Ali Reynolds doesn't go looking for trouble - but trouble comes looking for her when the battered, bloodstained body of Morgan Forester is discovered by her twin daughters. For the prime suspect, Morgan's husband, is the contractor Ali has hired to help re-design her home.
Bryan Forester swears he had nothing to do with the killing - but no one, including Ali's boyfriend, Homicide Detective Dave Holman, believes him. Was Morgan's death the result of a domestic dispute that turned violent - or is her murder part of something far more sinister? In her determination to prove Bryan's innocence, Ali finds she has unwittingly entered a deadly game of cyber hide-and-seek with a ruthless killer.
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In the fourth instalment of J. A. Jance’s Ali Reynolds series, the TV anchorwoman turned private investigator is called to defend the man who helped remodel her home when he’s accused of murdering his wife. Ali is soon pulled into a mystery involving betrayal, online romance and vicious murder. Jance demonstrates her talent for suspense in Cruel Intent: The prose is polished, the pace is perfect and the story is filled with breathtaking moments. Her characterisation of a cold and ruthless serial killer is particularly rattling.
As if remodeling an old mansion near picturesque Sedona, Ariz., isn't stress enough for Ali Reynolds, the plucky former TV newscaster must also deal with cybernetic lonely hearts, frustrated lust and murder in bestseller Jance's uneven fourth Ali Reynolds thriller (after Hand of Evil). After serial killer Peter Winter claims his fifth victim, who happens to be the unfaithful wife of Ali's contractor, Bryan Forester, homicide detective Dave Holman suspects Bryan did it. At considerable personal risk, Ali has to clear Bryan in order to get her house ready for Thanksgiving dinner with her gossipy, meddling mother, Edie; her son, Chris; Chris's amputee fianc e; sometime boyfriend Holman; and the rest of her cozily predictable entourage. A too conveniently noted license plate number and some unlikely Taser-wielding by Edie undermine credibility. Still, Jance's trademark breathless pace compensates for stale situations and shallow characterizations. Author tour.
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Cruel Intent by JA Jance