Lire ebooks par: J. A. Jance

Lying in Wait
Or maybe he's a twin, and the two of us were separated at birth. Whatever the connection, we were on the same wavelength. I banged my way through the entire puzzle without a single hitch or hang-up. I finished it completely in twenty minutes flat--while I was eating breakfast. Only when I was in th... Puis...
Payment in Kind
Instead, I got stuck making phone calls, spending time talking with various lawenforcement authorities in Grant County, South Dakota. We needed to know something more than just a name about John David Madsen, aka Pete Kelsey. After my request for information had been passed around the sheriff’s off... Puis...
Injustice for All
I don’t know how, but I did. Maybe when you’re up against something you can do absolutely nothing about, sleep is Mother Nature’s balm for the insoluble problem. I slept, blissfully ignorant of what went on around me. Everyone told me about it. Later. Through the wonders of modem telecommunications... Puis...
Shoot, Don't Shoot
when the Search and Rescue dogs picked up a trail that led to a man-hole just off the railroad right-of-way. The manhole was labeled UTILITIES, with no specification as to what kind of utilities might be involved. Inside were conduit runs and circuit-breaker boxes—all of which proved to be dummies.... Puis...
Without Due Process
While I had been busy writing reports and taking a shower, he had been reading tear sheets from newspapers and magazines all over the country regarding the Seattle Police Department’s handling of the Ben Weston murders. To hear him tell it, most of the accounts were written by a bunch of bleeding-he... Puis...
Trial by Fire
Driving into the garage, she saw a dark-suited man with the look of a security guard standing near the garage elevator, watching everyone who came and went. For some reason, that made Ali feel better. When she exited the garage elevator in the lobby, she was relieved to see still another guard poste... Puis...
Outlaw Mountain
Every officer came to the meeting bringing his own particular piece of the puzzle. The problem was, in addition to business as usual, there were far too many puzzles and not nearly enough people. Frank Montoya, cut loose from Tombstone for the morning, came tapping on Joanna’s back-door entrance, t... Puis...
Web of Evil
Chris demanded. “If you hurt her, I swear I’ll—” “I said shut up and drive,” Jake repeated. “And I meant it.” Ali rubbed her bruised shoulder. It hurt, but not nearly as much as her bruised ego. How had she allowed this calamity to happen? It seemed to her that somehow, in a week full of disasters... Puis...
Fire and Ice
Mel and I flew down to Tucson late Monday afternoon. Jaime had managed to catch an earlier flight. His sister’s remains, transferred to a deep-blue casket, traveled in the cargo hold of that same aircraft. Mel and I sucked it up and flew commercial. Going to Disneyland was one thing, but I couldn’t... Puis...
Until Proven Guilty
During breakfast we had attempted to explain to Carstogi the importance of bringing Suzanne around. He wasn’t wild about seeing her. He still wanted us to take him to Brodie, but sober, he wasn’t quite as anxious for a confrontation as he had been the night before. No one answered our knock, althou... Puis...
Edge Of Evil
By nine o’clock, she was wide awake and back reading mail at cutlooseblog.com. Ms. Reynolds, An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Shame on you. David Not very original, Ali thought. He took that one straight off a bumper sticker. And she didn’t post it, either. Dear Ali, I don’t know yo... Puis...
A More Perfect Union
Kramer had called Watty, and Detective J. P. Beaumont was now officially part of the investigation into Logan Tyree's death. It was a big improvement over the other alternative of being flat-out fired. We took Kramer's car and drove to the Northwest Center on Armory Way. The receptionist summoned S... Puis...
Failure to Appear
Alex and I didn't. Instead, we accompanied Dinky Holloway and spent most of the early evening closeted in Ashland's surprisingly modern city hall along with Detective Gordon Fraymore. He listened to what Dinky had to say in total silence. When she finished, he used a handkerchief to preserve fingerp... Puis...
Breach of Duty
Our search was complicated by a maze of oneway streets that wound in and out under a series of raised trestles. The process was made more difficult by the fact that Everett's Summit Avenue was somehow missing from our map book. When we finally arrived at the correct storefront in a mostly industrial... Puis...
Exit Wounds
From where she was, though, the accident scene itself remained invisible. The sun had dipped behind the tall cliffs that topped the rugged Perilla Mountains, casting the whole area into shadow. Joanna parked her Civvie and then hurried to a spot where a shattered wall of Jersey barriers spilled down... Puis...
Partner In Crime
From the irate expression on the attorney’s face I doubted Burton Kimball would be nearly as tractable as Officer Rojas had been. “All right, Sheriff Brady,” Kimball snapped. “As you can see, we did what you said. We’re out of the house. Now how about telling us what this is about? If the white pow... Puis...
Skeleton Canyon
“I believe Ernie Carpenter or Jaime brought in another journal either last night or this morning,” she told Buddy Richards. “It’ll be one similar to the one I looked at yesterday. It’s part of the Aaron Meadows investigation.” “What about it?” Buddy asked. “I’d like to take a look at it.” Shaking... Puis...
Improbable Cause
The door was locked from the inside. He came to open it himself. Nick was an older man, somewhere in his late sixties I’d say, with a ruddy complexion and thinning gray hair. He was wearing a pair of bright blue coveralls with a greasy towel hanging from one back pocket. He opened the door, all rig... Puis...
Paradise Lost
Joanna saw him sitting stiffly on a folding chair in the back row of Norm Higgins’s funeral chapel. His navy sport coat, white shirt, and tie seemed totally at odds with his spiky purple hair, his braces, and his multi-ply pierced ears. Joanna smiled at him. He nodded briefly, but he left as soon as... Puis...
Hand of Evil
She had yet to make any of the cancer treatment calls she’d promised to make on Velma’s behalf, and she had yet to touch Arabella Ashcroft’s diary. With Crystal safely in her father’s keeping, a relieved Ali turned around and drove back down the mountain. It was early afternoon and almost time for... Puis...
Fatal Error
Simpson as she had ever been. When she started reading the High Noon material, the item on top had been a copy of the e-mail Brenda had sent to her on Friday that she had in turn passed along to B. She read through that. There was nothing at all that indicated anything out of the ordinary. It was l... Puis...
Devil's Claw
“What’s happening?” she asked. “Nothing much.” Frank shut the door and came on into the office, settling into one of the chairs. “I faxed what information we had on the Tom Ridder murder weapon to the Department of Public Safety firearms expert at the lab up in Tucson. I just now got off the phone... Puis...
Damage Control
Joanna couldn’t help thinking that if skeletal remains were all that was left of Wanda, there wouldn’t be much for her mother to see. “You may not be able to do that,” she warned instead. “Today is Sunday. There’s a good chance Dr. Winfield, our medical examiner, won’t be available.” But Lucinda w... Puis...
Name Withheld
Once there, I found my way to the Grove on Twelfth. Following Virginia Marks' directions, I parked beneath the building in a spot designated VISITOR. Then I locked the door to the Porsche and walked over to the elevator. There, almost on top of the elevator, sat the powder-blue Crown Victoria comple... Puis...
Rattlesnake Crossing
The sky overhead was deceptively blue as she walked across a grassy field. Far away, under a tree, stood a group of boys. "What are you doing?" she called to them. "What are you up to?" They didn't answer, but even without being told, Joanna somehow knew. They had captured a frog from a nearby strea... Puis...
Birds of Prey
Marc Alley came rushing in a few minutes later. He was flushed and out of breath.       “Did you hear what happened?” he asked, as Reynaldo passed him his linen napkin. “To Margaret, I mean?”       I played dumb. I guess I wanted to know how much M... Puis...
Partner In Crime
It was more than a momentary lapse. I remember crying like that when my mother died of breast cancer, and again when my first wife, Karen, succumbed to the disease, too. But Anne Corley had been gone for a very long time. I should have thought that by now the hurt of losing her would have been scab... Puis...
Deadly Stakes
Sasha Miller wanted to know. “You’ve been like on the moon for days.” A.J., who had been dozing with his head on the Camry’s headrest, opened his eyes and looked at his girlfriend of three months. After two mostly sleepless nights, the warmth of the sun-filled car had lulled him. His peanut-butter-... Puis...
Betrayal of Trust
I seem to remember that back in the old days we managed to get by without the constant use of cell phones, but I’m not sure how. “No,” she was saying. “As I told the officers on the scene, we had no idea there had been a fatality. We were there regarding another matter. If your officers want more i... Puis...
Kiss of the Bees
And all this happened in the hottest part of that year. For many weeks the Indians and the animals had looked at the sky, hoping to find one cloud that would show them that Chewagi O’othham—Cloud Man—was still alive. There was not a cloud. The water holes had been dry for a long time. The Desert P... Puis...
Left for Dead
“Going to get a haircut,” he told his secretary. “I’ll be in as soon as I can.” Sheriff Renteria didn’t need a haircut so much as he needed information. In the old days, crooks and cops had found common ground in churches. They may have been good guys and bad guys, but they were Catholic good guys... Puis...
Day of the Dead
The mother took very good care of her little one. She kept the baby with her all the time. Even when the woman went to work in the fields, she took her baby with her. She never left her in the care of someone else at home. The other babies of the village grew strong and fat and cried and pulled thi... Puis...
Minor in Possession
On this dark October night, with the river half a mile wide and flowing bank to bank, the division was much more serious than usual. As Shorty drove us down toward the town's single stoplight where two secondary highways intersect, it was clear there was some kind of major problem on the roadway. I... Puis...
Tombstone Courage
It was going to work. Holly would see him. The woman named Amy, who was Holly's therapist or nurse or whatever, had been genuinely helpful. That was something he had never anticipated. He had built her up in his mind, expecting her to be some kind of monster. Rather than throwing him out of the hous... Puis...
Cruel Intent
They’d had drinks and dinner afterward. When he’d come home, he had tumbled into bed fairly early—into bed but not into sleep. The whole time he’d been out golfing and buddying around, thoughts of Ali Reynolds had lingered in the background. Now he found himself tossing and turning and thinking abo... Puis...
Dead to Rights
Joanna was only too happy to accept what was offered. Eva Lou’s winter evening fare included a hearty bowl of navy bean soup and a thick slab of her prizewinning, skillet-baked corn bread. Naturally, Bucky Buckwalter’s death was one of the major topics of conversation, although Joanna tried to keep... Puis...
Justice Denied
I find that very refreshing. Yes, Harry I. Ball runs our unit, but Ross values the handpicked people he’s chosen as his investigators and he trusts them. He’s made it abundantly clear that we all have direct access to him whenever and wherever we deem it necessary. So it didn’t surprise me that the... Puis...
Hour of the Hunter
The blade had been honed to a razor sharp edge, which years of careful storage hadn't dulled- The knife was big enough to be deadly, but small enough to conceal in the brightly colored summer bag among his other purchases. Back in the Valiant, he drove to the Reardon Hotel off Fourth Avenue. He ha... Puis...
Queen of the Night
71º Fahrenheit Armed with the licensing information, it didn’t take long for Records to come up with Jonathan Southard’s silver Dodge Grand Caravan minivan and an address in Thousand Oaks, California. Mildred Harrison had called it gray, but the DMV said silver. “Can you get me a phone number on th... Puis...
Taking the Fifth
Something was eating at me, nagging away at the back of my mind. I was so lost in thought that when I saw the familiar face across the crowded lobby of the Public Safety Building, I didn’t move quickly enough to duck out of sight. The face belonged to none other than my old nemesis, Maxwell Cole.... Puis...
Fire and Ice
He was carrying a tray with three cups and one of those French press coffeepots where you have to lower a screened plunger through the hot water and squeeze the coffee grounds at the bottom of the pot. I prefer Mr. Coffee any day. “Oh, no,” he said. “Not Planning and Zoning again. It’s a very long... Puis...
Dismissed With Prejudice
We chewed on leftover hunks of ice in Styrofoam cups and brought each other up to date on what had been happening at opposite ends of the state. "Did you ever talk to the people from the shredder company? I asked. "Not yet. They were out of town yesterday when I stopped by on my way home. I though... Puis...
Dead Wrong
It was wonderful to have their lives back again. By now the in-laws from hell should be past the New Mexico border and well into Texas. As she walked out to the garage, Butch was happily hauling his laptop out of its in-office exile and back onto the kitchen table, where he preferred to work. And,... Puis...
Trial by Fury
"Get away, Max. You'll scratch the paint," I told him. He didn't move. "Hey, there, J. P. How's it going?" "Get out of the way. I don't have time to screw around with you." Bodily, I shoved him aside far enough so I could put my key in the lock. "I'll bet it is Peters, isn't it? That's the rumor,... Puis...
Long Time Gone
Suddenly I had a legitimate suspect—someone who had been involved in the aftermath of Mimi Marchbank’s murder back in 1950. Considering the part Tom Landreth had played in the cover-up, it seemed reasonable to assume that he might have some compelling motive for keeping the names of the real perpetr... Puis...
Desert Heat
She was amazed by the intensity of the anger she felt toward her mother. She wanted to go back out into the kitchen and scream at Eleanor to get down off the damn ladder and leave her kitchen the hell alone. But that had never been her way where Eleanor was concerned. Instead, following her father’s... Puis...
Judgment Call
The idea is to be there, to act as though you’re fully prepared to tell all, while at the same time divulging as little as possible. A certain amount of earnestness was always helpful. During the conference a few nuggets of information would be parceled out, but only enough to leave the attendees wa... Puis...