Paradise Lost by J. A. Jance

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The New York Times bestselling J.A. Jance is back! Cochise County, Arizona, and Sheriff Joanna Brady faces her most personal and dangerous case when her daughter discovers a body in the Arizona wilderness.

When Cochise County, Arizona, Sheriff Joanna Brady′s daughter Jenny goes off on a Memorial Day weekend girl scout camp-out in nearby Apache Pass, Joanna trusts that her 12-year-old daughter will behave. But with boy-crazy Dora Matthews as a tentmate, Jenny is seduced into taking a late night unauthorized hike into the wilderness where--instead of smoking a clandestine cigarette--she and Dora stumble upon the body of a murdered Phoenix woman. Knowing that her little girl will be traumatized by her experience, Joanna must balance concern for Jenny with the demands of her new marriage and possible bid for reelection. But when young Dora Matthews herself turns up dead two days later, Joanna′s concern turns to terror. For if Constance Haskell′s killer is murdering potential witnesses, Jenny may be next.


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 March 17, 2009 by William Morrow. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jul 15 2001

Can a special on Lifetime Network for Women be far behind?

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Reviewed by G. Hall on Jan 01 2002

A new entry in J. A Jance's Joanna Brady series is always a treat.

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Jandy's Reading Room

Below average
Reviewed by Jandy on Jun 25 2003

This one is not as strong as earlier ones.

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Reviewed by Harriet Klausner on Aug 01 2001

An intense personal side to Joanna leads to a taut story line that enhances the who-done-it. 

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Below average
Reviewed by William Morrow on Jan 01 2001

I felt slightly cheated that Jance did not clean up one significant lose end, the reporter.

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