In this heart-pounding and sharply written thriller from J.A. Jance, the “grand master of the genre” (The Providence Journal), Ali Reynolds’s personal life is thrown into turmoil just as two men show up on the scene—a former employee of her husband’s who has just been released from prison and a serial killer who sets his sights a little too close to home.
Mateo Vega, a one-time employee of Ali Reynold’s husband, B. Simpson, has spent the last sixteen years of his life behind bars. According to the courts, he murdered his girlfriend. But Mateo knows that her real killer is still on the loose, and the first thing he’s going to do when he gets a taste of freedom is track him down.
After being granted parole, a wary Mateo approaches Stu Ramey of High Noon Enterprises for a reference letter for a job application, but to his surprise, Stu gives him one better: He asks him to come on board and work for B. once again. Just as Mateo starts his new job, though, chaos breaks out at High Noon—a deadbeat tenant who is in arrears has just fled, and tech expert Cami Lee has gone missing.
As Ali races to both find a connection between the two disappearances and help Mateo clear his name with the help of PI J.P. Beaumont, tragedy strikes in her personal life, and with lives hanging in the balance, she must thread the needle between good and evil before it’s too late.
J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, and the Joanna Brady series, as well as five Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Born in South Dakota and raised in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. Visit her online at JAJance.com.
"J.A. Jance fans will be delighted with this addition to the Ali Reynolds series, narrated by Karen Ziemba. When a former employee of her husband begins work at her company after his release from prison, Ali immediately presses him into service because her tech guru, Cami, has disappeared. The story is enhanced by Ziemba's gift for subtly differentiating secondary characters. She provides a slight accent for Mateo, the Hispanic newbie, and projects the shy confidence of Stuart, the socially challenged tech genius. Ziemba injects an eerie, almost-human tone into the voice of Frigg, the AI at the center of the cybersecurity firm. When a serial killer appears to have struck close to home, Ziemba's crisp pacing enhances the quick turn of events."