out of 5 stars What the. . .? Feb. 5 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
I bought this book expecting to immerse myself in an epic struggle of Good vs. Evil. I got a facile tale of the Southwest. Buyers beware! This is not the Miltonian epic, but rather a wolf in sheep's clothing.
Was this review helpful to you?
2.0 out of 5 stars Just a Thought on J.A. Jance's Paradise Lost Dec 12 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The main character is a stereotype (and all the rest are as well). Not much depth is given to them. Joanna is the typical 'super hard-working, mother, and professional', but she has no personality that makes her different from thousands of other characters exactly like her.
The technical writing skills of the writer are very nice and fluent, in fact it is the only thing that keeps you reading. There are certain things in the plot that are absurd. For example, when Joanna's 12 year old girl sees the dead body...she isn't shocked about the dead body, but she is worried about the fact her mother will find out she was trying a smoke (the girl found the dead body while sneaking out to smoke). The author could have at least made the 12 year old girl worried about getting scolded by her mother, but also a bit shocked about finding a dead body! I don't know about you, but finding a dead body would leave me shocked.
There is also something that i found very disappointing. The entire story is about Joanna going in the car from place to place and doing everything by phone! 98% of the novel is about Joanna on the phone! Don't believe me? Loan it from the library!
I wouldn't suggest this book. Tony Hillerman ("Thief of Time") is a much better book if you like 'desert' style settings for investigative books.
Was this review helpful to you?
3.0 out of 5 stars Sheriff Brady's Bunch Dec 6 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This sprawling mystery has a soap opera feel to it. Sheriff Joanna Brady doesn't just solve crimes. She is newly remarried, mother of a sensitive 12-year old daughter, has an irritating mother, and what looks to be a househusband. I felt the walls of resistance rising against slogging through this type of story. But Ms. Jance is an experienced spinner of tales, and I became involved almost in spite of myself.
Joanna's daughter and tent mate discover a brutally murdered woman while at a Girl Scout camp out. The girls snuck away after to lights out to smoke cigarettes and encountered a body instead. For a while there, I didn't know which caused more consternation; the discovery of the body or sneaking smokes. But when the daughter's tent mate is found dead in suspicious circumstances, things heat up. Joanna's understaffed department is confronted with a possible serial killer, a car jacker, and the daughter's safety. While the serial killer plot is fairly transparent, the death of the 13-year old tent mate is not. Ms. Jance does an excellent job of unfolding clues and motives perfectly paced and well placed.
The author's strength is in her story telling abilities and her obvious love of the desert locale. Her weaknesses are dialogue and male characters with as many dimensions as volleyball. The husband is a marvel of patience and understanding, her chief deputy is robotically perfect at following orders and her former father-in-law is a lovable old geezer. Too much of the book takes place in a car. Apparently Sheriff Brady does not believe in phones (though she is forever on her cell phone), faxes or even inquiring as to whether someone is at home before sending half her staff whizzing across state while she takes off in the other direction. But even with these shortcomings, the story moves along and keeps the reader engaged. I think "Paradise Lost" would be a good Young Adult selection.
-Sweetmolly-Amazon.com Reviewer
Was this review helpful to you?
Want to see more reviews on this item?
Most recent customer reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Joanna Brady investigates another murder
This series has been going on for a long time now. I first read a J.A.Jance novel when she had only a few J.P.Beaumont novels. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2002 by David W. Nicholas
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradise isn't lost .. it's in Cochise County
If you love the Brady series, then get ready for the best of the bunch. Joanna Brady is juggling her new marriage and sheriff responsibilities in this well written tale involving... Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2002 by Paul Skinner
2.0 out of 5 stars No suspense here
This was my 1st book by this author and will most likely be the last. The characters were likeable enough but the story was just so-so. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Was Paradise Lost or the author
Terrible book. Sub plots on a road to nowhere. What was up with the sister and the husbands ex-girlfriend? A waste of time and poorly written.
Published on Oct. 4 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars A nother Suspenseful Romp Through Cochise County...
JA. Jance delivers her 9th.suspenseful romp through Cochise County with Arizona Sheriff Joanna Brady-- in this thrilling novel, murder hits close to home when Joanna's daughter... Read more
Published on Dec 23 2001 by Victoria Taylor Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
This one of my all-time favorite series. One of the reasons that I appreciate this series is that I have read the first book in the series, DESERT HEAT, first. Read more
Published on Dec 15 2001 by Angel L. Soto
5.0 out of 5 stars J. A. Jance adds dimension
to her heroine in the Joanna Brady series. Brady, the sheriff of Cochise County not only solves some pretty tough crimes with a lot of personal involvement in this novel, she has... Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2001 by L. Quido
4.0 out of 5 stars The latest Joanna Brady mystery
The 9th. Joanna Brady story begins with a focus on Joanna's daughter, Jenny who is going through the 12-year-old doldrums. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2001 by Karen Potts
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews
ARRAY(0x10d3dcb4)

Look for similar items by category


Feedback