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Cold Betrayal by J. A. Jance
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Cold Betrayal

by J. A. Jance

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  JackR.Preston | Apr 19, 2017 |
Ali Reynolds’s longtime friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm, rushes to the bedside of a young pregnant woman hospitalized for severe injuries after she was hit by a car on a deserted Arizona highway. The girl had been running away from The Family, a polygamous cult with no patience for those who try to leave its ranks. Something about her strikes a chord in Sister Anselm, reminding her of a case she worked years before when another young girl wasn’t so lucky. ( )
  bpascoe | Apr 16, 2016 |
Cold Betrayal is my first novel by J.A. Jance and I was quite impressed. It started off slowly, and introduced me to the principal, Ali Reynolds. Once the second storyline about a polygamist cult was introduced, the novel really took off for me.

Ali is a mature, intelligent woman and is supported by other strong but centered women, as well as having 2 strong males in her life.

As we have a vacation home in Arizona, I enjoyed the local setting and characters.

The characters are well drawn, even the peripheral ones and the writing style was straight forward and easy to read. The narrative proceeded in a logical manner.

While this is a mystery, the author handles the cult issue was the seriousness it deserves. I will definitely look into the other titles in this series and others by this author. ( )
  Zumbanista | Mar 26, 2016 |
J.A. Jance consistently writes novels that are fast-paced and complex. This was too, and I read it nearly cover to cover in one day.

This one is an Ali Reynolds novel (with her wonderful cook Leland, her husband B and his fantastic electronic security company, and her friend Sister Anselm the patient advocate). She gets involved in two issues: protecting her daughter-in-law's aging grandmother and investigating "The Family" and the pregnant girl who tried to escape it. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
Another good entry in an excellent series. Two sets of bad guys in two different places. Both crimes reprehensible, one horrifying. Jance's great set of characters keeps the stories moving well and your interest high. Nerds and a nun support Ali's intervention in a serious case of elder abuse and an even more serious one of human trafficking. ( )
  jamespurcell | Jun 15, 2015 |
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Revenge isn’t the only dish served cold...

Ali Reynolds’s longtime friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm, rushes to the bedside of a young pregnant woman hospitalized for severe injuries after she was hit by a car on a deserted Arizona highway. The girl had been running away from The Family, a polygamous cult with no patience for those who try to leave its ranks. Something about her strikes a chord in Sister Anselm, reminding her of a case she worked years before when another young girl wasn’t so lucky.

Meanwhile, married life agrees with Ali. But any hopes that she and her husband, B. Simpson, will finally slow down and relax now that they’ve tied the knot are dashed when Ali’s new daughter-in-law approaches her, desperate for help. The girl’s grandmother, Betsy, is in danger: she’s been receiving anonymous threats, and someone even broke into her home and turned on the gas burners in the middle of the night. But the local police think the elderly woman’s just not as sharp as she used to be.

While Ali struggles to find a way to protect Betsy before it’s too late, Sister Anselm needs her help as well, and the two race the clock to uncover the secrets that The Family has hidden for so long—before someone comes back to bury them forever.
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Ali Reynolds's longtime friend and taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm, rushes to the bedside of a young pregnant woman hospitalized for severe injuries after she was hit by a car on a deserted Arizona highway. The girl had been running away from The Family, a polygamous cult with no patience for those who try to leave its ranks. Something about her strikes a chord in Sister Anselm, reminding her of a case she worked years before when another young girl wasn't so lucky.

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