Thursday, October 2, 2008

Cruel Intent-J. A. Jance

Cruel Intent
J. A. Jance
Touchstone, Dec 2008, $25.95
ISBN: 1416563792

In Sedona, Arizona former TV news reporter Ali Reynolds is renovating a house when the wife of her contractor is found brutally murdered in their home. Police Detective Dave Holman suspects the husband Bryan Forrester killed his stay at home wife and mom Morgan; as the violence implies someone passionately involved with the victim. Ali believes Bryan’s proclamation of innocence, but no one else does.

Feeling obligated and also needing her home ready for the Thanksgiving invasion, Ali investigates, which leads her to, a website where “married singles” can harmlessly flirt. As she digs deeper, she realizes a serial killer is hacking into homes with Morgan being number five. With all that info, she remains ignorant to the fact that the culprit is watching her.

The fourth Reynolds investigative tale (see HAND OF EVIL) is an exciting fast-paced thriller that starts at hyperspeed and accelerates from there. Although a couple of key late spins subtract from the plausibility, fans of J.A. Jance will enjoy her latest whodunit especially when the heroine finds family members wanting to help her but for the most part hinder her except for one key late intrusion.

Harriet Klausner