by Theodore Feit
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Mixing Indian legend with old-fashioned sleuthing, J.A. Jance connects a long-time favorite character, retired detective J.P. Beaumont, with a recently introduced protagonist, retired Sheriff Brandon Walker. The two, 1,500 miles apart, work to identify the culprit. Beaumont has now appeared in 24 novels, and Walker makes his fourth appearance.
It all begins with the murder of Amos Walker, whose remains in the Arizona desert were not discovered for some years. On purely a circumstantial case, his partner, Big John Lassiter, is convicted and sentenced to life without a chance of parole. Now, 30 years later, as a result of efforts by an organization that seeks to rectify wrongful past convictions, he is offered a deal: release on pleading guilty to a lesser charge for time served. He refuses to plead guilty to a crime he didn’t commit, so it remains for the dynamic duo to substantiate his claim.
This is a suspenseful story, supplemented by Indian lore and well-drawn characterizations. Written crisply, the plot develops swiftly, continually propelling the reader forward. While there is never any doubt as to who the culprit is, it’s a race against time before a conclusion can be reached. And it is an exciting end.
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