Hand of Evil

Hand of Evil

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Baker & Taylor
Struggling with the fallout of a failed marriage and halted career, former L.A. news anchorwoman Ali Reynolds finds her tenacious new life in her Arizona hometown threatened by the murder of a real estate tycoon, a case that places her at a crossroads between old loyalties and new friendships. 200,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
With his hand trapped in the door of a speeding car, a man struggles to remain upright as he's dragged along a deserted stretch of San Juan Road in Phoenix's South Mountain Preserve. It's the perfect place to drive a man to his grave - literally. Starting with a crime so gruesome even prowling coyotes keep their distance from the remains, a killer begins crisscrossing the Southwest on a spree of grisly murders.
A hundred miles away, Ali Reynolds is grieving. The newscasting job she once delighted in is gone and so is the philandering husband she loved and thought she knew. When a member of the family who gave Ali a generous scholarship for her education decades earlier suddenly asks her for a meeting, Ali wonder what it can mean. Before she can satisfy her curiosity, though, Ali receives another startling call: a friend's teenage daughter has disappeared. Ali offers to help, but in doing so, she unknowingly begins a quest that will reveal a deadly ring of secrets, at the center of which stand two undiscriminating killers.

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& Taylor

Struggling with the fallout of a failed marriage and halted career, former L.A. news anchorwoman Ali Reynolds finds her tenacious new life in her Arizona hometown threatened by the murder of a real estate tycoon.

Simon and Schuster
With his hand trapped in the door of a speeding car, a man struggles to remain upright as he's dragged along a deserted stretch of San Juan Road in Phoenix's South Mountain Preserve. It's the perfect place to drive a man to his grave -- literally. Starting with a crime so gruesome even prowling coyotes keep their distance from the remains, a killer begins crisscrossing the Southwest on a spree of grisly murders.

A hundred miles away, Ali Reynolds is grieving. The newscasting job she once delighted in is gone and so is the philandering husband she loved and thought she knew. When a member of the family who gave Ali a generous scholarship for her education decades earlier suddenly asks her for a meeting, Ali wonders what it can mean. Before she can satisfy her curiosity, though, Ali receives another startling call: a friend's teenage daughter has disappeared. Ali offers to help, but in doing so, she unknowingly begins a quest that will reveal a deadly ring of secrets, at the center of which stand two undiscriminating killers....

Hand of Evil is Jance at her best, weaving a masterful story of suspense that travels over generations, revealing two very different women with the same horrifying secret. Will Ali become a victim herself, or will she escape from a deadly deceit that no amount of security -- financial or emotional -- can cover up?

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2007
ISBN: 9781416537533
Branch Call Number: FIC Jance
Characteristics: 368 p.

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rahmmie
Aug 27, 2015

I didn't like this book very much. I mostly like Jance's work but this one seemed to push the boundaries of credibility too much and the plot was too thin and jumped all over the place

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bridge1
Mar 19, 2014

A good story with an interesting lead character. Try to read them in order as Jance builds on each one.

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bbbg
May 13, 2010

couldn't handle the darkness

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