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When violence from the drug wars with the Mexican cartels crosses the border into Arizona, and an old friend is murdered, Ali Reynolds steps in to investigate in New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance’s fast-paced mystery.When Santa Cruz county deputy sheriff Jose Reyes, one of Ali Reynolds’s classmates from the Arizona Police Academy, is gunned down and left to die,When violence from the drug wars with the Mexican cartels crosses the border into Arizona, and an old friend is murdered, Ali Reynolds steps in to investigate in New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance’s fast-paced mystery.When Santa Cruz county deputy sheriff Jose Reyes, one of Ali Reynolds’s classmates from the Arizona Police Academy, is gunned down and left to die, he is at first assumed to be an innocent victim of the drug wars escalating across the border. But the crime scene investigation shows there’s much more to it than that, and soon he and his pregnant wife, Teresa, are both under suspicion.Ali owes Reyes a debt of gratitude for the help he gave her years earlier. When she’s summoned to his bedside at Mercy Medical Center in Tucson, it’s impossible for Ali to turn away. Upon arriving at the hospital, Ali finds her good friend, Sister Anselm, is there as well, working as a patient advocate on behalf of another seriously injured victim, an unidentified border crosser who was raped and savagely beaten.As more bodies begin to pile up, Ali becomes determined to seek justice, even when it becomes impossible to know where the danger is coming from. Fast-paced, tension-filled, and intriguingly complex, Left for Dead is J.A. Jance at her riveting best....

Title : Left for Dead
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ISBN : 9781451628623
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Left for Dead Reviews

  • Anne(Booklady) Molinarolo
    2018-10-08 11:55

    I enjoy reading J.A. Jance, especially her Ali Reynolds Series. But Left For Dead is not among my favorite novels in the series. Ali, girl, you really need to brush up on your skills you learned in the Academy if you're going to do some sleuthing. And the cops were a bit tunneled visioned in their investigations, I concede. But Ali, some of the things you and Sister Anselm were unnecessarily dangerous and a bit idiotic.Ms. Jance, why did you go into such detail about Ali and Sister Anselm's back stories? I ask the same about Jose and Donnetella. Don't you want readers for your previous novels? But you did create a few great villains.Deputy Jose Reyes is preforming a routine traffic stop when he is shot, and left for dead. His dash cam has been ripped out. There is Coke in the trunk of his Squad car. Is Ali's friend a dirty cop, or has the scene been staged to look as if he is? Ali Reynolds will find out the truth.On the same evening, a young women is dumped in the Arizona desert also left to die. She has been tortured and beaten. The Supervisor of the Border Patrol Officer assumes the teen is an illegal and since she was breathing when she was Airlifted to Phoenix, Al Guiterrez should forget about the incident. He can't.Both victims are in the same hospital. Ali with one, Sister Anselm with the other. These seemingly different cases, as well as another crime eventually link together in a very surprising way. That's what I love about Jance, she always surprises you

  • Ellen
    2018-10-19 08:54

    Jance's Ali Reynolds series has improved, but there are still some pretty unbelievable things going on. Ali Reynolds is a former newscaster whose station turned her in for a newer model. Her husband did the same thing. In the first few books, she wrote a ridiculous blog for women who were treated badly. Don't ask me why I've continued reading this series! Eventually, she went to the police academy and worked as the media rep for the local sheriff's department, but she was laid off. Now her crime-busting is done solely on her own. Ali and her pal, an elderly nun named Sister Anselm, are at it again in this installment. The police are pretty dumb and it's up to Ali and the good sister/hospital patient advocate to solve the crimes and protect the victims and witnesses. As usual, they both have Tasers and Ali has her trusty Glock. I laughed out loud when, after Ali had done some of the dumbest things possible, Jance reports that suddenly Ali's police academy training kicked in. Better late than never, I guess, but if Ali wants to save people and solve crimes, it would be a lot better if her police academy training would kick in a LOT sooner! I vote for a return to her J.P. Beaumont (Seattle homicide cop) series as it was in the first several entries. I'd even welcome Sheriff Joanna Brady and her friends. J.A., you can do better.

  • Skip
    2018-10-07 11:52

    Pretty good thriller, although initially I was annoyed at having to turn back because there were too many names, subplots. Ali Reynolds and Sistem Anselm have their dinner reunion precluded by the near death of a call girl, who is abandoned in the borderlands. Jose Reyes, a policy academy buddy of Ali's (not the ex-Mets shortstop) is almost killed in the line of duty and framed as a drug dealer. Then a popular postman is killed, and also framed as a drug dealer. There seem to be no ties between the two, except that the postman delivers the cop's mail; however, leveraging her technology boyfriend's company, Ali finds the link and has to rescue some innocents caught up in the revenge plot while the other crime is solved via the persistence of the Border Patrolmen who decided to ignore his boss's admonitions to leave it alone.

  • Ann
    2018-09-28 09:01

    Seriously ridiculous nonsense. I can't fathom anyone reading this story and finding it even remotely believable. Narrow minded police, in a Podunk town, find it hard to believe one of their own was set up. Let’s see...if you were making a drug deal, why would you call it in as a routine traffic stop? Why would supposed drug associates shoot you, steal a dash-cam, leave drugs in the trunk and let $100's fly all over the deserted road? Could this possibly be a set up? No way! The only explanation is a dirty cop! Come on, make it at least a little bit plausible.

  • Jeffrey Hart
    2018-09-21 16:17

    This is another book in the Ali Reynolds series. Several murders and several near misses, and Ali of course in the middle of all of them. Her mother and father have sold the cafe and her mother is running for mayor of Sedona. The scholarship program continues. I think I will take a break from further J.A. Jance novels for awhile.

  • Laura Wasden
    2018-10-15 08:56

    Disappointed with this one. Totally obvious "who dunit" right from the beginning.

  • Donna
    2018-09-26 12:00

    This book was a tedious read with less than stellar writing. I thought it was going to focus on Ali Reynolds, but the book spent more time detailing the life stories of nearly every single character besides her, minor or otherwise. The book started out promising, but soon degenerated into something ridiculous. The investigators were just plain stupid. If Ali's friend Jose had truly been shot during a drug deal gone bad, why the heck would the money and drugs still be left at the scene, which was in a secluded area where it is unlikely someone happened upon the crime to interrupt it? The shooter had time to smash the camera and steal its pieces, but not enough time to pick up the cash and drugs? Gosh! Even criminals have their priorities, I guess. But truly, it was obvious that he was set up. And later on in the story, when Rose aka Breeze was found alive and was ready to testify against the man who raped and tortured her, the police never thought to place a guard on her hospital room. Interesting. But then, if they had, the nun would not have been able to save the day, same as Ali did at the end instead of calling in the police. Another thing I disliked about this book was the lack of dialogue to move the story along. Whenever Ali talked to B on the phone or other people wanted to know what was happening, the author rehashed all the events in fine detail, repeating what the reader already knew. Boring! And much of the remainder of the dialogue was painfully stilted or childish at times. As an example, Ali is trying to get some help from one of B's employees in locating the woman who kidnapped two girls:"She took the kids without permission?""Yes.""So this is urgent?" (Ya think?)"Very." (Uh huh)"Let me get back to you." (Sure thing)Hmmmm....Anyway, I have read nearly all of this author's books from all the different series because I like most of the characters. I just wish she could write better in order to do them justice.

  • JoAnn
    2018-10-20 08:12

    Left for Dead was a very interesting story for me to read, and it kept me flipping the pages because something new was happening all the time. It was basically about a lady named Ali Reynolds who is a former news reporter person. She then goes onto police academy and such, so she meets a lot of the cops that work in the state of Arizona, and knows a lot of people. When a young girl was found on the side of the road by a friend of Ali's, she gets involved to try to find the killer. While that was happening her former police academy classmate was on duty when he was shot at, and nearly killed. Ali knew that she needed to find these two suspects. While it turned out that in the end all these people become connected, the man who got shot at was almost killed by his mother in law because she was jealous of him, and how good off he was. The young girl was almost killed by a hitman. These two stories were solved by the help of Ali Reynolds and her team. I enjoyed this book, but it was way to long for this predictable ending. The author included way to many characters and the different chapters varied so much that it was slightly hard to follow along. In the end it was a happy ending, and makes you feel good about the outcome. Everyone survived. The hitman and the mother in law, Olga died. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes digging deeper into each chapter, and really likes crime thrillers. I feel like they mentioned the same things one to many times, but it was fun, and interesting to read!

  • Joy
    2018-10-16 14:52

    Ali Reynolds investigates two shocking cases of victims brutally left for dead in New York Times bestselling J.A. Jance’s latest mystery-thriller. When Santa Cruz County deputy sheriff Jose Reyes, Ali’s classmate from the Arizona Police Academy, is gunned down and left to die, he is at first assumed to be an innocent victim of the drug wars escalating across the border. But the crime scene investigation shows there’s much more to it than that, and soon he and his pregnant wife, Teresa, both fall under suspicion of wrongdoing.Ali owes Reyes a debt of gratitude for the help he gave her years earlier when she was dealing with a troubled friend. When she’s summoned to his bedside at Physicians Medical Center in Tucson, it’s impossible for her to turn away. And knowing Reyes as well as she does, Ali finds it hard to believe that he’s become mixed up in the drug trade, despite evidence to the contrary. Upon arriving at the hospital, Ali finds that her good friend, Sister Anselm, is there, too—working as a patient advocate on behalf of another seriously injured victim, an unidentified young woman presumed to be an illegal border crosser, who was raped and savagely beaten.Ali becomes determined to seek justice in both cases and secure safety for both victims. Together with Sister Anselm and a conscientious officer who won’t let the case drop despite pressure from above, Ali digs for clues to find the true culprits.

  • Ed
    2018-10-14 09:21

    #7 in the Ali Reynolds series. Recurring character Sister Anselm begs off a dinner appointment with Ali. Coincidently, when Ali shows up at a Tucson hospital to help the family of a wounded police officer who is in ICU, she finds that Sister Anselm is the patient advocate for the wounded young woman in the next room. Ali (Alison) Reynolds series - When 17-year-old Rose Ventana is found dead near the Mexican border, savagely beaten and tortured, the police assume she's just another casualty of the drug wars. But Ali's dear friend, Sister Anselm, thinks otherwise, and the two vigorous and persistent women discover links to other cases that suggest a serial killer at work. Meanwhile, the pair involve themselves in caring for the extended family of a local deputy, mysteriously wounded and suspected of dealing in drugs. Their own off-the-grid network of lawyers and security experts comes in handy for ferreting out leads. As usual, Ali charms the locals into giving valuable if inadvertent clues.

  • Joel Anderson
    2018-10-05 10:09

    A little harder for me to get into than other J. A. Jance books I have read though perhaps that is due to it being the first Ali Reynolds book I have read.Two seemingly unconnected people are discovered near death, one a beaten and burned young woman in an area of the desert known to be a route taken by illegal immigrants, the other a law enforcement officer. What is the connection...or is there one? As the story goes on, several twists will cause the reader to wonder just who the bad guys are as some upstanding citizens seem to have a secret life on the dark side. Eventually, the mystery becomes clear and, of course, the protagonist, Ali Reynolds, finds herself in the middle of solving both cases. No need to spoil the ending...but the book is certainly worth the read. I am sure I will try some of the other Ali Reynolds novel to see if I can get to know and appreciate this character as I have Joanna Brady. By the way, I did love the touch of a little internal advertising by the author...if you read it, you will know.

  • Gail
    2018-10-06 13:17

    I think I've read every one of J.A. Jance's books, but Left for Dead is not among my favorites. There were too many characters and subplots, and they just didn't seem to gel. Ali Reynolds has yet to solidify as a character and some of the scenes just seem quite implausible. I find it hard to believe in this day and age, with all the privacy laws, that a stranger off the street, with just a card saying "Consultant" could weasel their way into a locked psych ward, or that they would have the gall to attempt it. And how likely is it that a wounded deputy, even one suspected of being dirty, wouldn't have a guard outside his room? I'd like to see another Joanna Brady book, but I have the feeling that that character is somewhat played out.

  • Tina
    2018-10-08 08:14

    Jance novels leave me wanting more, more Jance novels. The audiobook version is narrated well, in a believable voice. Ali Reynolds' nemesis-turned-friend Jose Reyes, from her Arizona Police Academy days, is gunned-down and nearly killed as a sheriff. Rose Ventana, a 14-year old runaway turns call girl, Breeze. As a 17-year old, Rose\Breeze very nearly turns homicide victim when she is raped, beaten, then left for dead in the desert. Reynolds earns her chops, helping to crack these cases and more.

  • Andy Plonka
    2018-10-09 09:06

    While the plot is adequate, the author spends a great deal of time with the back story of most of the major characters doing a disservice to both fans of this series (Ali Reynolds)who are already familiar with them and new readers who now have little reason to read the previous entries in the series. That being said, it is interesting to see how good strong families bear little relationship to income. Families with little income show strong moral values while those with more money are not so virtuous.

  • Ben Krombholz
    2018-10-17 11:00

    I picked up this book with no idea of the plot or pre-exposure to this author. My first impression: "Why am I getting a full-fledged back story for every person in this story -- minor character or otherwise?" It took me until the second half of the book to really appreciate these details (though most were ultimately superfluous), about the same time I realized this book is a "whodunit?" rather than a thriller. The ending was a tad melodramatic and a bit of a let-down -- all those richly-detailed back stories coming together to support a too-tidy conclusion and an obvious villain.

  • Bonnie
    2018-10-19 12:53

    This book is part of the Allie Reynolds series. I find it a tad bit less believable than the Joanna Brady and J. P. Beaumont series. Nevertheless, I do enjoy it and I liked this book a lot. I find this series a bit less believable in the same way that pretty much all of the amateur detective series are a bit unbelievable. That doesn't mean that I (along with pretty much anyone who reads them) doesn't thoroughly enjoy them!

  • Sandy
    2018-09-28 14:08

    Allie helps a fellow academy police officer that is accused of trafficking drugs and ends up with the Angel of Death again at the hospital. Together they resolve the two cases of people who have been left for dead. I liked this book as well as the others in her series. She ties up all the loose ends and has a good way of getting into the heads of the characters and giving their actions meaning.

  • Nancy Ellis
    2018-10-08 10:08

    This was so good, I read it in one sitting. Well, okay.....maybe with one or two breaks, but I did read it all in one day. This is the best so far in the series IMHO. Interesting plots, good characters, quick pace, plus the fact it's set in areas of Arizona close to me. I think we all enjoy reading books set in familiar territory, and that's one of the reasons I enjoy all the Jance series. It helps, of course, that she's also an excellent writer.

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2018-10-05 16:06

    This was a really good book. I was completely sucked into this story, and I couldn't put it down. I like JA Jance's no-nonsense writing style, with a good mystery with no loose ends. I will be reading more of this author.Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars.Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur in the February 2012 Issue.

  • Linda K. Melzer
    2018-09-30 16:07

    A good Ali McGraw fiction.J A Jance is one of my favorite authors. This, however, was not one of her best. The concept and the suspense were good, but it didn't seem fully developed.

  • Bryan
    2018-09-27 14:56

    Excellent! This book is a prime example of why I plan to read everything J.A. Jance has written. Great story. On to the next in the series!!

  • Kaethe
    2018-10-10 10:56

    The story opens with the plight of an under-age runaway trapped in a sex-trafficking ring. Now that the eldest is 13, I fouud it a little too close to home to take. Maybe some other day, when both of the Offspring are all grown up.

  • Amaia
    2018-09-28 12:53

    Ok to pass the time, very predictable though.

  • Connie
    2018-09-23 10:53

    Very run-of-the-mill writing and plot

  • Susan
    2018-09-27 12:07

    Didn't love this book. Too much backstory given. Shoot, there's even one place where she gave a three-paragraph history of the place where the main character was going to spend the night. No, it was not a setting that was integral to the story. No, it didn't turn up again later. It was just filler.Found the villain implausible and the motivation for murder was iffy. This was not a very long book, but I really struggle to finish it. There was nothing compelling in the story line that made me want to keep reading.

  • David
    2018-10-06 13:00

    This book is my latest read in the Alison Reynolds series. A teenager is left for dead in the desert, leading to connections between three other murders. Ali gets involved because she was a friend of a police officer who was shot and nearly killed.The book takes place over about three days, and you can see it develop as the timestamps show the time. Sister Anselm makes another appearance, and is very quick on her feet.This is a nice book if you like the Ali Reynolds series.

  • Darlene Wilson
    2018-10-06 16:03

    2 shocking cases of victims left for dead! Jose Reyes, Ali's classmate from Arizona Police Academy - gunned down and left to die. . A young woman - raped and savagely beaten - left for dead - Sister Anselm called in to tend to her - - Ali determined to seek justice in both cases and secure safety for both victims. . .

  • Raoul Jerome
    2018-10-03 09:54

    This may be the best Ali I've read yet. Many twists & turns. Ali's in good form and it was nice to see Sister Anselm again. Several times that I had to say "Whoa--didn't see that coming!" Great resolution to some big problems. Sometimes it's difficult for me to know about somebody's innocence but I can't tell Ali about it... Try it, you'll like it.

  • Rae Davies
    2018-10-03 11:01

    This book is not quite as good as the last two, but only enough to warrant 3 stars rather than 4. I felt it went on for too long too many times with unnecessary details. But I am reading two separate series of books by Jance and she tends to write that way. She is simplistic but wordy, somehow. However, I still recommend this book, as well as this series.

  • Patrick
    2018-09-20 09:21

    I thought this was an interesting, fast moving read. Ali Reyolds is able to help solve three murders. It seems amazing that she has that talent. Of course this is fiction and most of us never come close to one, let alone three. However one thing I liked was reading about some of the AZ settings where I live. I may have to go visit some of them. Read it. You'll probably like it.