Desert Heat: A Joanna Brady Mystery by J. A. Jance

By J. A. Jance

A Joanne Brady mysteryAndy Brady used to be a superb husband and candidate for Sheriff - until eventually a bullet destroyed his destiny. Now the police are claiming he was once a maverick whose involvement in drug-running drove him to suicide. yet Andy's spouse, Joanna, understands a cover-up whenshe sees one, and her obsessive hunt for a killer threatens to put either her and her daughter in jeopardy.

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Joanna asked. “They don’t know. Nobody does. Like I told your daughter, they’ve called for a helicopter to meet them in Bisbee. They’ve managed to stabilize him enough to move him. That’s a good sign. ” McFadden shook his head. “Not necessary. ” “Can’t I go along in the helicopter? ” McFadden shook his head. “It might be faster, but with the EMTs along there’s not enough room. Don’t worry, Joanna. ” With siren blaring, they roared past the newly opened county jail, up Highway 80, around the traffic circle, and on through town.

That’s right, Jennifer,” she said. ” “But I want to help,” Jenny insisted. ” “You heard Sheriff McFadden. Taking Sadie back home will be a big help. ” Meantime the emergency medical technicians had carried Andrew Brady’s stretcher down the wash to a place where the bank wasn’t quite as steep. The ambulance moved down the road and met them where they emerged from the brush. Once again Jennifer tried to pull away. “I want to go see my Daddy,” she insisted, but Joanna didn’t let go. “No, Jenny. ” Within a matter of seconds the stretcher was loaded into the ambulance and the vehicle pulled away with its siren gearing up to full-pitched howl.

She didn’t need to know any more than that. Once through town the nighttime desert swept by outside the windows, washed by the alternating red and blue flashes from the light bar overhead. Joanna ignored the intermittent crackle of voices on McFadden’s two-way radio. She heard only the jumble of unanswerable questions roaring in her head. Would Andy live or not, and if he did, would he be all right? What would she do if he died? What would she do if he didn’t quite die but if he couldn’t ever go back to work, either?

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