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Queen of the night
J. A. Jance
Adult Fiction JANCE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Dedicated to the late Tony Hillerman, Jance's brilliant fourth suspense novel featuring former homicide detective Brandon Walker and his wife, novelist Diana Ladd (after Day of the Dead), spans some 50 years, from a murder in 1959 in San Diego to a rash of killings in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Tucson, Ariz., in 2009. Interwoven with these crimes are legends of the Tohono O'odham Indians (aka the Desert People) and the lives of such contemporary Native people as Lani Walker, Brandon and Diana's adopted daughter. Jance's masterful handling of a complex cast of characters makes it easy for the reader to appreciate the intricate web of relationships that bind them across generations. The title refers to the night-blooming Cereus, a desert plant that blooms once a year and is of great symbolic importance to the Tohono. Jance, perhaps best known for her J.P. Beaumont series (Fire and Ice, etc.), has crafted a mystery that Hillerman would be proud of and that her fans will love. 7-city author tour. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Jance's ( fourth Brandon Walker title follows Day of the Dead (2005), also available from Recorded Books/Harper-Audio. It is a somewhat complicated weave of plots and characters revolving around Arizona's Tohono O'odham nation. In it, unstable Jonathan Southhard kills his entire family in California and travels to Tucson, AZ, to find and exact revenge on his estranged mother, Abby. Enter Brandon Walker, his wife, and their adopted daughter; a Native war vet; and a dying cop haunted by an unsolved murder, each of whom has a story to tell. Not as compelling and well written as some of Jance's previous titles (namely, those from her Ali Reynolds and J.P. Beaumont series), this nod to author Tony Hillerman will nonetheless appeal to her fans as well as to fans of Nevada Barr, Kathy Reichs, and Faye Kellerman. Actor/narrator Greg Itzin does a fine job of voicing the wide cast of characters and with the many Native American words and touches.-Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Brandon Walker
Diana's husband; member of a privately funded agency that investigates cold cases; investigating the long unsolved murder of a Arizona State University coed.
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Diana Ladd Walker
Brandon's wife; haunted by the tragedy that happened to her twenty years ago.

Lani Walker
Brandon and Diana's adopted daughter; comes to the rescue of a little girl who has just lost her family.

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