Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont is working a series of murders in which six young women have been wrapped in tarps, doused with gasoline, and set on fire. Their charred remains have been scattered around various dump sites, creating a grisly pattern of death across western Washington.
At the same time, thousands of miles away in the Arizona desert, Cochise County sheriff Joanna Brady is looking into a homicide in which the elderly caretaker of an ATV park was run over and left to die. All the man has left behind is his dog, who is the improbable witness to some kind of turf warfare—or possibly something more sinister.
Then a breakthrough in Beaumont's case leads him directly to the Southwest and into Brady's jurisdiction. When the two met on a joint investigation years earlier, sparks flew. Under different circumstances, both of them admit, even more could have happened.
But here, as the threads of their two seemingly separate cases wind together, Beaumont and Brady must put aside echoes of their shared past as they are once again drawn into an orbit of deception. Except this time it's not just their own lives that are in danger but those of the people closest to them as well.
Bestseller Jance brings together her two most popular characters, Seattle homicide investigator J.P. Beaumont and Cochise County, Ariz., sheriff Joanna Brady, for a gripping tale that's easily one of her best. While their first dual outing, 2002's Partner in Crime, stagnated with clich d professional and sexual tension, this time the combination excels with a focus on parallel investigations that naturally and chillingly intersect. In Seattle, Beaumont looks into the burned bodies of six unidentified women. In Arizona, Brady handles the murder of an ATV park caretaker. Beaumont and Brady pool their information when a murdered woman links back to the missing sister of Jaime Carbajal, one of Brady's detectives. While Brady stays in Arizona, Carbajal's arrival in Washington sets off a chain of events with fatal consequences. Brady's side investigation of a substandard nursing home adds punch. 10-city author tour.
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A great read. I'm not a fan of crossovers when it comes to books but this worked out well. There really isn't a whole lot of interaction between the two main characters, which was fine by me. There were no mistakes and the e-book version here was great, earlier technical complaints have been fixed. The story was great, but my only complaint was that there was no real climax. There was no big wrap. Not a cliffhanger, but ended too suddenly, leaving me wanting more. Either way, definitely suggest it to a j.a. Jance reader. If you're new to the series, this is not the place to start.
Fire and Ice
I too found the lack of proof reading to be a pain. I wish I could get my money back so I could buy the paper back version instead. Don't waste your money on the digital version there is a mistake on almost ever page. I am very disappointed in the quality of this book.
A technical complaint...
I'm a big fan of both the J. P. Beaumont, and Joanna Brady series, and they are reunited again in this novel. However, my review and rating of the storyline will come once I finish the book. This comment is an emphatic complaint about the lack of proofreading done in this eBook. There is rarely a page that doesn't run at least two words together and I find this inexcusable, as well as irritating, especially since I paid for this book! I wish I could get my money back. Then I'd go to a bookstore and get the real book.