Touchstone Books, Hardcover, 9781451628685, 290pp.
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
In "Deadly Stakes," police academy-trained former reporter Ali Reynolds is contacted to investigate the grisly murder of a gold-digging divorcee on behalf of a woman accused of the crime. Lynn Martinson is dating the dead woman's ex-husband, and she and her boyfriend Chip Ralston have been charged.
Ali is simultaneously drawn to the case of A.J. Sanders, a frightened teen with secrets of his own. He's the first to find the body in the Camp Verde desert when he goes to retrieve a mysterious buried box hidden by his absent father a box that turns out to be filled with hundreds of thousands of dollars in poker chips.
When the body of an ex-con is discovered near the first crime scene, Ali struggles to determine if A.J. and Lynn's cases are related. Though her friends in the police department grow increasingly irritated by her involvement with the cases, Ali must stop a deadly killer from claiming another victim before she herself is lost in this game of deadly stakes.
"Jance delivers a devilish page-turner."
"Heart-stopping...Jance deftly brings the desert, people, and towns of southeastern Arizona to life."
"An intriguing plot, colorful characters."
"Characters so real you want to reach out and hug--or strangle--them. Her dialogue always rings true."
"J.A. Jance is addictive because of moments that just rise up and make things so real you'll swear you are a part of the book...Jance will charm you into reading everything by her you can find."
“Engaging. . . Ali charms the locals into giving valuable if inadvertent clues.”
"Entertaining on all counts."
“Loyal fans and newcomers alike will be glad to join feisty Ali in her latest adventure.”
“A truly thrilling case with red herrings, characters coming out of the woodwork, back stories that will make you gasp, and a conclusion that you will not see coming!”