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

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

By J. A. Jance

A Joanne Brady mysteryAndy Brady was once an excellent husband and candidate for Sheriff - until eventually a bullet destroyed his destiny. Now the police are claiming he used to be a maverick whose involvement in drug-running drove him to suicide. yet Andy's spouse, Joanna, is aware 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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In an agony of fear, she groped at his wrist. There was a faint, weak pulse, but his skin was icy cold to the touch. Rising panic threatened to engulf her, but she fought it off, rejected it. From some dim corner of memory, her Girl Scout first aid training reasserted itself and clicked into action. Shock. Andy must be going into shock. Once more she scrambled away from him, this time returning from the Bronco with the clean but worn blanket he always kept in the back seat with his first aid kit and tool chest.

Resigned to his fate and without another word, Lefty rose and moved toward the door with Vargas only half a step behind. When he opened the door, the desert’s over-powering September heat hit him full in the face, instantly drying his sweat-slick skin. As he stood on the shaky wooden step and looked around, he found, much to his surprise, that his limbs were no longer quaking. Knowing he had passed through the worst of the fear gave him renewed courage, restored his determination not to whimper or beg.

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. Joanna glanced at the speedometer.

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