September 23, 2010

Review: Queen of the Night by J. A. Jance


The New York Times bestselling author brings back the Walker family in a multilayered thriller in which murders past and present connect the lives of three families 


Every summer, in an event that is commemorated throughout the Tohono O'odham Nation, the Queen of the Night flower blooms in the Arizona desert. But one couple's intended celebration is shattered by gunfire, the sole witness to the bloodshed a little girl who has lost the only family she's ever known. 

To her rescue come Dr. Lani Walker, who sees the trauma of her own childhood reflected in her young patient, and Dan Pardee, an Iraq war veteran and member of an unorthodox border patrol unit called the Shadow Wolves. Joined by Pima County homicide investigator Brian Fellows, they must keep the child safe while tracking down a ruthless killer. 

In a second case, retired homicide detective Brandon Walker is investigating the long unsolved murder of an Arizona State University coed. Now, after nearly half a century of silence, the one person who can shed light on that terrible incident is willing to talk. Meanwhile, Walker's wife, Diana Ladd, is reliving memories of a man whose death continues to haunt her. 

As these crimes threaten to tear apart three separate families, the stories and traditions of the Tohono O'odham people remain just beneath the surface of the desert, providing illumination to events of both self-sacrifice and unspeakable evil.

I liked this book a lot.  I couldn't believe how well I connected to the characters and because of that, I was able to finish this book in record time.  Queen of the Night is truly a thrilling reading experience.  You will be kept on the edge of your seat from front to back.  It's great!

HarperCollins Publishers
9780061239243
July 27, 2010
358 pages
$25.99 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free from HarperCollins.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.




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31 comments:

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  2. I love J.A. Jance and am looking forward to reading her latest book!

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  3. I love to read Jance's books. This sounds like another winner.

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  4. Your review hints of the many twists and turns the book will take.

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  5. This sounds like an intense book! Definitely my kinda thing! lol. :)

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  6. Sounds great. Thanks for the review.

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  7. I have read all of her other books, this one sounds just as good.

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  8. Sounds like a gripping page-turner to me!

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  9. I love to read Jance's books also. Her books are the best. sagil@comcast.net

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  10. Thanks for the review, this book sounds good.

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  11. Thanks for the review, this book sounds good.

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  12. Looks like an interesting read!
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  13. Oh baby, I love a good murder mystery. Thanks for having the giveaway and for the review.

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  14. Another book to put on my reading list, lol
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  15. This book sounds very good! Would love to win it!

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  16. This is the kind of book I really enjoy! I'm a big fan of murder mysteries!

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  17. I enjoy Jance's books, and expect this one will be good also.

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  18. sounds like a good book. Very intense ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

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  19. You know it's good when you finish in record time.

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  20. Looks good - thanks for the review and the chance to win! wgbc1446[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  21. I really enjoyed your review. This sounds like a great thriller, one I would love to read.

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  22. Sounds like an intense read...I love it!

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  23. This would be a book for my neighbor, Yolanda!

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  24. This sounds like the kind of mystery that keeps moving at an excellent pace. Would like to read this.

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  25. I love reading Jance's books. This looks like a must read for me.

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  26. Based on your review, this sounds like a good book!

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  27. sounds like a great beach read

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  28. love her books - this sounds great

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