Left for Dead

Left for Dead

A Novel

Book - 2013
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When violence from the drug wars with the Mexican cartels crosses the border into Arizona, and an old friend is murdered, Ali Reynolds steps in to investigate in New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance's fast-paced mystery.

When Santa Cruz county deputy sheriff Jose Reyes, one of Ali Reynolds's classmates from the Arizona Police Academy, is gunned down and left to die, he is at first assumed to be an innocent victim of the drug wars escalating across the border. But the crime scene investigation shows there's much more to it than that, and soon he and his pregnant wife, Teresa, are both under suspicion.

Ali owes Reyes a debt of gratitude for the help he gave her years earlier. When she's summoned to his bedside at Mercy Medical Center in Tucson, it's impossible for Ali to turn away. Upon arriving at the hospital, Ali finds her good friend, Sister Anselm, is there as well, working as a patient advocate on behalf of another seriously injured victim, an unidentified border crosser who was raped and savagely beaten.

As more bodies begin to pile up, Ali becomes determined to seek justice, even when it becomes impossible to know where the danger is coming from. Fast-paced, tension-filled, and intriguingly complex, Left for Dead is J.A. Jance at her riveting best.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2013, c2012
ISBN: 9781451628609
Branch Call Number: Pbk MYS JAN

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DorisWaggoner
Apr 22, 2016

A few of the characters are stereotypes, like the pimp. But this complex story weaves two plots together via old friends Sister Anselm and Ali Reynolds who find themselves together in an ICU waiting room. They solve two near-murders that law enforcement is, to begin with, not very interested in, via the connections they find. One of the things I love about Jance is the completeness with which each of her series builds on its own set of characters and its own settings. This one has a bit more action than character development, but for those who already know the characters, it doesn't matter.

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bridge1
Mar 17, 2014

Always a good story!

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Eil_1
Oct 07, 2013

Second book I've read by this author. Love her books - exciting and real page-turner.

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vi2856
Jun 02, 2013

just picked this up, can't put it down.
A really good read

rowanquincy Sep 25, 2012

An Ali Reynolds book. I enjoyed this book very much. Love the characters and a good plot. Read quickly.

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KathiT
Aug 22, 2012

Classic Jance, good story, good characters. Not as gripping as some of her efforts, but a worthy rad. If you haven't read her blog at jajance.com do so for good insights.

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lpreston214
Jul 29, 2012

Ali Reynolds takes a bit of a back seat in this one; at least until the end. The other characters are just as important in this book as the ?main? character which makes it a strong entry in the series I think. Sister Anselm and others take the lead and Ali gets involved a little later and finds herself on the wrong end of a gun at the end. As an added bonus, as the title indicates, some victims don't die! Good book but I had a little trouble keeping the characters straight.

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ckeegan9
Jun 12, 2012

Thrilling and fast-paced action packed read. Kept me interested from front to back. Great read and couldn't put it down. Interesting story line and I loved the way Jance introduced and tied her characters together. Brilliant story on her part. Looking forward to reading more of her titles. Great first selection from the Ali Reynolds series. Definitely recommend it to anyone!

confusedolivelion Jun 09, 2012

I really enjoy the Ali Reynold stories. I love the way the author interweaves all the characters together. I read this in two days.

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Mommies2
Mar 13, 2012

Very good read. First Ali Reynolds read, but will read her others. J.A. Jance ISA very down to earth writer.

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