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The intense desert heat has brought horror to a small corner of the Southwest. A body lies lifeless in an airless trailer, surrounded by seventeen others. It is a crime unspeakable in its conception and execution—a nightmare strangely connected to a grisly slaughter in a neighboring state, where the corpses of two women are found tied up, naked, and gruesomely posed on a rThe intense desert heat has brought horror to a small corner of the Southwest. A body lies lifeless in an airless trailer, surrounded by seventeen others. It is a crime unspeakable in its conception and execution—a nightmare strangely connected to a grisly slaughter in a neighboring state, where the corpses of two women are found tied up, naked, and gruesomely posed on a rancher's land. A day that started out hot has already turned blistering for Joanna Brady, the sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, for terror has moved into her small town to stay. And the nightmare will not end until she uncovers the roots of a monstrous obsession buried somewhere in the most frightening dark shadows of the past....

Title : Exit Wounds
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ISBN : 9780061742057
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Number of Pages : 269 Pages
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Exit Wounds Reviews

  • Nathan
    2019-03-31 08:40

    Right on the cover, this book says it is a “Novel of Suspense and Mystery.” The only mystery I uncovered is the mystery of why this book was ever published. The book starts off good for a suspense story. A murder. But the Sheriff doesn’t get her first clue in the case until page 260. The whole rest of the time she’s involved in a bunch of meaningless subplots that don’t add to the story, and are marginally resolved. Finally, about 20 pages from the end of the book, Jance realized that she had better wrap things up, so a whirlwind of activity unearths countless clues that lead to the actual killer, who commits suicide in an attempt to relieve the state budgetary problems that would have arisen from a long, drawn out trial.

  • Nancy Ellis
    2019-04-01 13:17

    Really good story, as always! However, I did find an annoying error, which I hope was corrected in publications which followed the one I read. More than once.....I believe a total of three times, if not four......the county in Arizona was misspelled. It's Mohave County. It may be the Mojave Desert, but the county is Mohave. I live there, so it bugged me. No big deal, certainly not important enough to interfere with my enjoyment of the story!

  • Jerry B
    2019-04-19 13:21

    Sheriff Joanna Brady juggles crime & family in fine yarn...We'll admit we're big fans of JA Jance, having read every novel she's written, some two dozen to date. This tenth book (or so, depending if you count "Partner in Crime" featuring both her fictional stars) in the Sheriff Brady series sees Joanna incredibly busy with an unfortunate murder of a lonely poor woman surrounded by 17 dogs; a horrific car crash filled with 20-some illegal aliens; and family issues in abundance including morning sickness! Deaths of two reporters, a bigamist cult, and a dysfunctional family filled with incest only add to the headaches and heartaches. Joanna tends to be a workaholic anyway, personally doing much of her detective's leg work or attending trouble calls at all hours of the day and night. If you're wanting to read about a highly competent, driven law enforcement officer, you need to look no further. Indeed author Jance not only develops her plot carefully, with plenty of character work to get you hooked on the people involved (as is our leading lady), but also spins the story with enough complexity to keep you guessing 'til the end.An ulterior motive with this book is to describe a mental illness called "hoarding", in which usually an unbalanced loner starts accumulating far more animals than they can begin to feed or care for properly. Using the ploy that the county Animal Control operation has recently been turned over to the sheriff to manage, she and we learn about the difficulty in placing animals for adoption and the surprising number being put to sleep every week. Pictured on the back cover with two dogs, it's clear Jance makes a compelling case for more awareness of the issues and the funding such shelters really need.With a realistic cast of characters hard not to like, with family tensions and murders galore, it's hard to put down the latest Joanna Brady. Enjoy!

  • Diane
    2019-04-12 15:18

    Exit Wounds, by J.A. Jance, is my second Joanna Brady mystery. This review is based on the audio version. The reader, Debra Monk, was a little annoying. Everything she said was pretty monotone.This story started off really well, and caught my interest immediately. Carol Mossman, a loner, is found shot to death in her mobile home. Carol's seventeen dogs, were trapped inside her mobile home, and all except a puppy are found dead from the Arizona heat.What follows after this was several subplots: Joanna's unexpected pregnancy, every minute detail about her home life and her job, and another subplot about illegal immigrants. None of these subplots were needed, in my opinion, as I felt it just made the plot drag, until we find out what really happened to Carol Mossman.This was my second Joanna Brady, Jance novel in the past month, and at least for now, I plan to pass on this author.

  • Kim Galla
    2019-04-04 14:42

    The prologue was a good opener and no hints given at all as to who or why for several chapters.Joanna is the headstrong and focused lady sheriff of a southern Arizona town. She investigates three murders performed on the same day. I was mislead by events until the “ah-hah” revelation surfaced more than three-quarters into the book. There was one major plot with one aside plot that ended with vague assumptions. All in all, the major storyline was solidly finished.It was refreshing to read about a character such as Joanna. Any personal drama was kept to a minimum and true-to-life. Butch is her fussbudget author husband with too much time on his hands. But, I suppose the author planned it this way. This was the first book I’ve read by J.A. Jance and I enjoyed it and recommend it.

  • Mum
    2019-04-18 15:27

    Office politics, a nasty murder, a hoarder and a cult. An entertaining read, unless you have issues with mistreated animals.

  • April Hochstrasser
    2019-04-18 08:39

    I love J.A. Jance. Gary and I listened on CD's and were actually in the town of Bisbee, Arizona where her heroine resides as the Cochise County sheriff. I wanted to go in the sheriff's dept and ask for her, but I thought perhaps they'd think me crazy, because she isn't afterall, really the sheriff. We found all the backdrops in her books, the street names, the restaurants and it was very fun. The story is about sects of bigamists in Arizona and wasn't too complimentary, but interesting. Fortunately, she modified the "Mormon" part and clarified that they were renegade fundamentalists that had strayed way off-track. Gary even stayed in the car at times to finish certain chapters rather than get out and explore, so he was also enthralled.

  • Quinn
    2019-04-09 11:39

    A Joanna Brady novel. Boring and no real surprises. A women who owns several dogs is shot and found dead with her dogs in her white trash trailer house. It is soon discovered that the dead women’s father belongs to a sect of the Mormon church called the “Bretheren” who believes in polygamy. The father has also had incestial relations with his daughters. These things lead to a series of murders. Good idea for a story but Jance failed to make the characters sympathetic or interesting.

  • Richard Brand
    2019-04-05 09:32

    This story is back to just Brady and no Beaumont. It was a good multi-layed story with several different problems for the sheriff to solve. We had incest, we had murder, we had illegal immigrants, we had animal rights, we had a pregnant Brady, newly published author, a barrel racing teenager, and pancreatic cancer. A rather heavy load for one novel, but in the end all things turn out well. If you like slow soap operas then these novel perform a good function.

  • Brian Steele
    2019-04-09 13:17

    I mean, I get it. This book wasn't in any way BADLY written, it was just... boring. Of course, I come from a horror background, so perhaps there simply wasn't enough violent atrocities to hold my interest. If you're looking for a quiet, somewhat romance-y mystery, I guess this is for you. Of course, it didn't help that I grabbed Jance's 11th book in a series.

  • Scott Whitney
    2019-03-22 16:14

    This book was hard to put down. It was also hard to read due to the presence of sexual abuse.

  • David Reynolds
    2019-04-07 12:15

    I like her more and more

  • Megargee
    2019-03-26 11:42

    The appeal of Sheriff Joanne Brady to many of her long time fans is that she persists and prevails despite being burdened with many of same sorts of daily hassles and personal issues that they too experience, such as having a witch of an interfering mother, snagging her hose on prickly pear, or, a new issue, an unexpected pregnancy. This is especially true for female readers who, like Joanna, have experienced workplace misogyny or, in the earliest novels in the series, raising a daughter as a single mother after her husband, a deputy who was running for sheriff, was killed in the line of duty.The fact that Joanna is a sheriff means that in addition to her personal hassles, she has to cope with unending paperwork, administer the jail, deal with personnel issues, formulate budgets, cope with county officials, and even, in this novel, take charge of animal control. In the course of this series, Jance has also introduced a number of continuing characters, all of whose stories have to be updated. First time Brady readers are apt get frustrated while Brady deals with these issues instead of focusing on the murder which opens the book.Best solution is to go back to the first Brady book and read them all in order as I have been doing. Second best is to switch from Brady to Jance's other main character, J. P. Beaumonte who as a conventional hard drinking, unmarried, lone wolf detective is free from all the annoying hassles that plague Sheriff Brady.

  • Jennifer Brown
    2019-04-07 10:38

    Another well written book in this series! It was weird reading this one because I usually listen to the series, but seeing the characters names and knowing how they are really pronounced was interesting! This book has Joanna running around EVERYWHERE it felt like! She was dealing with a murder in her jurisdiction (and those poor dogs!!!) that may be connected to two murders in another area. Then someone smuggling illegals into the country with no care for their lives. An inmate also dies. And on top of that, she has events to go to as sheriff and to make appearances with the election coming up! (And did I mention a health thing too??) She definitely stayed busy!! I loved how it wasn't one thing going on. It shows how police departments really work instead of only having to deal with one case at a time! Next please!!

  • Heather
    2019-03-23 12:35

    The heat is killer in Cochise County, Arizona and in the suffocating stillness of an airless trailer, a woman is lying dead, a bullet hole in her chest. Who would murder a harmless loner and why did the killer use an eighty-five-year-old bullet, fired from the same weapon that slaughtered two other women?The slayings are as oppressive as the blistering heat for Sheriff Joanna Brady, who must shoulder the double burden of a brutal reelection campaign and major developments on the home front. Joanna must now deal with the terrifying reality that now threatens everyone in her jurisdiction: a serial killer is in their midst.As personal and professional pressure mounts, Sheriff Brady must pursue a sadistic murderer into the shadows of the past to get to the roots of a monstrous obsession...and expose the permanent wounds of a crime far worse than homicide.Joanna got on my nerves in this book. Not too bad, but she definitely felt more abrasive in this book, than I remember her. Still it is nice to see her and Butch in the beginning.

  • Helen-Louise
    2019-04-15 11:28

    As always with this series, an excellent read. Joanna finds she is pregnant on the same day the department catches a particularly ugly murder case - the death of an older woman in dire financial straits, a "collector" of stray dogs, 18 of whom die in her trailer in the aftermath of her death. As always, Chief Brady works through the financial and staffing issues of an always underfunded department, solves the murder, and deals with her family. Of J.A. Jance's various characters, this one is my favorite.

  • Rae Davies
    2019-04-02 15:37

    Definitely not the best in the series. I like the author's note at the end, as it pertains to something I am quite passionate about. But the actual ending of the book is full of too much anger and hatred. Yes, there is reason for those emotions, but I feel it is best to end a story on a positive note before moving on to the next. That's just my opinion. And, within the story, there was more sadness and heartbreak than there was excitement and drama.

  • Dan Smith
    2019-04-17 08:41

    A body lies lifeless in an airless trailer, surrounded by seventeen others. It is a crime unspeakable in its conception and execution—a nightmare strangely connected to a grisly slaughter in a neighboring state, where the corpses of two women are found tied up, naked, and gruesomely posed on a rancher's land. A day that started out hot has already turned blistering for Joanna Brady, the sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, for terror has moved into her small town to stay.

  • David
    2019-03-30 13:35

    Sheriff Brady now has to deal with not only her duties as sheriff, but also with an unexpected pregnancy. An investigation into a murder spills across county and state lines as they follow up leads. Through it all is Butch, who supports her, even though frustrated at her long and irregular hours.

  • David Monroe
    2019-03-25 13:25

    This book was intense and covered a very serious problem. I learned that Catholic priests who were pedophiles were sent to New Mexico the most!! This issue is frightening because it's taboo and not talked about a great deal - so kudos to J A Jance for ripping the bandaid off this owie and showing the cost.

  • Bette Worcester
    2019-04-04 16:28

    Perhaps because I listened to the audio version I found the book boring at times. The plot line got bogged down with subplots and non-plots, like how long Joanna Brady's morning sickness was going to last. I found the mystery components interesting and the correlation between early sexual abuse and animal hoarding informative.

  • Michelle Brown
    2019-04-16 12:14

    This was a quick read. It's not bad, but it's not great. I got the book for free at work and decided to read it on a slow night. Well Jance managed to pull me in well enough! I ended up taking the book home to finish over the weekend and the last chapter on Monday. It takes place in Arizona and a woman sheriff as the lead protagonist. Sold.

  • Lewestover
    2019-03-24 16:38

    Sheriff Brady deals with two unusual problems that end up being interconnected -- an animal hoarder, and incestuous polygamist relationships that affect the lives of at least three generations of a family.

  • Sandy Gurile
    2019-04-08 09:40

    This is my first J.A. Jance novel and I have to admit it just never got me engaged in reading. Most books I read in a day, but this one took me five days. It just seemed to drag on ... at least for me.

  • Judy Evenson
    2019-03-19 15:32

    JA Janice gives us a hoarder, a coyote transporting dozens of illegals, monsoons, car chases, accidents, incest, murders, pregnancy and morning sickness, deaf dogs, animal control and on and on. Fast read, plenty of action!

  • Carol S. Landgrebe
    2019-03-29 08:35

    What people do to their children has lasting effects. This book touches that.

  • Alaina
    2019-04-10 11:19


  • Pam
    2019-04-02 16:28

    read quite a while ago - did not re-read

  • John D. Nordstrom
    2019-03-25 08:23

    Good readI enjoyed this book as it had me. Hanging on to the end. I was completely fooled as to who the killer was in this mystry

  • Kathy Romberg
    2019-04-10 10:40

    J.A. Jance is an Excellent writer. Each book has a theme as to the story she is writing about. The one I am reading now is Skeleton Canyon #5 in her list of books. Joanna Brady Mysteries.