By J. A. Jance
(Touchstone Books, Hardcover, 9781476745008, 340pp.)
Publication Date: February 18, 2014
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EVEN GHOSTS CAN'T HIDE FOREVER.
Lance Tucker, an incarcerated juvenile offender doing time for expertly hacking into the San Leandro School District's computer system, is set on fire and severely burned one night while hanging Christmas decorations in a lockup rec room. The police say that he did it to himself, but B. Simpson, Ali Reynolds's fiance and the man who helped put Lance in jail, feels obligated to get to the bottom of what really happened.
Lance is famous in the hacker world for developing GHOST, computer software that allows users to surf any part of the web completely undetected. And that kind of digital camouflage is seductive to criminal minds who will stop at nothing to get their hands on this revolutionary--and dangerous--technology.
Meanwhile, in England, Ali investigates the decades-old murder of Leland Brooks's father, which Leland himself was once suspected of committing. With Ali otherwise occupied and Lance receiving cryptic threats in the hospital, B. turns to Sister Anselm--a Taser-carrying nun and Ali's close friend--for help protecting the boy. With unsolved crimes on both sides of the Atlantic, Ali, B., and Sister Anselm are united by their search for answers--though being thousands of miles away may not be far enough to keep Ali from being drawn into the deadly line of fire.
From the "New York Times" bestselling author hailed for her "inimitable, take-no-prisoners style" ("Kirkus Reviews"), "Moving Target" sends Ali on a transatlantic adventure and straight into the path of a ruthless killer.
J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, as well as four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Born in South Dakota, and brought up in Brisbee, Arizona, Jance and her husband live in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.
"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."
"Prolific Jance . . . [carries] readers swiftly to an unexpected conclusion."
“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!"
“Fast pacing, multiple plotlines, a fascinating look at online research, and sympathetic characters all provide appeal in Jance’s suspenseful story.”
“Series fans will welcome the familiar supporting cast, including computer nerd Stuart Ramey and boyfriend B. Simpson.”