Judgment Call

Judgment Call

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The New York Times bestselling master of mystery and suspense, J.A. Jance--whom the Chattanooga Times ranks "among the best, if not the best"--brings back her enormously popular series protagonist, Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady.

With Judgment Call, Jance achieves a new high in crime fiction, as Brady wrestles with her conflicting roles of law officer and mother when her daughter discovers the murdered body of the local high school principal, and the ensuing investigation reveals secrets no parent wants to hear. At once a breathtaking recreation of the rugged landscape of the American Southwest, a moving story of a mother's concerns for her endangered child, and thrilling masterwork of brutal crime and expert detection, Judgment Call is prime J.A. Jance, a treat for anyone who loves a good cop story wrapped around a superior family drama.

Publisher: New York :, Harper,, 2013.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780061732805
Characteristics: 445 pages ;,20 cm.

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rahmmie
Jan 14, 2016

Jance again delivers an entertaining and fast-paced book. I didn't think the twist in the plot that gave the book its name was required and the book would have been fine without it

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Doris527
Aug 17, 2015

Excellent reading, had me on the lack of sleep because I stayed up reading syndrome. A few surprises and twists that were not even on my radar. A very good read.

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savtadina
Dec 10, 2014

Well written series and this book is one of the best. I've enjoyed the character development throughout the series. This book especially is extremely well written, solves the main mystery but also deals with two deaths from the past and ties them all together.

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DorisWaggoner
Dec 05, 2014

When Sheriff Joanna Brady's daughter Jenny, out on an early morning ride, comes upon the body of her high school principal, Joanna's work and personal worlds collide. She has to leave Jenny with the body while she goes back to direct her staff around the principal's car, stuck in the sand. A picture Jenny takes and sends to just one friend quickly goes viral, interfering with the investigation. This doesn't help the rocky relationship between mother and daughter. Yet in the end, that picture helps crack the case, as it breaks open the relationship--or lack thereof--between the principal, her students, and her secretary. Digging into her past, they find she's not who she claimed to be, yet the picture draws in a woman who'd been friends with her for decades. In the end, both mother and daughter learn important lessons about making judgement calls. A very sweet book on that level.

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vic17
Jul 01, 2013

I yet to have read a J. A. Jance novel that did not like.

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downingenator
Sep 01, 2012

As always, Ms. Jance kept me in that "didn't want to put the book down" mode. I have always enjoyed her writing, and this story was no exception.

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lucky38
Aug 05, 2012

A lot of things going on in this book, sometimes hard to keep up with who might of did what. Jance likes to tie up all the loose ends, making the book a bit long, but overall I liked the book and will recommend it to others.

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bridge1
Aug 04, 2012

Joanna Brady, sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, has to solve the murder of the local high school principal. I didn't find the plot very interesting.

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