Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. J.A. Jance has created some very successful series, and is well regarded, both commercially and critically. It’s about time this feature included one of her novels, so let’s do that today. Let’s turn the spotlight on Desert Heat, the first of her Joanna Brady novels.
The story begins with a prologue that takes place in Phoenix and in the desert of Northern Mexico. A gangster named Antonio Vargas kills a man named Lefty O’Toole. Readers aren’t exactly privy to why yet, but that incident becomes part of the story later.
Then, the story moves to Bisbee, Arizona, where Joanna Brady is waiting for her husband, Andy, to come home from work He’s a deputy sheriff for Cochise County, so sometimes, his schedule is erratic. But he’s asked her to be ready at six for a tenth-anniversary celebration. When it…
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