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Judgment Call Unabridged Cd: A Brady Novel Of Suspense Audio CD – Audiobook, Jul 24 2012

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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Unabridged edition (July 24 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062189417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062189417
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 13.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,760,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

When Joanna Brady's daughter, Jenny, stumbles across the body of her high school principal, Debra Highsmith, in the desert, the Cochise County sheriff's personal and professional worlds collide. Though she's tried to protect her children from the dangers of the grown-up world, the search for justice leads straight to her own door and forces her to face the possibility that her beloved daughter may be less perfect than she seems. Yet the deeper Joanna digs, the more complications she uncovers. It seems the quiet, upstanding principal had a hidden past, full of mysterious secrets she'd successfully kept buried for years. As the seasoned sheriff juggles professional constraints and personal demands, she finds herself walking a fine line between justice and family that has never been so blurred.

Performed by Hillary Huber

About the Author

J. A. Jance is theNew York Timesbestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and four interrelated thrillers about the Walker family. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

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By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Aug. 22 2012
Format: Audio CD

I've been following the trials and tribulations of Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County, Arizona for many years. J.A. Jance released the first book in 1993 and the latest installment - Judgment Call - marks the 15th entry in this long running and much loved series.

Joanna's fifteen year old daughter Jenny stumbles upon a body while out for an early morning ride. It turns out to be the body of the local high school principal, who had been reported as missing. And with that discovery, her personal and professional lives collide. It seems that Principal Highsmith had some secrets....

What has kept me coming back to this series over the years? The strength is in the recurring characters. Sitting down to read a Brady book is like listening to an old friend tell a good story. Brady's life has continued to change and evolve over the years, in a believable manner. She's a character I've come to know and like. So, the personal story lines are always a draw. I always enjoy the setting descriptions as well. Jance owns a home in Arizona, so the descriptions are drawn from personal observation.

The mystery is solid in Judgment Call, as is Joanna's investigation of it. Nothing earth shattering, but again, it's all in the telling. This is the first time I've chosen to listen to a Brady book. I was quite concerned what the reader would sound like, as I have developed a mental image for Joanna over the years. The reader was Hilary Huber and she was an excellent choice. I have listened to her narrate other audio books and enjoyed them. She has a slightly gravelly tone to her voice that is quite unique. Her voice is very well modulated and conveys strength, purpose and urgency without being raised. It conveyed the calm confidence of Sheriff Brady easily.
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Format: Hardcover
Wonder if bestselling author Jance had any idea when she wrote her first novel starring Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady that she would some day have written a 15th that readers would be standing in line for. Whatever the case, she's done it - with Judgment Call.

Brady is as fascinating as ever and descriptions Of Bisbee, Arizona as real as a wide-screen video. And, as is her wont, deft author Jance keeps us guessing until the last page. Villains seems to become more vicious with each Brady adventure, and the latest tops them all. He's completely merciless and cares nothing for the innocent lives he takes as he pursues those he feels have wronged him.

Jenny, Brady's 15-year-old daughter, comes across a dead body while out on an early morning horseback ride. Her high school principal, Debra Highsmith, has been savaged. But, why? True, Highsmith was not the most popular high school faculty member, but murder? To complicate Brady's investigation Highsmith was an extremely private person, almost obsessively so and appears to have no next of kin.

While Brady spends 24/24 trying to discover anything about the mysterious Highsmith another murder occurs. Outside of the immediacy of this slaying could there be any connection between the two? Even more perplexing is that what Brady considers police information has been appearing on the internet.

Brady is wife, mother, sheriff, which at times seems more than she can do especially as she makes discoveries about her own family's past and the death of her father. Jance peoples her story with carefully drawn characters, especially a nosy older newspaper woman, Marliss Shackleford, and an arrogant medical examiner.

You can't miss a sentence or you may have trouble keeping up with who's who in relation to the others, but it's well worth the trip!

- Gail Cooke
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Although I enjoyed the earlier books in this series I found that this book had little to recommend it. To begin with the plot is very thin. At the midpoint the identity of the killer is clear and not too much later Joanne Brady figures it out. Everything that happens is telegraphed in advance and one would have to look pretty closely to find anything resembling at plot twist. There is little sense of place and aside for some mellowing on her mother's part and growing up by the daughter there is no character development. The thing that bothered me the most is the voice of Joanne Brady which is consistently superior with no vulnerabilityand a complete lack of humor. Since the book is written in the first person with little dialog this quickly becomes annoying.
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I loved this story. It was another great mystery in which Joanna has to solve a murder stemming from long buried family secrets. A great mystery!
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