This is a fast paced thriller with an added benefit of learning a lot of Indian legend. A question that is addressed is "Can you transfer evil to another person?" A young family was attacked 20 years ago. Now this family is being threatened again but the serial killer has died. THis new attacker knows things which are impossible for him to be aware of. Who is he and why?
As usual with JAJance, the book is well written. It is a pleasure to read. The story moves with a good pace and the suspense mounts. The characterization is a little shallow, but the characters are likeable, even the bad guys sometimes.
the second book by jance that i've read, this is the sequel to hour of the hunter. i really enjoyed the book, tho not as much as the first. the interludes of native legends was really nice, and didn't interfere with the story at all -- merely enhanced it.
Jance takes time out from her popular series featuring lawyer J.P. Beaumont (Breach of Duty) and Sheriff Joanna Brady (Outlaw Mountain) with this many-layered but overplotted suspense novel, set in the Arizona desert and suffused with the mystery and otherworldliness of Papago Indian folklore. Ex-con Mitch Johnson takes revenge on prize-winning author Diana Ladd Walker and former Tucson sheriff Brandon Walker by abducting their adopted teenage Papago daughter, Lani . (Years earlier, Brandon arrested Mitch for killing two illegal aliens; Diana blinded and maimed Mitch's prison cellmate when he attacked her.) Just as the vicious Apaches were the Papagos' most feared enemies, so the unredeemingly vile Mitch is the Walkers' relentless waking nightmare, prone to torture. As the search for Lani accelerates, the interplay among the large cast of Anglo and Indian characters, bound together by kinship, upbringing and respect or animosity, increases. The baggage they bring to the story and their interlocking relationships could overwhelm a less accomplished writer, but Jance has a sure hand. As she cuts from one set of characters to another, as well as from past to present, she creates a coherent and engrossing novel that uses the dreamlike Papago creation myth to artfully combine magic and reality; each chapter is introduced with a pertinent portion of the legend. Unfortunately, a few clunky clues stand out like beacons and when justice finally prevails, it's tied up in a package whose neatness seems more magical than real
tenty years ago, a darkness roses up out of the blistering heat of the Arizona desert and descended uppon the Walker family of Tucson.A serial killer brought blood and terror into their world, nearly murdering Diana Ladd Walker and her your son. Now much has changed . That ssychopath has died in prison, and they believe that their long nightmare is finally over. They are wrong.
20 years ago, a darkness rose up out of the blistering heat of the AZ desert and descended upon the Walker family of Tucson. A personified evil, a serial killer named Andrew Carlisle, brought blood and terror into their world, nearly murdering Diana Ladd Walker and her young son, Davy. Now much has changed. The family has grown larger. There's Lani, the beloved adopted daughter, a beautiful Native American teenager.... and now the psychopath has died in prison....or has he"
20 years ago, a darkness rose up out of the blistering heat of the Arizona desert and descended upon the Walker family of Tucson. A personified evil, a serial killer named Andrew Carlisle, brought blood and terror into their world, nearly murdering Diana Ladd Walker and her young son, Davy. Now much has changed. The family has grown larger. There's Lani, the beloved adopted daughter---a beautiful Native American teenager "kissed by the bees" and destined according to Tohono O'othham lore, to become a woman of great spiritual power. And now that the psychopath Carlisle has died in prison, Brandon and Diana Walker believe that their long nightmare is finally over. They are wrong. The monster is dead, but his malevolence lives on...in another.
This is the first book by JA Jance that I've read that was not in either the JP Beauregard series or the Sheriff Joanna Brady series - and I enjoyed this one more! A lot of research on native american stories and customs went into this book and it was intriguing. Good character building (although there are a TON of characters in this book) made for a good read.
Twenty yrs. ago, in Arizona, A serial killer nearly killed Diana Walker and her son. They adopted a daughter, Lani, a native American teenager and so lore has it, she will become a woman of great spiritual power. The killer has died in prison and the Walkers think their nightmare is over.
They are wrong. The killer is dead but the malevolence lives on, in another.