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Shoot Dont Shoot Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 1996


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (Oct. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380765489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380765485
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,688,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Third installment in Jance's Joanna Brady series.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Sheriff Joanna Brady chases a serial killer in this latest from the popular author of Lying in Wait (Morrow, 1994).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 208 reviews
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good addition to this series Aug. 2 2000
By Karen Potts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Joanna Brady has been sworn in as the new sheriff of Cochise County. She realizes that she has no experience in the law-enforcement business so she goes to a police academy with a class full of rookie cops. While there she befriends LeAnn, the only other woman in the class. They serve as support for one another in the face of instructor Dave Thompson who tends to teach by intimidation. She also takes time to investigate a murder at the request of the accused murderer's mother. The case is outside her jurisdiction, but that doesn't stop Joanna. A series of brutal murders occur which eventually intrude into Joanna's life. The murderers seem obvious, but Joanna isn't so sure. Through her investigation, the identity of the real murderer is revealed. This is more concise than some of the books in this series and is well-paced. I recommend it.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Forget the Audio Book...Read the Book Instead Dec 13 2006
By J. Keith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
Like all the Joanna Brady series, Shoot/Don't Shoot is full of interesting, multi-dimensional characters, intriguing, exciting, and overloaded with side plots. The audio version by Ellen Travolta, however, is ineptly read. She has a good voice but seems to have just picked up the book and started reading with no preparation. The phrasing is stumbling, and she even stutters occasionally. The mispronunciations of place names, surnames and even ordinary words are so bad and so frequent as to be distracting. Save your money and read the book if you can.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I want to see more of this series July 8 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought *Shoot/Don't Shoot* because my sister had lent me *Tombstone Courage* and I liked it. I live in Cochise County, so it tickles me to see familiar place names. This book combines such real-life problems as domestic violence, serial killers, and a few of the things that are wrong with our justice system (weaknesses the serial killer exploits with frightening ease). I cared about the characters and worried about what would happen to them. In fact, I wish I could have spoken to some of them. I'd have said: (to the lesbian's homophobic relative): You'd better start lobbying for acceptance of homosexuals as full-fledged members of the human race. If current research is correct about some cases of homosexuality being inherited, you could wind up with a gay or lesbian child or grandchild. (to Mrs. Duffy): You'd better let your grandchildren spend time with their father and other grandmother. You raised a daughter who neglected those children for booze and sex. Senora Grijalva raised a son who was willing to rot in jail rather than let his children find out their mother was a whore. Given your respective records, I'd feel better if those children were being raised by the Grijalvas. (to Sheriff Brady): Give your mother what for! It won't solve all of your problems with her, but I can assure you that you'll feel better. (I know how you feel about pixie cuts. My father made me wear one and I hated it, too.) I look forward to getting the first and next book. Tip for readers: "Huachuca" is pronounced "Wah-choo-kah". Ann E. Nichols
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely A Bulls-Eye April 15 2005
By L. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In J.A. Jance's book revolving around the life of Joanna Brady, the just-elected sheriff enrolls in a police academy to learn the ins and outs of police work. You'd think this would be a boring premise for a book, but with Jance writing it, it's anything but dull especially when Joanna's classmate is murdered and she's determined to help find the killer. It's not just class lectures and books for her, as she's thrown into the middle of mayhem. While she's learning how to investigate crimes, her new skills are immediately put to the test, as the murder investigation becomes personal since Joanna knew and liked the victim.

As a subplot, Joanna does have a few hours of "down" time and she spends it in a little hole-in-the-wall bar that makes the best cheeseburgers around. Of course sparks fly between the bartender/owner of the bar (Butch Dixon) and Joanna. Jance increases her cast of support characters with the friends Joanna makes in Phoenix and you can be sure that a few will resurface in later books.

While reading this I wondered if Jance would have Joanna jump into a new relationship so soon after her husband's death. To me that would have changed the attributes of her main character, and in doing so would have possibly lessened my enjoyment of this series. Joanna Brady's strong emotions, her desire for self-preservation, viability, etc. are a large part of what makes these books so pleasurable. At the same time, when Joanna leaves Phoenix to return to Bisbee, I didn't want to think that she'd never see Butch Dixon again and kept hoping that "maybe in the future...". (Ok, I'll admit it - I'm a romantic at heart!)

This tale is a little different for Jance since it takes place in Phoenix, Arizona instead of Bisbee. I lived outside of Phoenix for almost five years and have to say that Jance's descriptions were extremely accurate. I remember reading this and thinking, "I've been there". There are a few places that only exist in our imaginations, such as Butch Dixon's bar, but it so closely resembles several others in the area that it could very well be one of them.

This is a typical J.A. Jance novel full of wonderful descriptions of not only surrounding areas but also of people in general. There's definitely a few twists and turns along the journey (I'd be disappointed if it were a straight-line venture) and the ending will surprise you.

If you haven't read this series, I'd highly recommend that you do so. Many years ago when I had the good fortune to run into this writer in a bookstore she told me that many had compared her to Mary Higgins Clark. After reading her previous work, I agreed with that comparison until this series was published. Now I believe she surpasses Clark in every aspect of what makes a great author!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Series, Great book Dec 14 2002
By apoem - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been reading this series in order. Although each book can stand alone, later books reference earlier books and it is, in my opinion, much more enjoyable to read them in order so you know the complete history.
Having said all of that, this is the best book I have read to date in this series.
Joanna was elected sherrif and is off for training. By doing a favor for a friend of a friend, she runs into a serial killer that has escaped detection for many years. There is a touch, just a tiny touch, of romance. There is also a very stressful period of time when her daughter has been kidnapped and the kidnapper has killed himself and the police are searching frantically for Joanna's daughter and the daughter's friend.
This book moves right along, the characters are well developed and there is excitement. I particularly liked the ending.
Enjoy.


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