Dead Wrong by JA Jance, 362 pages
Juggling a family and a career is never easy-and it’s becoming a real challenge for Sheriff Joanna Brady. Coping with the impending delivery of her second child as well as a staff shortage, the last things Joanna needs are two serious crimes. First, the body of an unidentified man is found in the desert, all of his fingers savagely severed. Following the scant clues, Joanna learns that the victim was an ex-con who had served twenty years in prison after confessing to the murder of his pregnant wife. During his last days he was seen following and photographing a young woman. Then one of Joanna’s officers is brutally attacked and left for dead while on an unauthorized stakeout. Because the officer is one of its own, the department throws its resources into finding her attacker. But the murder haunts Joanna. Being a sheriff is no longer an empty position she wants to hold-somehow it has become what she is. Her job is to avenge man’s inhumanity toward man, and finding out who the victim was and why he is dead is what she has been summoned to do with her life. Strapping on a bulletproof vest, she’ll risk everything to see that justice is done.
Rattlesnake Crossing by JA Jance, 374 pages
The militia movement has invaded Arizona’s Cochise County. And, after a local gun dealer dies unnaturally and his stock of high-powered weapons is cleaned out, it’s up to Sheriff Joanna Brady to stem the ensuing tide of murder and mayhem.
Judgment Call by JA Jance, 387 pages
When her daughter, Jenny, stumbles across the dead body of her high school principal, Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady’s personal and professional worlds collide, putting her in the difficult middle ground between being an officer of the law and a mother. While investigating murders means discovering unpleasant facts, Joanna is not prepared for the knowledge she is about to uncover. Though she has 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. For Joanna, the line between justice and family has never been so blurred, and never so close.
Private Berlin by James Patterson, 429 pages
The Berlin office of the world’s most renowned investigation firm looks into the disappearance of an agent, Chris Schneider, whose last case involved an unfaithful billionaire, a cheating soccer player and a seedy nightclub owner.
Heart of a Killer by Jaci Burton, 407 pages
Before the Special Forces hero has even unpacked his bags from twelve years of active duty, he’s embroiled in murder – corpses bearing the brutal trademark he’s seen only once before – on the worst night of his life. The last time Detective Anna Pallino saw Dante Renaldi, they were in love. Now, he’s part of the connection to a string of fresh homicides and a horrible assault Anna only survived thanks to him. More than anything, Anna wants to trust Dante. But as the bodies and the coincidences stack up, Anna will have to decide, and fast: Is the man she owes her life to the very same one who wants her dead?