The desecrated body of a missing Phoenix heiress lies naked, lifeless, and abandoned in the desolate beauty and lonely terror of the high desert night. A hideous crime is inviting death once more into Sheriff Joanna Brady's world. But this time the nightmares of her professional and personal lives are intertwining in ways too awful to contemplate, because one corpse is only the first piece in a twisted and sinister puzzle in which nothing seems to fit. And the next item on a killer's bloody agenda may well be Brady's own beloved daughter.
About the Author
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 five interrelated thrillers about the Walker family, as well as a volume of poetry. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.
“Jance delivers a devilish page-turner.”
"Brady comes into her own in this book...making an already appealing character even more so."
-St Louis Post-Dispatch
"The plotting is up to Jance's high standards...bracing."
"[A] page turner...builds suspense and throws in some surprises as well. Jance's sense of place remains strong."
“Joanna Brady is a delightful character.”
"J.A. Jance is among the best--if not the best--mystery novelists writing today."
"A strong appreciation for the Arizona countryside...a stronger central character."
-Dallas Morning News
"In the elite company of Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell."