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In this chilling novel, the prolific Jance successfully brings together her dyspeptic Seattle homicide detective J.P. Beaumont (Birds of Prey, etc.) and Cochise County, Ariz., Sheriff Joanna Brady (Paradise Lost, etc.). When artist Rochelle Baxter is murdered in Bisbee, Ariz., Brady's department is stunned that Baxter's next of kin is not a person but the Washington State Attorney General's Office. Baxter was Latisha Wall, an industrial whistle-blower in a Washington witness protection program pending her testimony at an important trial. Beaumont, now an investigator for the AG, is sent to Arizona to determine if Wall's cover was blown. The enraged Brady interprets his arrival as personal criticism; Beaumont feels uncomfortable with her resentment and with being in the hometown of his second wife, the serial killer Anne Rowland Corley. After a second murder, the two investigators develop mutual respect and even a physical attraction. The convoluted plot builds to a surprising solution, though the floundering romance ultimately comes off as forced. The most frightening feature is the cause of death--sodium azide, an odorless, tasteless, unregulated chemical used in automobile air bags. Jance highlights the differences between her two protagonists by alternating Beaumont's first-person narration (despite her Seattle sleuth's dislike of Arizona's desolate scenery, the author describes it beautifully) with Brady's third-person chapters, which show how Brady, her staff and family handle pressure.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Jance is famed for two series, one featuring big-city detective J.P. Beaumont and the other small-town Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady. Here, in a case involving the murder of an out-of-state attorney on Brady's turf, the two meet explosively.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Another excellent murder mystery from J.A. Jance. I enjoyed having Beaumont and Brady in the same story. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2012 by Kathleen Cullen
This book got me back into reading. I haven't sat down and read a book in years. This book was so great that I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2004 by Angela Lin Wisser
I like the Joanna Brady novels, but don't care as much for the Beaumont series. But J. A. Jance weaves them together very well in the proper setting - the desert of course. Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2003 by Paul Skinner
J P Beaumont goes to the Southwest to help Sheriff Joanna Brady solve the murder of an artist. In the process he learns more painful truths about his late wife Anne. Read morePublished on May 15 2003 by Ginger L Hobbs
Sorry, but this one is a real stinker. The two detectives do little detecting but a lot of complaining about each other, until magically they are attracted to each other. Read morePublished on May 2 2003 by Rich Reis
I am a fan of Jance and have read all of her books for both the Brady and Beaumont series. This just didn't do it for me. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2003
Dry appraisal of a crime, action and suspense is low. Author tries to be too subtle in charecter interactions. Ending leaves you hanging. Culmination makes you wish you had more. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2003 by Justin Sinclair-Smith
The story does not flow or capture the reader adequately, the relationship between the two main charecters (Beaumont, Bradley)lack real chemistry, i.e. quite stolid. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2003 by Justin Sinclair-Smith
Writer Jance has a real winner on her hands in her "Partner in Crime" novel, when she teams up two familiar characters to join forces in this 'Must Read' page turner. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2003 by John Savoy