I've read everything J.A. Jance has published (and own over 40 of them). This is not my favorite set of characters, but there is Jance on every page fighting injustice, demanding that people take their heads out of the sand and discover what is going on in the would when we would rather not see it. Good for her. Some comments mention the "device" of a rich husband providing perks the 99.9% of us never experience, but that seems a harsh criticism against a woman author when men like Stuart Woods sell 30 novels with the IDENTICAL plot, no redeeming social value, and rich people give his main character 5 million dollar yachts, bullet proof cars and airplanes (usually because he is good in bed). Yes, Ali Reynolds' is a fantasy life, but short of a fairy godmother it is one escape many/most women have wished for on occasion. If you are from the SW read Joanna Brady series instead. If you are PNW start with J.P. Beaumont series.
The two subplots here don't solve each other, as often happens in Jance stories. The pace is still heart stopping, and both topics are very timely. It's fun to see Ali and Leland function in totally new settings. A whole new side of Leland and his life before becoming major domo to Ali is explored here. We also learn more about the details of what B. does for a living. A satisfying outing.
Another good entry in the Ali Reynolds series. To enjoy this series (especially the more recent books) you have to ignore 1. the characters have unlimited monies to charter planes, hire helicopters, rent Land Rovers, stay at 4 star hotels etc. 2. The cybersecurity people in the story can hack into anything and nobody in the story really cares that the info gathering is illegal (they're good guys after all) 3. our heroes never get into trouble with the cops even though they get into shootouts, kill people etc. These things aren't necessarily out of the norm for this type of novel anyway so it's not too hard. In this one, a teen hacker gets caught between those who want his program for good and for evil. In a side story that's kind of awkward, Ali accompanies Leland Brooks to England to meet some family members and solve an old mystery.
A good read, though I agree sometimes trying to flip back and forth between stories was difficult.
I like the Ali Reynolds series. I enjoyed learning more about Leland and his life before Arizona. The two distinct stories did get a bit confusing, especially because there was some overlapping. But it was an enjoyable read all in all.
It does get a bit confusing going between Leland's story and the main story but it all gets tied up at the end. Enjoyed the book.
Has an agenda. Slow. Not typical Jance. Ghost written?
Looking forward to audio copy of it
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