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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (July 11 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380804697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380804696
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,350,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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.
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... 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.
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By Eric Praline on Feb. 5 2004
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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.
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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.
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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
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