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Judgment Call

Sheriff Brady is on the job

July 25, 2012
By REGINA M. ANGELI - Books Writer , The Daily News

Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady is back investigating murders in the Arizona desert with J.A. Jance's latest novel, "Judgment Call." (William Morrow, 387 pages)

While riding her horse, Joanna Brady's daughter, Jenny, finds the body of

her principal, Debra Highsmith.

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In a lapse of judgment, Jenny posts a picture of the crime scene on Facebook to her friend. This indiscretion leaves Sheriff Brady torn between protecting her daughter and her duty as a law officer.

As the investigation into the death of the principal proceeds, Sheriff Brady and her team are plagued with the difficulty of trying to find the victim's next of kin.

When they discover that the victim had assumed a false identity, the Cochise County Sheriff's Department is faced with the task of trying to solve the murder of someone who was trying to live anonymously. Was the principal in the witness protection program as her high school secretary suggested?

While trying to solve one of her most difficult cases, Joanna uncovers the truth concerning the fateful hit-and-run accident that killed her father, Sheriff D.H. Lathrop. Faced with another judgment call, she decides it is high time that the person responsible for her father's death be brought to justice.

J. A. Jance's Sheriff Brady is a square shooter - possessing an unfailing sense of justice tempered with common sense and compassion.

The J.A. Jance reader will like the latest Sheriff Brady novel, "Judgment Call."



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