Judgment Call: A Brady Novel of Suspense
New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance brings back acclaimed sheriff Joanna Brady in an exciting and twisting mystery set against the beauty and isolation of the Arizona desert Judgment Call When Joanna Brady's daughter, Jenny, stumbles across the body of her high school principal,... show more
New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance brings back acclaimed sheriff Joanna Brady in an exciting and twisting mystery set against the beauty and isolation of the Arizona desert Judgment Call When Joanna Brady's daughter, Jenny, stumbles across the body of her high school principal, Debra Highsmith, in the desert, the Cochise County sheriff's personal and professional worlds collide, forcing her to tread the difficult middle ground between being an officer of the law and a mother. While investigating murders has always meant discovering unpleasant facts and disquieting truths, the experienced Joanna isn't prepared for the knowledge she's about to uncover. Though she's tried to protect her children from the dangers of the grown-up world, the search for justice leads straight to her own door and forces her to face the possibility that her beloved daughter may be less perfect than she seems—especially when a photo from the crime scene ends up on Facebook. A photo only one person close to the crime scene could have taken. The gruesome picture is just the tip of the iceberg. Even a small, close-knit town like Bisbee has its secrets. Navigating her way through the unfamiliar world of social media, Joanna discovers shocking—and incriminating—information. The details build, from a hushed-up suspension, to a group of teenagers with a grudge against the late Ms. Highsmith, to a hateful video calling for the principal's death. The video evidence points to one particular privileged boy, who's already lawyered up thanks to his father, a well-to-do doctor determined to protect his son's reputation. Yet the deeper Joanna digs, the more complications she uncovers. It seems the quiet, upstanding principal had a hidden past, full of mysterious secrets she'd successfully kept buried for years. As the seasoned sheriff juggles professional constraints and personal demands—budget cuts, new team members, an arrogant coroner, a confused teenager, a precocious toddler, and a high-maintenance mother—she finds herself walking a fine line between justice and family that has never been so blurred.
Publish date: July 24th 2012
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
Series: Joanna Brady (#15)
*Genre* Mystery, Suspense*Rating* 3.0*First Thoughts* For the first time since 2009, J A Jance returns to Bisbee, Arizona, and Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady with the release of Judgment Call. Sheriff Brady is put in a semi difficult position when her 15 year old daughter Jenny discovers the b...
Expected publication: July 24th 2012 by Harperluxe
Was four stars through three-quarters but finally some (to some maybe inconsequential) mistakes bothered me enough--like what antidepressants actually do--that I just couldn't do it. Certainly it is a high 3 stars. The fact that the motivation(s)of the numerous "bad guys" were simply not reasonabl...