Summary

Brandon Walker, once the sheriff of Pima County, Arizona, no longer feels he has purpose. A reluctant retiree living in the long shadow of his wife, Diana Ladd, a successful author of true-crime books, he is bored with life. Salvation comes with an invitation to join The Last Chance, an exclusive fraternity of former cops and forensic experts who look into unsolved murders. One case is staring Brandon in the face with cold, dead, entreating eyes, an investigation that may have been mishandled by his department when he was a young lawman. For more than 30 years, the brutal murder of a local Papago girl has remained a mystery. The trail of the killer soon leads Brandon into a strange world at the unlikely border between forensic science and tribal mysticism: a place where evil hides behind a perfect facade. Now the seeds of terror sown three decades earlier are bearing awful fruit. A forgotten homicide in the Arizona desert is the beginning of a nightmare that is about to ensnare Brandon, the only person still alive who can unravel a truth more frightening than he ever imagined.
A novel that bristles with electrifying intensity and is alive with the breathtaking atmosphere and rich characterizations that have become J. A. Jance trademarks, Day of the Dead is a gripping and extraordinary journey into the darkness and the author's most spellbinding thriller to date.
©2004 J.A. Jance (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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"Jance's third suspense thriller to feature ex-sheriff Brandon Walker and his family deftly mixes Native American mythology with a harrowing plot." ( Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Howard on 25-08-04

Satisfying Read

I have read some of the Joanna Brady series books by J.A. Jance and although I enjoyed them, I found the characters a little too wooden. Although Day of the Dead seems to be an obvious attempt to recreate Tony Hillerman's works, that is fine with me. Although she uses so many characters it is hard to keep them straight for an audio listener, I thought her characterizations where much better than in previous works and the story seemed tighter. I do get a bit tired however of writers who always have children who are "straight A students," men who are "ruggedly handsome," or women who are so beautuful they put others "to shame." Although we know "who did it" from virtually the begining of the book, the enjoyment in this book is in the pursuit. I hope in her next book, she uses the geography of the southwest to greater effect. Hillerman does a much better job with that.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 04-07-09

Big Plot

J A is a wonderful writer and very complete in her plots and detail. I have loved all of her books, but this one was too much. There was so much detail and so many characters that it was really hard to follow. I had so much to remember before the primary plot that I was worn out by the time I was suppose to get in to the ending. This was a good story with too much detail to handle.

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