Exit Wounds - Joanna Brady, No 11 Author:J. A. Jance The intense desert heat has brought a nightmare 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 conception and execution -- a horror strangely connected to a grisly slaughter in a neighboring state, where the corpses of two women are found gruesomely pose... more »d 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.« less
One of the best Jance books yet. I haven't read all the Sheriff Joanna Brady books in order but each one is excellent. And this one is at the top of the list. I highly recommend you give this series a try.
Excellent story! Three dead women, two of which are reports that were working on a cult (The Bretheren) story which involve young children. The third woman was part of the cult years ago when she was a child and was saved from the hell that she lived every day and was ready to tell her story to make others aware. The women in this cult are worthless according to the cult and are sold and traded like items they no longer need.
By the age of 12 young girls are sold and married off to old perverted horny men. One wedding in which was seceretly filmed and given to the reporters to make public. They find Carol dead in her trailor with her 17 dogs shot to death. And they find the reports in a field striped naked as if it was a case of sexual assult.
Who is the killer? Is it someone from "The Brethern" that does not want their existance known or is it Carol's own father that doesn't want the world to know what he did to her.
At the end of most of her books she gives an explanation of how she came to writing her story. Mostly she'll find something factual that most people don't know about or are unaware of and uses it to create one of her many stories.