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Title:
Day of the Dead
ISBN:
9780688138233

9780061945373
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : William Morrow, [2004]
Physical Description:
370 pages ; 24 cm.
Number in series:
3
General Note:
Series information taken from Goodreads.com.
Summary:
For more than thirty years, the case has remained stone cold- the brutal murder of a local Papago girl, her butchered body found stuffed into a large cooler that was left on the side of Highway 86. No one has ever paid for the horrific crime ... except, that is, the victim's loved ones, who suffer to this day.
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Summary

For more than thirty years, the case has remained stone cold -- the brutal murder of a local Papago girl, her butchered body found stuffed into a large cooler that was left on the side of Highway 86. No one ever paid for the horrific crime ... except, that is, the victim's loved ones, who suffer to this day.

Brandon Walker, once the sheriff of Pima County, Arizona, no longer feels he has purpose. A reluctant retiree living in the long shadow of his wife, Diana Ladd, a successful author of true-crime books, he is bored with golf, and more so with life. Salvation, though, comes with an invitation to join the ranks of The Last Chance, an exclusive nationwide fraternity of former cops and forensic experts who look into unsolved murders that have baffled local law enforcement agencies. And one such case is staring Brandon in the face with cold, dead, entreating eyes -- a murder investigation that may have been mishandled by his department when he was a young lawman.

The trail of a sadistic, calculating, and blood-chillinglyefficient killer soon leads Brandon into a strange world at the unlikely border between forensic science and tribal mysticism: a place where evil hides behind a perfect facade. Now the seeds of terror sown three decades earlier have bloomed and are bearing awful fruit. A forgotten homicide in the Arizona desert is only the beginning of the nightmare that is about to ensnare a diligent ex-cop and his family, for Brandon Walker is the only one still alive who can unravel a blood knot of terror and obsession that will free a dark truth more frightening than he ever imagined.

A novel that bristles with electrifying intensity and is alive with the breathtaking atmosphere and rich characterizations that have become J. A. Jance trademarks, Day of the Dead is a gripping and extraordinary journey into the darkness -- a welcome return to the shadow world of the sensational New York Times bestseller Kiss of the Bees -- and the author's most spellbinding and powerfully resonant thriller to date.


Author Notes

Judith Ann (J. A.) Jance was born in Watertown, South Dakota on October 27, 1944. She received a degree in English and secondary education in 1966 and a M. Ed. in library science in 1970 from the University of Arizona. Before becoming an author, she taught high school English, worked as a school librarian on a Native American reservation, and sold insurance.

She is the author of many popular mystery series including the J. P. Beaumont Mystery series, Joanna Brady Mystery series, and the Ali Reynolds series. She won the American Mystery Award for Without Due Process in 1992 and for Failure to Appear in 1993. Both of these titles are books in the J. P. Beaumont Mystery series. In 2014, her fiction book, A Last Goodbye, made the New York Times bestseller list.

Random Acts, a title in A Joanna Brady and Ali Reynolds Novella Series, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

Jance's third suspense thriller to feature ex-sheriff Brandon Walker and his family (after Hour of the Hunter and Kiss of the Bees) deftly mixes Native American mythology with a harrowing plot. An old Tohono O'odham woman, Emma Orozco, asks Walker for help in solving the brutal murder of her daughter, Roseanne, who was slain in 1970. Walker is able to take on the challenge because of his membership in TLC, The Last Chance, a privately funded agency that looks into old, unsolved crimes. This ingenious arrangement allows for great flexibility in the action of the story. As Walker searches for clues in Roseanne's death, he comes across similar murders each with no leads, each involving a dismembered body left alongside a road in the Southwest. The reader learns more and more about the killers, the sexually voracious, utterly amoral Gayle Stryker and her husband, Larry, a truly effective pair of monsters. Meanwhile, Walker's dear friend Fat Crack Ortiz, a Tohono O'odham man, is dying of complications from diabetes. Most of Walker's friends, in fact, are Indians, as is his adopted daughter, Lani. He draws not so much knowledge as strength and perspective from them no mumbo-jumbo here, only believable sensitivity. Agent, Alice Volpe. (One-day laydown July 20) Forecast: Backed by a 15-city author tour concentrated in the Southwest, this one should hit national bestseller lists. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Kirkus Review

Jance macabre. They're serial killers, sadistic and repellent. Well, he is; she's more your standard cross-me-and-I'll-snuff-you type. Presenting Dr. Lawrence and Gayle (think Messalina) Stryker, honorees at the Tucson "Man and Woman of the Year" banquet when we first meet them. Attractive, philanthropic pillars of the community, for over a quarter-century they've been decorating a secret room in the Stryker manse with teenage girls hustled over from Mexico to satisfy the Krafft-Ebing tastes of the dissembling doctor. He performs; she enjoys. Across town, retired sheriff Brandon Walker, making his third appearance, is bored beyond measure. His wife Diana keeps writing those Pulitzer Prize-winning books, leaving him to contemplate his navel. Then suddenly he's contacted by the Last Chance, a volunteer organization dedicated to solving cold cases. Three decades ago, a young Hispanic female was murdered, mutilated, and stuffed piecemeal into a Coleman Cooler. Is Brandon interested? Does a drowning man crave a lifeline? A coincidence here, a lucky break there--easy on the ratiocination--and soon enough Brandon discovers what Dr. and Mrs. Monster have been up to. Then he almost wishes he hadn't. Despite the grisly patina, this is a neat fit for the Jance formula (Partner in Crime, 2002, etc.), her signature blend of mystery-lite and soap-opera heavy. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Resting both her regular series sleuths, Joanna Brady and J. P. Beaumont, this latest Jance mystery returns to Arizona's Tohono O'Odham reservation, also the setting for two earlier nonseries novels, Hour of the Hunter 0 (1991) and Kiss of the Bees0 (2000). Retired cop Brandon Walker sets out to investigate a cold case, the mutilation murder of a 15-year-old Tohono O'Odham girl. Suspense builds gradually in the multilayered novel, which is filtered through multiple perspectives, each person adding a piece to a textured puzzle that tracks a pair of serial killers whose crimes extend backward across three decades. As in Jance's two series, the action is intermixed with well-placed social commentary, this time regarding the unconscionable ill use of reservation peoples by vicious mil-ghan0 (whites), even in the recent past. Although the Indian cultural backdrop is not as integral to the story as it is in Hillerman's novels, this will still appeal to Hillerman devotees as well as to thriller fans accustomed to a sheen of blood spatter and sex with their suspense. --Stephanie Zvirin Copyright 2004 Booklist


Library Journal Review

This is the third entry in Jance's series featuring Tucson-based author Diana Ladd; her former-sheriff husband, Brandon Walker; their adopted Papago Indian daughter, Lani; and a large and confusing cast of extended family and friends. Brandon is asked to solve a 30-year-old case involving a dismembered woman, while his son, a detective, works on a contemporary case that is eerily similar. Through flashbacks, we learn early on that the killer is a long-time acquaintance of Diana and Brandon; the suspense builds as the two cases merge, the clues mount, and we wonder if the killer will be discovered before striking again or disappearing forever. In the earlier books (Hour of the Hunter; Kiss of the Bees), this family experienced an incredible string of brutal events, including stalking, torture, and murder, and the brutality continues here. Jance attempts to deepen the story through the use of Papago mysticism and a rich sense of the Arizona landscape, but readers of her J.P. Beaumont or Joanna Brady series will be surprised at the graphic sexual violence. Purchase where the author is popular. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/04.]-Ann Forister, Roseville P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.