The Old Blue Line: A Joanna Brady Novella by J. A JanceThe Old Blue Line: A Joanna Brady Novella by J. A Jance

The Old Blue Line: A Joanna Brady Novella

byJ. A Jance

Mass Market Paperback | July 22, 2014

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Butch Dixon has been taken for a ride …

Not a jump in the car, see the sights kind of ride. He's been taken for everything he has. He's lost his house, his restaurant business, his savings, his car, his best friend, his faith—all to his conniving ex-wife. But that was seven years ago. He picked himself up, left Chicago, and started over in Peoria, Arizona, running the Roundhouse Bar and Grill. He doesn't look back on those bad years; there's no point. Not until two curious cops show up at the Roundhouse.

Faith, Butch's ex-wife, has been murdered, and the evidence points to him. Stunned, Butch quickly realizes that the black-hearted woman is going to ruin him again, from her grave. Lucky for Butch, the Old Blue Line, a group of retired—but still sharp and tenacious—former legal and law enforcement coots, have taken it upon themselves, as a favor, to make sure he doesn't cross that thin line. After the dust settles, Butch's life is again upended—when a little red-haired ball of fire, Sheriff Joanna Brady, takes a seat at his bar.

J. A. Jance is theNew York Timesbestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and five interrelated thrillers about the Walker family, as well as a volume of poetry. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucso...
Title:The Old Blue Line: A Joanna Brady NovellaFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.36 inPublished:July 22, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062366920

ISBN - 13:9780062366924

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from How did Butch Dixon Come into Joanna's life? A dip into the past enlightens readers to an important part of Joanna's life. A murder, a flashback to relatives and friends, and a gathering of intrepid minds all combine to give the reader answers to why and who in Joanna Brady's life. A fascinating look into the beginning phase of the Sheriff of Bisbee, Arizona. A good read, with a believable plot.
Date published: 2015-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The old blue line Good but not long enough. Love her books though. Thorough chain of events. ?...............................................................
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old Blue Line This is a great backstory to the Joanna Brady series, all about Butch and what happened just before they got together. Same Jance style, descriptive narrative. Good read.
Date published: 2015-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Old Blue Line I love reading the Joanna Brady Mysteries. Plus with this being a short story, I was able to read in one night.
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from NOT a Joanna Brady story Story was ok, but character Joanna B does not enter into the story... also when I ordered it the word 'novella' did not show. I would not have bought a novella.
Date published: 2015-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short good Great to learn more about Butch's life before he sold the Roundhouse...and moved to be near his future wife,life
Date published: 2015-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Butch's history It was nice to get more of Butch's history!
Date published: 2014-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fill in on a supporting character 3.5/5 J.A. Jance writes a number of series, but my favourite is Sheriff Joanna Brady. The Old Blue Line has been marketed as 15.5 in the series, as it is a novella. (The newest novel, Remains of Innocence has just released.) The Old Blue Line is actually Joanna's husband, Butch Dixon's story. Jance takes us back to the days before Butch met Joanna. Butch lost everything to his ex-wife seven years ago. He's made a new life for himself and no runs the Roadhouse Bar and Grill. But when the ex-wife is found murdered, Butch is the prime suspect. Even in death, Faith is out to get him. But Butch has friends - namely The Old Blue Line gang - retired cops and lawyers that are determined to clear Butch's name. Butch has always been a great supporting player in the Brady books, but we really don't know too much about his background. This little novella is told completely in Butch's voice. ( Joanna only makes an appearance in the last few pages.) The mystery in this case is short and sweet, as is the book, but it's still enjoyable. It was more about getting to know Butch better. Although, I'd like to see more of The Old Blue Line gang in future books. I actually chose to listen to The Old Blue Line. The reader was James Eckhouse. Eckhouse's voice is pleasant and easy to listen to, with clear diction. He's an expressive reader, using his voice to good effect. Eckhouse works as an actor and is good 'performer' in audio format as well.
Date published: 2014-08-01