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Although J.A. Jance and Tony Hillerman (Coyote Waits, The Fallen Man) are in many ways poles apart as mystery writers, they are united on at least two fronts: their appreciation of the hypnotically arid beauty of the American Southwest; and their sense that this landscape is peculiarly capable of engendering horrific violence. In Skeleton Canyon Jance writes: "Overhead, the stars shone like glittering diamonds against a velvet sky. The starlight was so bright that the mountains, rocks, and trees around her emerged from the gloom. Sitting there in the half-lit dark of Skeleton Canyon, it was easy for Brianna to sense time falling away from her. This rugged, almost empty corner of the Arizona desert had changed so little that even now an occasional jaguar, roaming north from the mountains of Mexico, had been spotted by a solitary rancher. And if the wild canyons of the Peloncillos still played host to an assortment of wildlife, it wasn't so far off to imagine that human outlaws still ranged that same habitat as well."
Brianna O'Brien never returns from Skeleton Canyon, where she had waited under cover of darkness to rendezvous, à la Juliet and Romeo, with her boyfriend, Ignacio Ybarra. In investigating Brianna's murder, Sheriff Joanna Brady must confront both the blatant racism of the O'Brien family--horrified to discover that their daughter could have been involved with a Mexican boy--and the family's dark past. There are skeletons in canyons, and skeletons as well locked behind the doors of the sprawling O'Brien compound. Home is where the heart is--but home is also host to a lethal nest of lies, greed, and secrets. --Kelly Flynn
Joanna Brady, sheriff of Tombstone and star of Jance's award-winning mystery series, is summoned to the murderously hot Skeleton Canyon to investigate a killing.
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J.A. Jance does it again, another page turner. I can't seem to get enough of this series of books and the characters within them.Published 13 months ago by Sue
Having read some of the JP Beaumont series, I inadvertantly stumbled onto the Joanna Brady series. I like both of them. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2000 by Elizabeth
i thought this book was pretty good.this is the first brady book i have read but now i am hooked.its a good mystery book with a good ending. Read morePublished on April 7 2000 by avdr
I truly enjoy reading the books of J.A. Jance and this is another good one in the Sheriff Joanna Brady series. J.A. Read morePublished on March 25 2000 by nobizinfla
You may wish to buy this one in the hardcover. Probably the best of Jance's work. Outstanding story as well as an amazing description of the American Southwest.Published on Nov. 27 1999 by Dale L. Jennings