Trial by Fire: A Novel of Suspense

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Trial by Fire: A Novel of Suspense

by J.A. Jance

Pocket Star | December 28, 2010 | Mass Market Paperbound |

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New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance's sleuth Ali Reynolds is back for another thrilling adventure as she strives to grant a dying woman's last request-to find the people who nearly killed her.

Ali Reynolds is back in the thick of it in the latest adventure in the New York Times bestselling suspense series. Taking on a media relations position with the Yavapai County Police Department, Ali puts her reporting (and crime solving) skills to good use-and her first time out on the job, it's trial by fire...

When a subdivision-in-the-making goes up in flames, everyone hopes that the unfinished, unoccupied homes will yield no victims. But one woman is found barely alive and burned beyond recognition. She is taken to the ER, where for months she lies in a medically induced coma, unclaimed and unidentified. When she finally emerges from her coma, the life she awakens to is bleak and lonely. Badly disfigured and with no clue as to who she is or where she came from, she is brought to the nuns at a Sisters of Providence Convent.

At the convent, she is nursed and cared for. But before she can begin her painful and difficult recovery, Jane Doe is diagnosed with a hopeless and swift-moving cancer. Now with sudden desperation, there are two things she must find out. Ali Reynolds is called upon to grant this dying woman's final wishes-to find the people who saved her life, and the people who tried to kill her.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 416 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 0.79 in

Published: December 28, 2010

Publisher: Pocket Star

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416566368

ISBN - 13: 9781416566366

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Trial by Fire: A Novel of Suspense

by J.A. Jance

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 416 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 0.79 in

Published: December 28, 2010

Publisher: Pocket Star

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416566368

ISBN - 13: 9781416566366

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Ali Reynolds returns in the newest adventure in the "New York Times" bestselling series by J.A. Jance.

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PROLOGUE She awakened to the sound of roaring flames and to searing heat and lung-choking smoke. Maybe she was already dead and this was hell, but why would she go to hell? What had she done to deserve that? Just then a scorched beam fell across her leg, and she felt the horrifying pain of burning flesh— her burning flesh. That’s when she knew wasn’t dead. She was still alive. And on fire. She tried to shake the burning two-by-four off her leg but it was too heavy. It wouldn’t budge. She tried shoving it away and managed to move it a little, but in the process her hand caught fire as well. She tried to sit up, desperate to find some avenue of escape, but the floor around her was a sea of flame. She was barefoot. She couldn’t bring herself to step into the fire. There was nowhere for her to go, no way to escape. It was hopeless. She was going to die. Falling back onto the bed, she began screaming and praying and coughing, all at the same time. “Please, God. Let it be quick. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Another wooden beam fell. This one didn’t land on her directly, but as the hungry flames licked away at it, she knew they were really searching for her. The pain was all around her now. Her whole body was on fire. Somewhere, far beyond the flames, she heard something else—the sound of breaking glass. Was there glass in heaven? “Hello,” a voice called. “Where are you?” Why is He asking
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New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance's sleuth Ali Reynolds is back for another thrilling adventure as she strives to grant a dying woman's last request-to find the people who nearly killed her.

Ali Reynolds is back in the thick of it in the latest adventure in the New York Times bestselling suspense series. Taking on a media relations position with the Yavapai County Police Department, Ali puts her reporting (and crime solving) skills to good use-and her first time out on the job, it's trial by fire...

When a subdivision-in-the-making goes up in flames, everyone hopes that the unfinished, unoccupied homes will yield no victims. But one woman is found barely alive and burned beyond recognition. She is taken to the ER, where for months she lies in a medically induced coma, unclaimed and unidentified. When she finally emerges from her coma, the life she awakens to is bleak and lonely. Badly disfigured and with no clue as to who she is or where she came from, she is brought to the nuns at a Sisters of Providence Convent.

At the convent, she is nursed and cared for. But before she can begin her painful and difficult recovery, Jane Doe is diagnosed with a hopeless and swift-moving cancer. Now with sudden desperation, there are two things she must find out. Ali Reynolds is called upon to grant this dying woman's final wishes-to find the people who saved her life, and the people who tried to kill her.

About the Author

J. A. Jance was born in South Dakota on October 27, 1944. She received a degree in English and Secondary Education in 1966 and a M. Ed. in Library Science in 1970 from the University of Arizona. Before becoming an author, she taught high school English, worked as a school librarian on a Native American reservation, and sold insurance. She is the author of three mystery series: J. P. Beaumont Mystery series, Joanna Brady Mystery series, and The Ali Reynolds series. She won the American Mystery Award in 1992 and 1993 for Without Due Process and Failure to Appear, respectively. Both of these titles are books in the J. P. Beaumont Mystery series.

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"Compelling... satisfying." -- USA Today
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