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Tombstone Courage Mm [Mass Market Paperback]

J.a. Jance
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April 1 1995 Joanna Brady Mysteries
With grit, courage and dogged determination,
Joanne challenged the status quo -- and won. Now,
as newly elected Sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, she
must battle the prejudice and hostility of a mistrustful,
male-dominated police force -- and solve a grisly double
homicide that threatens to tear the sleepy desert
community to pieces. For the two bodies baking in the
harsh Southwestern sun are connected by sinister threads
that reach back generations -- and by devastating family
secrets of greed, hatred and shocking abuse that could
destroy the innocent along with the guilty.

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From Publishers Weekly

Newly elected sheriff of an Arizona town, sleuth Joanna Brady must solve the murder of a local cattle rancher while dealing with prejudice in a male-dominated police force.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA?When Joanna Brady's husband, a leading candidate for sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, is gunned down by Colombian drug dealers, she decides to run for the office herself. The story of her election, her relationship with her nine-year-old daughter, and two murders (one decades old and one recent) form the basis of this cracker-jack mystery. The book has a strong female protagonist and explores issues such as child abuse and hidden memories. Will Joanna win the post and the respect of her fellow (male) police officers? Will she be able to reassure her frightened daughter? And will she solve the murders? All these questions are answered in Jance's thoroughly satisfying novel.?Susan B. McFaden, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining book Dec 8 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is book two in a series of books about Joanna Brady. In this book Joanna is running for sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona.
The author, J.A. Jance, does a good job of detailing the life of Brady and I felt that I got to know her fairly well throughout the story. I thought she did an exceptional job of outlining the relationship between mother and daughter during a rough period in their lives.
This well written book takes you through the life of Brady as she runs for Sheriff just at a time that two murders are discovered in her town. The murders revolve around a 30 year old family feud of a respected family in this small town.
Although the book was fairly slow to start it picked up quickly towards the end. Maybe a bit too quickly for my taste as I felt some things were left unexplored.
Overall I found this to be an entertaining book, even though I hadn't read the first in the series. I recommend it to anyone who wants a bit of a mystery in an easy to read book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Reading May 26 2001
By Gray
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Joanna Brady is a candidate for sheriff of Cochise County, Arizon, at the beginning of this book. I enjoyed meeting Ms. Brady more than I enjoyed the mystery. She is a well-conceived heroine in a very well-written book. The passages dealing the relationships between Joanna and her mother and daughter ring true. I have some experience in politics, and the "political" passages are as true to life as any I have ever read. Joanna should go far in politics if the author wants her to. The book starts somewhat slowly, but when the action begins, it builds quickly. Joanna is forced to deal with office strife, the normal pressures of a new job, and the murder of a respected acquaintance. This is the second book in a series. It is usually more rewarding to begin a series with the first book, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book without having read Desert Heat, the first in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Series, Great Story Dec 14 2002
By apoem
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This series has been fantastic. Although each novel can stand on it's own, I have found that reading them in order is a better idea. Later books reference earlier books and it is easier to follow the overall history of the characters in this series.
Having said that, this is a great book. Joanna has just been elected Sherrif when a grisly murder is discovered. A drugged up ex movie star, a wierd therapist, an old family fued of sorts and the stage is set for a great novel.
Joanna is a strong woman and this is a good book. It's good to read about her efforts to mourn with her daughter the loss of her husband. As she comes to grip with the past, she learns to deal with the present. Joanna's mother is an interesting character that adds a lot to this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Second book of the Joanna Brady series July 31 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Joanna Brady is elected sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona after the death of her husband, who had been a candidate for this position. It seems like a mixed blessing, however, when she is greeted by a double homocide followed by the resignations of two of the top men in the department. Some of her employees have a hard time accepting a woman, who is untrained in law enforcement, as their new boss. Added to this, Joanna has to constantly reassure her daughter, who has already lost a parent, that she will be careful in her new job. This book moves a little slowly at times, but the action definitely picks up at the end, and it is a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really liked it! Feb. 23 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a must read after Desert Heat. It is able to stand on its own. Again, J.A. Jance is able to make it seem as if anyone could have committed the murder -- keeping the secret to the very end.
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