Desert Heat: A Joanna Brady Mystery by J. A. Jance

By J. A. Jance

A Joanne Brady mysteryAndy Brady was once an exceptional husband and candidate for Sheriff - till a bullet destroyed his destiny. Now the police are claiming he used to be a maverick whose involvement in drug-running drove him to suicide. yet Andy's spouse, Joanna, understands a cover-up whenshe sees one, and her obsessive hunt for a killer threatens to put either her and her daughter in jeopardy.

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Barely. At least they’ve got his heart beating again. ” Joanna didn’t know she had been holding her breath until she let it out. “Thank God,” she murmured. With a grateful sigh she took a first tentative sip of coffee, letting the hot liquid warm her chilled body from inside out. She drank with-out ever taking her eyes off the path that emerged from the wash just at the end of the bridge abutment. “I can’t believe it,” Ken Galloway was saying, although Joanna was paying little attention. “I saw him right around five when he got off shift.

Something may go wrong with your car. In this heat, who knows what will happen? Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to find your way back to the road. ” In the searing noontime heat, they took Lefty’s Samurai and drove slowly through the little gringo retirement enclave outside Guaymas. It was high noon, siesta time, and none of Lefty’s friends or neighbors were anywhere in evidence. The Samurai traveled north through the barren Mexican desert. Thirty miles from town, where the narrow ribbon of cracked blacktop seemed to melt into the mist of a road-eating mirage, they turned off the pavement into trackless, powdery sand.

Typed on it were the words he was expected to copy. He glanced back at Vargas who was lighting yet another cigarette although the cramped room was already thick with a haze of smoke. ” Lefty asked tentatively. He had hoped they wouldn’t find him in this godforsaken corner of Mexico, but now that they had, he knew he was a dead man. Still, it didn’t hurt to try. Never give up, right? Never say die. It was funny that he could make jokes with himself about it even then, but Tony Vargas wasn’t laughing.

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