Deadly Stakes by J.A. Jance
A Novel (Ali Reynolds)

68%

5 Critic Reviews

... awkwardly contrived linkages and a lack of narrative drive make this a lesser effort.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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.
 

About J.A. Jance

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J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, as well as four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Born in South Dakota, and brought up in Brisbee, Arizona, Jance and her husband live in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.
 
Published February 5, 2013 by Touchstone. 305 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Peak Rank on Aug 04 2013
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Critic reviews for Deadly Stakes
All: 5 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Good
on Dec 13 2012

Prolific Jance melds elements of the thriller and police procedural with a touch of romance to carry readers swiftly to an unexpected conclusion.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Dec 17 2012

... awkwardly contrived linkages and a lack of narrative drive make this a lesser effort.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Judy Gigstad on Feb 22 2013

The rapidly moving story makes it a fascinating mystery, full of multiple suspects and numerous possibilities, but one solution. J. A. Jance fans are sure to be entertained by DEADLY STAKES...

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RT Book Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Roseann Marlett on Mar 06 2013

Some of the connections between characters are contrived. Also, the number of 40-to-50 year-old characters living in the homes of their aging parents seems unrealistic.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Vivian Zabel on Feb 11 2013

The touches of romance and family life make the novel more believable than expected. The final scenes with B. and Ali make me want to shout, “Finally!”

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