Saturday, January 25, 2014

Review: Moving Target: A Novel (Ali Reynolds #9) by J.A. Jance

  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (Feb. 18 2014)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DPM7TW2

Book  Description

In this high-stakes thriller from New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance, Ali Reynolds spans continents to solve a cold case murder and to figure out who wants a young juvenile offender dead.

Lance Tucker, an incarcerated juvenile offender and talented hacker in his own right, is set on fire one night and severely burned while hanging Christmas decorations in a lockup rec room. B. Simpson, Ali Reynolds's fiancé and the man who helped put Lance in jail, feels obliged to get to the bottom of what happened. With Ali off in England to help Leland Brooks at a reunion with his long-estranged family, B. turns to someone else to help out: Ali's good friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm.

Meanwhile, in Bournemouth, Leland's hometown, Ali begins to investigate the decades-old murder of Leland's father, which Leland himself was once suspected of committing. With unsolved murders on both sides of the Atlantic, Ali, B., and Sister Anselm are united by their search for answers and the jeopardy they get into as a result.

From the author praised for her "inimitable, take-no-prisoners style" (Kirkus Reviews), Moving Target sends Ali on a trans-Atlantic adventure and straight into the path of a deadly killer.

About the Author

 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.

My Review

The Ali Reynolds series was the first of J.A. Jance's wonderful mystery series that I discovered. I have enjoyed every book in the series, and Moving Target is an excellent addition.

There are two stories going on in this book. Ali and Leland head to England to visit with Leland's relatives that he has not seen in decades where they discover family treachery and a possible murder in the past. And back in the US, Ali's fiance B is worried about a young hacker in a youth detention center who has been beaten and set afire and is fighting for his life. The young hacker, Lance, is a computer mastermind who has made a discovery that many would kill to control. B feels responsible for Lance's incarceration and wants to help in any way he can so with Ali out of the country, Sister Anselm is on the job protecting the young man from further harm.

 I found Moving Target to be an engrossing read which I could not put down.  Both stories were interesting and intriguing to follow. I loved the way all the stories were wrapped up in the conclusion.  J.A. Jance is an excellent writer and storyteller. Every book that I have read of hers are enjoyable. Be sure to pick up a copy of Moving Target on February 18th.

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