Damage Control by J. A. Jance

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At first glance, it appears to be an accident . . .

A car carrying an elderly couple goes off the side of a mountain and tumbles into oblivion on a beautiful sunny day in the Coronado National Monument. A note pulled from the twisted wreckage suggests the tragedy may have been a double suicide—but an autopsy later suggests something different. A deadly fire and a fatal home invasion may or may not have some connection to the terrible crash. And miles away in the desert, a savage rain has revealed something grisly and terrifying: two trash bags filled with human remains.

It's just another day in the life of Cochise County sheriff Joanna Brady, who must somehow balance the rigors of police work with a newborn, a teenager, a writer-husband, and a difficult mother. But Joanna will not allow murder to go unpunished in her jurisdiction—even if her path to the truth is twisting and dangerous . . . and leads to shocking revelations about those entrusted with caring for the helpless.


About J. A. Jance

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J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and four interrelated thrillers about the Walker family. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle and Tucson.
Published October 13, 2009 by William Morrow. 462 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Romance, Crime. Fiction

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It’s Butch’s enduring selflessness that enables Joanna to cope with “death, murder, and mayhem” brilliantly enough to keep getting elected in crime-beset Cochise County, Ariz.

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Sheriff Joanna Brady and her staff face a host of challenges while her husband, Butch, tends their infant son in bestseller Jance's solid 13th novel to feature the Cochise County, Ariz., cop (after Dead Wrong ).

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Joanna’s mother is trying to lend a hand but since Joanna and her mother don’t have the best relationship Joanna is suspicious of her mother’s intentions.

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Butch has a hard deadline to meet in four days for his new novel and really needs to go on a book tour.

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