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damage_control-med.jpg"It's a suspensful adventure and a gruesome discovery that await Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady as the subsiding rains of an ominous thunderstorm expose an elderly couple that drive off a cliff in Coronado National Monument and reveal two trash bags with human remains ..." This is from the latest novel by part-time Seattle writer J.A. Jance, Damage Control, the 13th Joanna Brady mystery.

damage_control-med.jpg"It's a suspensful adventure and a gruesome discovery that await Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady as the subsiding rains of an ominous thunderstorm expose an elderly couple that drive off a cliff in Coronado National Monument and reveal two trash bags with human remains ..." This is from the latest novel by part-time Seattle writer J.A. Jance, Damage Control, the 13 Joanna Brady mystery. 

The story: On a beautiful sunny day in the Coronado National Monument, an elderly couple's car goes off the side of a mountain and into oblivion. The terrain is so rocky that a helicopter must be flown in to retrieve the bodies, and to make matters worse, a thunderstorm is looming on the horizon.

It's just another day in the life of Cochise County sheriff Joanna Brady.

Back at home, Joanna has a newborn baby, a teenage daughter, a writer husband, and a difficult mother to deal with. But in the field, it turns out that she has much more on her hands. The remains are those of a handicapped woman who had wandered away from a care facility with a suspicious track record. Another resident, with whom the woman may have been involved, has also been reported missing.

Meanwhile, a note is found in the glove compartment of the car lying twisted down the mountainside, stating that its occupants intended to take their own lives. Yet a contradictory autopsy report surfaces, and when the deceased's two daughters show up to feud over their inheritance, Joanna knows there is more to this case than just a suicide pact.

And she will go all out to find the truth—no matter where it leads.

Shop Local: Order Damage Control, priced at around $20, through Anacortes-based northwest-books.com or find it at Watermark Books in downtown Anacortes.

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