In this timely “devilish page-turner” (People) from New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance, Ali Reynolds learns that no good deed goes unpunished.
More than ten years after the sudden end of her high-profile broadcasting career, Ali Reynolds has made a good life for herself in her hometown of Sedona, Arizona. She has a new house, a new husband, and a flourishing cybersecurity company where her team of veritable technological wizards hunts down criminals one case at a time.
But the death of an old friend brings Ali back to the last story she ever reported: a feel-good human interest piece about a young man in need of a kidney to save his life, which quickly spiraled into a medical mismanagement scandal that landed a prestigious local doctor in prison for murder.
Years may have passed, but Dr. Edward Gilchrist has not forgotten those responsible for his downfall—especially not Ali Reynolds, who exposed his dirty deeds to the world. Life without parole won’t stop him from getting his revenge. Tattooed on his arm are the initials of those who put him behind bars, and he won’t stop until every person on that Annihilation List is dead.
In this gripping suspense novel from “one of the finest practitioners of the suspenseful thriller” (The Strand Magazine), Ali Reynolds and her team race against the clock to stop this ruthless killer—before her own name is crossed out for good.
Bestseller Jance's disjointed 14th Ali Reynolds mystery (after 2018's Duel to the Death) centers on the efforts of Edward Gilchrist, a disgraced California fertility doctor, to take revenge on former L.A. newscaster Ali, now the owner of a cybersecurity company in Arizona, and four others for uncovering evidence of his treating infertility with his own sperm instead of that of donors. In 2013, Gilchrist enters Folsom Prison to serve a life sentence without parole for arranging to have his wife killed before she could testify against him. With the help of a prison kingpin and the financial support of his wealthy, conniving mother, he starts to work through his so-called Annihilation List. The subsequent string of murders comes to the attention of Ali and her cybersecurity team only after a friend of hers is killed. Ali must stop Gilchrist before she becomes his next victim. Jance misses no opportunity to pad the scattered narrative with exposition, and never takes a moment to develop any emotional depth. Readers who don't mind cartoonish characters and melodramatic action will be satisfied.
Not a mystery
This book was hardly a thriller, and definitely not a mystery, so don't expect much excitement. Good book before bed time when need help going to sleep.