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Rattlesnake Crossing [Mass Market Paperback]

J. A. Jance
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3.0 out of 5 stars Same-o same-o July 4 1999
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The Kirkus review is pretty much on the mark. Jance can be an excellent writer, and Brady's a great character, but the feeling one gets from this book is that Jance had to meet a deadline and just cranked another one out. "Don't forget to throw in the serial killer, and focus on the macabre and grisly aspects of the killings and burials. Throw in some local color, move the townfolk along."
Jance starts a number of plot lines that go nowhere, as Kirkus explains. She focuses on the .50 caliber rifle, when the shootings could have been done by any rifle. She repeatedly raises the specter of a missing armory, which goes nowhere. There's no explanation of why a killer with several large rifles needs to borrow a deer rifle, or why the killer chooses to flee the area right as Brady discovers his identity.
Hopefully in future books Jance will avoid the cliches the Brady series is falling into, particularly the unnecessary detailing of the killing process.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Mystery Nov. 21 2003
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I recently discovered the Joanna Brady series and have been happily reading along and enjoying the character of a woman sheriff in a small town. At first, I thought that her wearing a suit and heels to work was ridiculous but I realized that she probably had to be conservative since she was the first woman sheriff in the region. I also enjoy the Arizona setting and Jance's deft interweaving of family, friends, and mystery.
I wasn't nuts about the serial killer plot in this book -- I identified this person the moment they made an appearance in the book by the "profile" similar to many on TV cop shows and movies. However, I suppose serial killers are everywhere.
Overall, the Joanna Brady series keeps my interest and I've read about nine books so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Southwestern mystery July 22 2002
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Joanna Brady has been the Sheriff of Cochise County Arizona since her husband's death in the line of duty. When two bodies are found scalped, Joanna begins to suspect that a serial killer may be on the loose. As she and her staff struggle to find the solution to the murders, she must also contend with her growing feelings for Butch Dixon and her worries about the health of her best friend's child. This is the sixth novel in the Joanna Brady series and continues to explore Joanna's deepening connections with family and friends, as well as providing good solid mysteries to solve. If you would like to start with the first book in the series, try Desert Heat c1993
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jance is a reliable author Aug. 13 2000
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This Joanna Brady mystery is a good, if not outstanding, addition to the series. A local gun dealer, Clyde Phillips is dead. Was it a suicide or a murder? Clyde has an ex-wife who claims that it couldn't be suicide. Is she the murderer or could it be one of the Indian wannabes who inhabit a lodge down the road? Or could it be Alton Hosfield who has lot of animosity towards his neighbors and the federal government? Joanna works tirelessly to uncover the true culprit. Her daughter, Jenny, is on a trip with her grandparents so Joanna has more time to devote to law enforcement and to a new romance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A SERIES?? OH, JOY!! Oct. 27 2001
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This being my first Jance novel, I was a little skeptical especially after reading the reviews first. However, Ms.Jance manages to write a story about a very strong single parent trying to cope in a man's world. She brings in some heavy psychological drama and includes a little romance; atrocious violence (necessary in conjunction with a phsycopathic killer) with excellent suspense. She describes the Arizona area beautifully and I was able to visualize the terrain along with the odd and unusual characters easily. I was very surprised at the ending. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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