Long Time Gone

Long Time Gone

Fifty years ago, when she was five, Sister Mary Katherine witnessed something terrible . . . A former Seattle policeman now working for the Washington State Attorney's Special Homicide Investigation Team, J.P. Beaumont has been hand-picked to lead the investigation into a half-century-old murder. An eyewitness to the crime, a middle-aged nun, has now recalled grisly, forgotten details while undergoing hypnotherapy. It's a case as cold as the grave, and it's running headlong into another that's tearing at Beau's heart: the vicious slaying of his former partner's ex-wife. What's worse, his rapidly unraveling friend is the prime suspect. Caught in the middle of a lethal conspiracy that spans two generations and a killing that hits too close to home -- targeted by a vengeful adversary and tempted by a potential romance that threatens to reawaken his personal demons -- Beaumont may suddenly have more on his plate than he can handle, and far too much to survive.

Gender Bias in Mystery and Romance Novel Publishing

Mimicking Masculinity and Femininity

Gender Bias in Mystery and Romance Novel Publishing

Examines gender bias from the perspective of readers, writers and publishers, with a focus on the top two bestselling genres in modern fiction. It is a linguistic, literary stylistic, and structurally formalist analysis of the male and female “sentences” in the genres that have the greatest gender divide: romances and mysteries. The analysis will search for the historical roots that solidified what many think of today as a “natural” division. Virginia Woolf called it the fabricated “feminine sentence,” and other linguists have also identified clear sexpreferential differences in AngloAmerican, Swedish and French novels. Do female mystery writers adopt a masculine voice when they write mysteries? Are femalepenned mysteries structurally or linguistically different from their male competitors’, and vice versa among male romance writers? The first part can be used as a textbook for gender stylistics, as it provides an indepth review of prior research. The second part is an analysis of the results of a survey on readers’ perception of gender in passages from literature. The last part is a linguistic and structural analysis of actual statistical differences between the novels in the two genres, considering the impact of the author’s gender.

Web of Evil

Web of Evil

Ali Reynolds is mad as hell and she isn't going to take it anymore! Fired from her glamorous high profile LA anchorwoman job, Ali's returned to her hometown of Sedona, Arizona to lick her wounds, shedding her old life and her old husband (the 'cheating rat') in the process. She's started a blog to help vent her feelings of betrayal: cutlooseblog.com. But the day before their final decree nisi, Ali's estranged husband is found dead in Palm Springs - having been trussed up in the boot of a car and left on the railway tracks to be pulverized by an oncoming freight train - leaving behind him a rich estate and a pregnant fiancee. Not only is Ali the sole heir to her soon-to-be-ex-husband's estate, she's also the prime suspect in his murder. Soon she's heading down a path strewn with corpses and danger alike. But little does Ali realize the extraordinary part her blog will play in tracking down the real culprit.

Deadly Stakes

A Novel

Deadly Stakes

In this “heart-stopping” (Publishers Weekly) page-turner from New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance, Ali Reynolds finds herself working against the police to clear two innocent names. Former reporter Ali Reynolds finds herself working against the police to add up the clues that connect one frightened teenager, two dead bodies, and $300,000...with the body count rising. Hired to investigate the grisly murder of a gold-digging divor­cée on behalf of the woman accused of the crime, Ali Reynolds is immediately drawn to the case of the secretive teenager who found the body. A. J. Sanders was in the Camp Verde desert to retrieve a mystery box buried by his absent father—a box that turns out to be filled with hundreds of thousands of dol­lars’ worth of poker chips. When a second body is found in the desert, it seems the three cases are more closely related than anyone could have imagined. Though Ali’s friends in the police department grow increasingly irritated by her involvement, Ali must stop a ruthless killer from claiming another victim...before she is lost in this game of deadly stakes.

Left for Dead

A Novel

Left for Dead

After the near-fatal shooting of a former police academy classmate and an encounter with Sister Anselm, who is acting as a patient advocate for a woman who was savagely attacked by a drug cartel, Ali Reynolds is determined to seek justice in both cases.

Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

Having taken on a media relations position with the Yavapai County Police Department, Ali Reynolds' first time out on the job is trial by fire. When a brand new housing estate goes up in flames, everyone hopes that the unfinished, unoccupied homes will yield no victims. But one woman is found barely alive and beyond recognition. For months she lies in a medically-induced coma, unclaimed and unidentified. When she finally awakes, badly disfigured and with no clue as to who she is or where she came from, she faces a bleak future. The victim faces even worse news when she's diagnosed with terminal cancer, and her quest to discover her identity takes on even greater urgency. In her new role, Ali Reynolds is called upon to grant the dying woman's final wishes: to find the people who saved her life - and the people who tried to kill her.

Man Overboard

An Ali Reynolds Novel

Man Overboard

Roger McGeary, a brilliant software engineer, has gifted himself with an upscale cruise in honor of his fortieth birthday. When he falls to his death from the balcony of his stateroom suite, the incident is quickly declared a suicide. Only his maiden aunt, a tough-as-nails woman who runs a race horse refuge refuses to take "case closed" for an answer and turns to Ali Reynolds at High Noon Enterprises to look into the situation.

Devil's Claw

A Joanna Brady Mystery

Devil's Claw

In the night-still canyons of the Arizona desert, a girl is on the run. Alone but for her beloved red-tailed hawk, she flees from the dark shadows of her young life, the horror she has witnessed…and the terror that now stalks her. New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance returns with her eighth novel in the highly acclaimed Joanna Brady mystery series. Set against the backdrop of the modern west, this gripping tale finds Sheriff Brady juggling a precarious overload in both her personal and professional lives. About to be married, Joanna's facing a daughter turning twelve and going on twenty, a meddlesome mother micro-managing her wedding, and new in-laws arriving any day. The sudden death of her much-loved neighbor and handyman, Clayton Rhodes, creates further turmoil, leaving Joanna shocked, saddened, and the target of Clayton's irate and irrational daughter, who accuses the Sheriff's Department of covering up a possible murder. But amidst the uproar, the report of a homicide at Cochise Stronghold in the Dragoon Mountains quickly captures Joanna's full attention. An Indian woman has been found shot to death--a woman recently released from prision after serving time for the manslaughter killing of her husband. She is the mother of a missing fifteen-year-old, Lucy Ridder. The death at first appears to be a case of domestic rage finally exploding'and a troubled teen runaway may be a victim, or a cold-blooded killer. Yet as Joanna deals with the long-standing troubles of Clayton Rhodes' family and digs deeper into the mysterious life of Lucy and her family, she discovers that investigating family hostilities is leading her down a twisted trail of hatred, greed, and far-reaching consequences--and into a dangerous world where violence is the first response and long buried secrets are a reason to kill…or die. Once again, J.A. Jance delivers a gritty, deftly written thriller that unfolds on a vivid landscape of raw beauty and unrelenting danger. And, as always, Sheriff Joanna Brady brings the setting to life with the sensitivity, spirit, and intense passion for justice that makes Jance novels ring with authenticity.

Hand of Evil

Hand of Evil

His hand trapped in the door of a speeding car, a man struggles to remain upright as he's dragged along a deserted stretch of mountain road. It's the perfect place to drive a man to his grave - literally. Starting with a crime so gruesome even prowling coyotes keep their distance, a killer begins crisscrossing the southern states on a spree of grisly murders. A hundred miles away, Ali Reynolds is grieving. The newscasting job she once delighted in is gone and so is the philandering husband she loved and thought she knew. When a member of the family who gave Ali a generous scholarship for her education decades earlier suddenly requests a meeting, Ali wonders what it can mean. But before she can satisfy her curiosity, she receives another startling call: a friend's teenage daughter has disappeared. Ali offers to help but, in doing so, she unknowingly begins a quest that will reveal a deadly ring of secrets, at the centre of which stand two undiscriminating killers.

Sequels

An Annotated Guide to Novels in Series

Sequels

A guide to series fiction lists popular series, identifies novels by character, and offers guidance on the order in which to read unnumbered series.