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Fatal Error

An Alison Reynolds Novel

By J.A. Jance

Fatal Error
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2011,
    368 pages.

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New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance delivers another pulse-pounding tale of suspense where no one is safe from a ...Fatal Error.

Ali Reynolds begins the summer thinking her most difficult challenge will be surviving a six-week- long course as the lone forty-something female at the Arizona Police Academy - not to mention taking over the 6:00 AM shift at her family's restaurant while her parents enjoy a long overdue Caribbean cruise. However, 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 women he once victimized are considered suspects. The police soon focus their investigation on Brenda, who is already known to have broken into Richard's home and computer before vanishing without a trace. Attempting to clear her friend's name, Ali is quickly drawn into a web of online intrigue that may lead to a real-world fatal error.

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"Spread over several months, the plot never stalls and leads to a logical and exciting finale." - Publishers Weekly

"This sixth outing in the series (after Trial by Fire, 2009) offers an entertaining mix of sleuthing and human relationships." - Booklist

"Formulaic, but as always main character Ali manages to disarm." - Kirkus Reviews

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J.A. Jance Author Biography

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J.A. Jance (Judith Ann) is the New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series, the J. P. Beaumont series, three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family, and the Ali Reynolds series.

Born in South Dakota in 1944 and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona. Before becoming an author, she worked as a school librarian on a Native American reservation, as a teacher, and selling insurance. She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

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