Devil's Claw (Joanna Brady Mysteries, Book 8) by J.A. Jance

By J.A. Jance

Within the night-still canyons of the Arizona wilderness, a woman is at the run. by myself yet for her cherished red-tailed hawk, she flees from the darkish shadows of her younger existence, the horror she has witnessed…and the phobia that now stalks her.New York occasions bestselling writer J.A. Jance returns together with her 8th novel within the hugely acclaimed Joanna Brady secret sequence. Set opposed to the backdrop of the fashionable west, this gripping story unearths Sheriff Brady juggling a precarious overload in either her own lives. approximately to be married, Joanna's dealing with a daughter turning twelve and occurring twenty, a meddlesome mom micro-managing her marriage ceremony, and new in-laws arriving any day. The surprising loss of life of her much-loved neighbor and handyman, Clayton Rhodes, creates extra turmoil, leaving Joanna stunned, saddened, and the objective of Clayton's irate and irrational daughter, who accuses the Sheriff's division of masking up a potential murder.But amidst the uproar, the file of a murder at Cochise Stronghold within the Dragoon Mountains speedy captures Joanna's complete awareness. An Indian girl has been came across shot to death--a girl lately published from prision after serving time for the manslaughter killing of her husband. She is the mummy of a lacking fifteen-year-old, Lucy Ridder.The dying at the beginning seems to be a case of household rage eventually exploding'and a afflicted youngster runaway could be a sufferer, or a cold-blooded killer. but as Joanna offers with the long-standing problems of Clayton Rhodes' relations and digs deeper into the mysterious lifetime of Lucy and her kinfolk, she discovers that investigating kinfolk hostilities is major her down a twisted path of hatred, greed, and far-reaching consequences--and right into a harmful international the place violence is the 1st reaction and lengthy buried secrets and techniques are a cause to kill…or die.Once back, J.A. Jance promises a gritty, deftly written mystery that unfolds on a brilliant panorama of uncooked good looks and unrelenting risk. And, as consistently, Sheriff Joanna Brady brings the atmosphere to lifestyles with the sensitivity, spirit, and excessive ardour for justice that makes Jance novels ring with authenticity.

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She glanced down, looking for tire tracks in the fine dust. There was no sign that Clayton Rhodes’ truck had been there at all that day. Maybe the wind blew them away, she thought. But once in the barn with the lights switched on, Joanna knew that wasn’t true. Kiddo was locked in a stall that clearly hadn’t been cleaned that day, and the door to his paddock, which should have been open, was closed. His water barrel was dry, his feeding trough empty. Fuming to herself, Joanna used a hose to fill the water barrel.

Big Red gave no answer, but he made no effort to leave either. And for right then, that was answer enough. At last, squaring her shoulders, Lucinda Ridder climbed on her bike and rode back the way she had come to retrieve her bedroll. CHAPTER 2 “Mom,” Jennifer Ann Brady called from the bathtub. “Tigger’s drinking out of the toilet again. It’s gross. ” Sighing, Joanna Brady opened her eyes and forced herself up from the couch where she had inadvertently dozed off while waiting for Jenny to finish her bath so they could both go to bed.

See there,” Wayne said. “Now they’re turning school buses into war zones. You should stop driving that thing, Aggie. ” The stricken principal’s words had already chilled Agnes Hooper’s heart. Loner, she thought. Never gave teachers any trouble. “That’s what people say about Lucy Ridder behind her back,” Agnes said softly. ” Wayne turned away from the blaring television set and studied his wife’s face. “Lucy Ridder,” he said thoughtfully. ” Agnes nodded. ” Wayne covered his face with both hands.

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