368 pages, 9.12 × 6.12 × 1 in
December 1, 2009
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1439172242
ISBN - 13: 9781439172247
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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 that? she wondered. God knows everything. He must know where I am. Then, unex
From the Publisher
New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance turns up the heat with another heart-pounding tale of suspense, and this time it’s going to be TRIAL BY FIRE.
In the heat of the Arizona desert, a raging fire pushes temperatures to a deadly degree, and one woman is left to burn. Pulled naked and barely breathing from the fire, the victim has no idea who she is, let alone who would do this to her—or why. In her hospital bed she drifts in and out of consciousness, her only means of communicating a blink of the eye. And then an angel appears. Known around town as the “Angel of Death,” Sister Anselm has devoted her life to working as an advocate for unidentified patients. To her burn patient, she is a savior. But to this Jane Doe’s would-be killer, Sister Anselm’s efforts pose a serious threat.
Ali Reynolds is on the scene as the new media relations consultant for the Yavapai County Police Department, keeping reporters at bay and circumventing questions about arson and a link to a domestic terrorist group called Earth Liberation Front. But her job quickly becomes much more. As Ali struggles to help Sister Anselm uncover the helpless woman’s identity, they realize that by locating the missing relatives they may be exposing the victim once more to a remorseless killer determined to finish the job. Faced with the possibility of putting all three of their lives in jeopardy,
Ali fearlessly pursues justice—and what she discovers is a secret even darker and more twisted than she ever could have imagined. With unerring skill, Jance delivers relentless suspense in what is surely her finest novel yet in this riveting and addictive series.
About the Author
Judith A. (J.A.) is the author of two mystery series. The J. P. Beaumont series features a Seattle homicide detective and includes the titles Without Due Process and Failure to Appear, American Mystery Award winners in 1992 and 1993, respectively. The Joanna Brady series follows the Cochise County (Ariz.) sheriff who is elected following her deputy sheriff husband's sudden death just prior to the election. Titles in this series include Desert Heat, Tombstone Courage, and Rattlesnake Crossing. Another Jance title, Hour of the Hunter, (not part of a series), is a psychological thriller set in Tucson's Native American community.
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