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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dance of the Bones by J.A. Jance - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review

Dance of the Bones (429x648)About The Book:

 Hardcover: 368 pages
 Publisher: William Morrow (September 8, 2015)
J. P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker, two of New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance's most acclaimed series characters, join forces for the first time in one of the most suspenseful works of her career

Prospector Amos Warren and Big Bad John Lassiter, his young protégé, were as close as father and son until a violent argument tore them apart. The next day, Amos disappeared, never to be seen again. Years later, his bones were found in the desert. All signs pointed to John Lassiter, and Detective Brandon Walker made the arrest in the case.

Now, more than four decades later, the retired Walker is called in when TLC—The Last Chance, a group of retired cops, criminalists, medical examiners, and district attorneys who devote their time and experience to solving stone-cold homicide cases—looks into the killing. Lassiter can get out of jail now for time served if he'll plead guilty to a lesser charge, but he refuses to cop to a crime he didn't commit. Lassiter's daughter, Amanda Wasser, wants Brandon and TLC to find Amos's "real" killer and clear her father's name.

Brandon Walker's search to find the truth about Amos's killer eventually leads sixteen hundred miles north to Seattle, to an unsolved murder that could be connected to the case. Thanks to a mutual friend, Brandon gets in touch with crack investigator J. P. Beaumont. With the Special Homicide Investigation Team disbanded and his wife away at a conference, the retired Beau has plenty of free time to help, even though he's skeptical about Lassiter's claims of innocence.

J. P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker's meeting proves all too crucial, for soon these seasoned detectives must pool their personal and professional expertise when someone close to Brandon falls into the hands of a cold-blooded killer involved in a recent multiple homicide—who may also hold the key to the cold case.
Moving between the hot, empty desert of Pima County and Seattle's rainy cityscape, Dance of the Bones combines Native American lore and modern suspense, and brings together two law enforcement legends in an exciting thriller that adds intriguing depth to two of J. A. Jance's beloved leading characters.
My Thoughts:
 "Dance of the Bones" is J.A. Jance's 22nd novel, and in it she brings two of her fan favorite characters, J.P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker, together in a roller-coaster ride of a suspense story!  The action moves between the Arizona desert to the rainy climate of Seattle, and Jance keeps the plot lively and the suspense at an all-time high. I did enjoy the aspects of Indian lore that Jance includes in the story, and she caught the flavor of the native culture very accurately.

Fans of criminal suspense with a full cast of quirky characters and an intriguing mystery will love this latest offering from one of Suspense Fiction's best writers. While this book is number 22, first time readers will be able to have an enjoyable reading experience and will probably cause them to seek out more of Jance's brilliant novels.

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About J.A. Jance

J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and five interrelated thrillers about the Walker family, as well as a volume of poetry. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.
Find out more about Jance at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and to William Morrow Books for providing the review copy.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I always appreciate it when a book can be read as a standalone, particularly in a long series like this one.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!