As a rule I love J.A. Jance's books, but Dance of the Bones is not one of her best-- and J.P. Beaumont fans will be disappointed, since he plays a crucial (but very small) role.
Jance's Walker family series set in the Tucson, Arizona area have always used many legends of the Tohono O'odham people. Normally I enjoy reading them, but in this case they kept dragging me out of the story-- even if they did pertain to two of my favorite characters, Gabe Ortiz and Lani Walker-Pardee. Speaking of characters, the bad guy needed to be more hands-on. Always having minions doing the dirty work sapped the killer's evil mojo. Instead of fear or anxiety, I felt irritation.
With so many interconnected loops of plot, reading Dance of the Bones was like stepping in the middle of a nest of rattlesnakes. Lots of distraction, occasional confusion, and a feeling that the story didn't live up to the often beautiful way Jance uses the English language.
Loved this story and the continuing Walker family, added to the Beaumont history. Exciting and great ending. Loved it from start to finish. Looking for more of the ex-cop connections.
Prospector Amos Warren and John Lassiter were as close as father and son until an argument tore them apart. The next day Amos disappeared into the desert never seen again.Years later his bones were found in the desert John Lassiter was arrested by Detective Brandon WAlker.
Lassiter's daughter Amanda Wasser wants the retired Walker 40 years later to reopen the case and find the real killer.She says that her dad was not guilty.
JP Beaumont and Branson WAlker work together on the case.They find an unsolved murder may be connected to the case. Both walk into a recent multiple homicide that may hold the key to the cold case.