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PRAISE FOR
FATAL ERROR

“Jance keeps firm control of a believable yet complex plot that spins on contemporary issues of cyber stalking and the economic downturn … the plot never stalls and leads to a logical and exciting finale.”

—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“In her inimitable, take-no-prisoners style … main character Ali manages to disarm.”

—KIRKUS REVIEWS

“A captivating page-turner.”

—LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

“An exciting and carefully fashioned plot, [resolved] with a very satisfying ending.”

—I LOVE A MYSTERY

ALI REYNOLDS INVESTIGATES
two shocking cases of victims brutally left for dead in
New York Times
bestselling J.A. Jance’s latest mystery-thriller.

When Santa Cruz County deputy sheriff Jose Reyes, Ali’s classmate from the Arizona Police Academy, is gunned down and left to die, he is at first assumed to be an innocent victim of the drug wars escalating across the border. But the crime scene investigation shows there’s much more to it than that, and soon he and his pregnant wife, Teresa, both fall under suspicion of wrongdoing.

Ali owes Reyes a debt of gratitude for the help he gave her years earlier when she was dealing with a troubled friend. When she’s summoned to his bedside at Physicians Medical Center in Tucson, it’s impossible for her to turn away. And knowing Reyes as well as she does, Ali finds it hard to believe that he’s become mixed up in the drug trade, despite evidence to the contrary. Upon arriving at the hospital, Ali finds that her good friend, Sister Anselm, is there, too—working as a patient advocate on behalf of another seriously injured victim, an unidentified young woman presumed to be an illegal border crosser, who was raped and savagely beaten.

Ali becomes determined to seek justice in both cases and secure safety for both victims. Together with Sister Anselm and a conscientious officer who won’t let the case drop despite pressure from above, Ali digs for clues to find the true culprits.

Fast-paced, tension-filled, and intriguingly complex,
Left for Dead
is J.A. Jance at her riveting best.

J.A. JANCE
is the
New York Times
bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, and four interrelated southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

www.JAJance.com

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ALSO BY J.A. JANCE

A
LI
R
EYNOLDS
M
YSTERIES

Edge of Evil

Web of Evil

Hand of Evil

Cruel Intent

Trial by Fire

Fatal Error

J
OANNA
B
RADY
M
YSTERIES

Desert Heat

Tombstone Courage

Shoot/Don’t Shoot

Dead to Rights

Skeleton Canyon

Rattlesnake Crossing

Outlaw Mountain

Devil’s Claw

Paradise Lost

Partner in Crime

Exit Wounds

Dead Wrong

Damage Control

Fire and Ice

J. P. B
EAUMONT
M
YSTERIES

Until Proven Guilty

Injustice for All

Trial by Fury

Taking the Fifth

Improbable Cause

A More Perfect Union

Dismissed with Prejudice

Minor in Possession

Payment in Kind

Without Due Process

Failure to Appear

Lying in Wait

Name Withheld

Breach of Duty

Birds of Prey

Partner in Crime

Long Time Gone

Justice Denied

Fire and Ice

Betrayal of Trust

W
ALKER
F
AMILY
M
YSTERIES

Hour of the Hunter

Kiss of the Bees

Day of the Dead

Queen of the Night

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Jance, Judith A.

Left for dead: a novel / J.A. Jance.—1st Touchstone hardcover ed.

p. cm.

1. Reynolds, Ali (Fictitious character)—Fiction. 2. Murder—Investigation—Fiction. 3. Arizona—Fiction. 4. Mexican-American Border Region—Fiction. I. Title.

PS3560.A44L44 2012

813'.54—dc23                              2011029102

ISBN 978-1-4516-2858-6 (Print)

ISBN 978-1-4516-2862-3 (eBook)

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