J.A. Jance Book Launch
Sept 20th | 11am | Prescott Valley Library
Join us at the Prescott Valley Library on Wednesday, September 20th at 11am for the launch of New York Times best selling author, J.A. Jance's latest mystery, Blessings of the Lost Girls, a Brady and Walker family novel.
With over 21 million copies of her books in print over a career spanning four decades, in 2018 perennial New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance was honored with the Strand Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award as “one of the finest practitioners of the suspenseful thriller.”
J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds Series, as well as a series of Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family, a volume of poetry, and more. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, she lives with her husband and their two dogs in Seattle and Tucson.
About the Book | Blessings of the Lost Girls
Federal investigator Dan Pardee, Brandon Walker’s son-in-law, crosses paths with Sheriff Joanna Brady as he traces the bloody path of a merciless serial killer across the Southwest in this intense thriller.
Driven by a compulsion that challenges his self-control, the man calling himself Charles Milton prowls the rodeo circuit, hunting young women. He chooses those he believes are the most vulnerable, wandering alone and distracted, before he strikes. For years, he has been meticulous in his methods, abducting, murdering, and disposing his victims while leaving no evidence of his crimes—or their identities—behind. Indigenous women have become his target of choice, knowing law enforcement’s history of ignoring their disappearances.
A cold case has just been assigned to Dan Pardee, a field officer with the newly formed Missing and Murdered Indigenous People’s Task Force. Rosa Rios, a young woman of Apache descent and one-time rodeo star, vanished three years ago. Human remains, a homicide victim burned beyond recognition, were discovered in Cochise County around the time she went missing. They have finally been confirmed to be Rosa. With Sheriff Joanna Brady’s help, Dan is determined to reopen the case and bring long-awaited justice to Rosa’s family. As the orphaned son of a murdered indigenous woman, he feels an even greater, personal obligation to capture this killer.
Joanna’s daughter Jennifer is also taking a personal interest in this case, having known Rosa from her own amateur rodeo days. Now a criminal justice major, she’s unofficially joining the investigation. And as it becomes clear that Rosa was just one victim of a serial killer, both Jennifer and Dan know they’re running out of time to catch an elusive predator who’s proven capable of getting away with murder.