Shoot Don't Shoot: A Joanna Brady Mystery by J. A. Jance

By J. A. Jance

A prisoner languishes in a Phoenix prison phone, accused of brutally slaying his estranged spouse. not anyone believes the fellow is blameless, other than the hot girl sheriff of Cochise County, on the town for a crash direction in police education. Joanna Brady is out of her jurisdiction—and potentially in over her head. For a human monster is at the prowl, hiding the grisly proof of his awful crimes within the massive vacancy of the Arizona desolate tract. And an impromptu research, with out reliable sanction and no again up, is drawing a chilly, creative serial killer a lot too with reference to Brady for comfort—and, worse nonetheless, toward her little girl.

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Joanna sat up in bed so she could think better. “Didn’t the detectives on the case pick him up at work down in Paul Spur? A day or so after I was sworn in, I remember seeing a letter from the chief of police up in Peoria. He sent a note to the department, thanking us for our cooperation. Since it happened on Dick Voland’s watch, I passed the letter along to him. ” “You know a lot more than I did, then,” Frank Montoya returned. “You’re right. The family had been living in Bisbee for a while, but Jorge is originally from Douglas.

Now that Joanna was in the public eye, however, annoyance had escalated into something else. From the moment Joanna Brady began making her bid for the office of sheriff, Marliss had chosen to regard everything related to Joanna and Jennifer Brady as possibly newsworthy material for her weekly column. At first, Joanna hadn’t tumbled to her changed circumstances. Then one day, she was shocked to see her own words quoted verbatim in Marliss Shackleford’s column—words taken from a conversation with a third party in what Joanna had mistakenly assumed to be the relative privacy of an after-church coffee hour.

I don’t know about you, but I have a big day ahead of me tomorrow. After church and as soon as dinner is over, I have to drive all the way to Phoenix—that’s a good four-hour trip. ” Folding down the covers on what she still considered to be her side of the bed, Joanna crawled in and pulled the comforter up around her chin. Climbing into the double bed was when the now familiar ache of Andy’s absence hit her anew with soul-wrenching reality. Instead of taking the hint and heading for her own bed, Jenny simply snuggled closer.

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