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Fatal Error

by J. A. Jance

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Synopsis: Ali Reynolds has completed the six-week course to become a police officer, but the economy keeps her out of uniform. However, that doesn’t keep her from becoming embroiled in a murder mystery that has her running all over the country tracking down clues. This multifaceted story begins with the unexpected arrival of an old acquaintance who requests Ali’s help in locating her fiancé and ends with multiple police and FBI involvement.
Review: This was an enjoyable read with lots of interesting character studies. Throughout you wondered if the ‘bad guy’ would or would not get away. While I like most of the characters in this book, the boyfriend still seems rather lame, probably because he goes by B. rather than his actual name. ( )
  DrLed | Nov 4, 2013 |
It's been a while since I read a JA Jance novel, and I don't know if my memory of previous novels is just overlaid with uncritical rosy delight or if this newish one is more simplistic than the ones I recall. Sure seemed more simplistic. But the suspense holds well, the characters have a bit of depth, the villain is suitably evil and grotesque... ( )
  jarvenpa | Mar 31, 2013 |
I like the character of Alie Reynolds. She's passed through the police academy but because of budget cuts wasn't picked for the force. She is asked for help by a friend who has been in an internet relationship with man to look into his situation since she believes he's missing. The man is scamming a bunch of women as a hobby while working at illegal off the books computer programming. Alie's friend is missing, there's a murder or two, a busybody neighbor's help, a local cop, a retired cop, Alie's boyfriend's security firm's help all before she becomes a grandmother. ( )
  Kathy89 | Aug 18, 2012 |
A nice light mystery - Ali Reynolds an early forties woman completes her police training but does not secure a job. In the interim her old friend contacts her after falling on hard times, alcoholism and having been duped into an engagement over the internet. A murder occurs, she teams up with the local detective and with her money and partner's internet security firm's help, solves the murder and rescues her friend who has been taken hostage. ( )
  CarterPJ | Apr 28, 2012 |
In “Fatal Error” Ali Reynolds, the primary character, takes her training in the Arizona Police Academy. She is older than the other candidates and is also a woman, so although her training is not without challenges, she is successful and on successful completion looks forward to returning home and working as a police office when budget cuts begin to have an impact of local police forces. At the same time a former acquaintance Brenda Riley, a former colleague contacts her and then goes missing. She has become an alcoholic and comes form a very dysfunctional family. Is she missing on a drunken trip which is her history?

This is a story that combines the issue of computer relationships, misrepresentation during dating, cyber-stalking and old fashioned mysteries combined with police work and is full of action and fun. It is a light and good read and I finished it easily. ( )
  WeeziesBooks | Nov 29, 2011 |
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When Brenda Riley, a colleague from Ali's old news broadcasting days in California, shows up in town with an alcohol problem and an unlikely story about a missing fiancé, Ali reluctantly agrees to help. The man posing as Brenda's fiancé is revealed to be Richard Lowensdale, a cyber-sociopath who has left a trail of broken hearts in his virtual wake. When he is viciously murdered, the police soon focus their investigation on Brenda.… (more)

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