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E-book extras: "A Statement by Joanna Brady"; "J.A. Jance on the Origins of Joanna Brady"; "Joanna Brady to the Rescue."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 prison 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 a

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									Devil's Claw
Joanna Brady Mystery

Author: J. A. Jance
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E-book extras: "A Statement by Joanna Brady"; "J.A. Jance on the Origins of Joanna Brady"; "Joanna
Brady to the Rescue."

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 prison 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.
Excerpt

Lucy waited until she knew her grandmother was asleep before she left the house and quietly wheeled
her bike out of the shed. The afternoon's bitter quarrel had continued to torment her the whole time she
had sorted through the few possessions she would need to take with hera bedroll, a few clothes, a heavy,
sheepskin-lined jacket, a canteen of water, some food pilfered from the kitchen, her grandmother's .22
pistol, and, of course, the diskette. Her mother's precious diskette. The diskette that had meant more to
Sandra Ridder than anything else. That diskette, Lucy Ridder knew, was the whole reason her father had
died.It was cold enough outside that she could see her breath. Across the Sulphur Springs Valley the full
moon had risen high over the horizon, casting enough of an eerie yellow glow across the landscape that
Lucy could see to ride. After pushing the bike for the better part of half a mile, Lucy stopped and once
again sent that same wild and keening cry off across the night-still desert. She called and waited.
Moments later, she was rewarded by the flap of Big Red's wings overhead. Once he settled gently onto
her leather-thong-wrapped handlebar, Lucy no longer felt nearly as alone or as frightened."Will she come,
do you think?" Lucy asked the bird.Big Red didn't answer, but then he didn't need to. After all, Lucy knew
the answer to that question herself, She had known it all along. Of course Sandra Ridder would come,
just as she had eight years earlier -- in secret, in the middle of the night, and without Grandma Yates'
knowledge.Big Red had learned to ride on the handlebars of Lucy's bike long before he could fly. From
the time he was little more than a ball of fluff, he had loved riding perched on the leatherwrapped
handlebar with his wings half-spread and his hooked beak pointing into the wind. As he had grown, it
seemed to Lucy that Big Red's partially unfurled wings always served to make them more
aerodynamic.They often took long weekend jaunts to the upper end of Cochise Stronghold. In the wild
and protected reaches of the cliff-bound canyon where the noted Apache chieftain, Cochise, had often
secluded his band, Lucy and her unlikely companion would while away the long weekend hours. This,
however, was the first time that the two of them had made this pilgrimage together in the dark of
night.Three different times Lucy heard vehicles approaching from behind, and twice she met vehicles
driving toward her. On each occasion, Lucy wheeled the sturdy mountain bike off the road. While Big Red
hustled onto low-lying branches, Lucy disappeared into underbrush to wait until the danger of discovery
was past.Pumping along, Lucy felt physical warmth seeping back into her body right along with the anger
she harbored toward her mother. And as she rode, the memory of that other nighttime trip to Cochise
Stronghold -- one made from Tucson and in her mother's old Nissan -- was still vivid in Lucy's
mind.Sandra Ridder had come to the Lohse YMCA to collect herdaughter. Even though the ballet class
had barely started, she had ordered Lucy to get dressed and come along. Her face had been bruised and
bleeding and she seemed so agitated that at first Lucy had thought Sandra was drunk. That did happen
at times, although it happened far less frequently now that Lucy's father had gone to treatment and quit
drinking.Once in the car, Lucy learned that her mother wasn't drunk. She was angry. Furious! As soon as
the car doors closed, she had wrestled Lucy's backpack away from her daughter and dug through it,
pawing...
Author Bio
J. A. Jance
J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady
series, three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family, and Edge of Evil. Born in South Dakota and
brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson,
Arizona.
Reviews

"A solid installment in a worthy series. The Arizona desert plays an unforgettable part in this atmospheric
tale."



"Another winner in a series that wins more fans with every book."

								
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