Publisher: William Morrow, September, 2015
Why I Wanted To Read This Boook:
When asked to join the TLC Book Tour, I agreed immediately just because I wanted to read another book by the author. J.A. Jance has written over fifty books which includes four major series. With this new book, Dance of the Bones, J.A. Jance did a very creative thing for a series writer — she took the main character from one series and put him together with another major character from another series. They are J.P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker.
What the Book Is About:
Prospector Amos Warren and Big Bad John Lassiter, his young protégé, were as close as father and son until a violent argument tore them apart. The next day, Amos disappeared, never to be seen again. Years later, his bones were found in the desert. All signs pointed to John Lassiter, and Detective Brandon Walker made the arrest in the case.
Now, more than four decades later, the retired Walker is called in when TLC—The Last Chance, a group of retired cops, criminalists, medical examiners, and district attorneys who devote their time and experience to solving stone-cold homicide cases—looks into the killing. Lassiter can get out of jail now for time served if he’ll plead guilty to a lesser charge, but he refuses to cop to a crime he didn’t commit. Lassiter’s daughter, Amanda Wasser, wants Brandon and TLC to find Amos’s “real” killer and clear her father’s name.
Brandon Walker’s search to find the truth about Amos’s killer eventually leads sixteen hundred miles north to Seattle, to an unsolved murder that could be connected to the case. Thanks to a mutual friend, Brandon gets in touch with crack investigator J. P. Beaumont. With the Special Homicide Investigation Team disbanded and his wife away at a conference, the retired Beau has plenty of free time to help, even though he’s skeptical about Lassiter’s claims of innocence.
J. P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker’s meeting proves all too crucial, for soon these seasoned detectives must pool their personal and professional expertise when someone close to Brandon falls into the hands of a cold-blooded killer involved in a recent multiple homicide—who may also hold the key to the cold case.
The story is set in the Southwest, actually Arizona which I like. My first impression was that of a Tony Hillerman book. At the beginning of each chapter there was a portion of an old Indian folk tale. I loved it. It was a good match to the modern-day story.
Even though I knew who the “bad guy” was for quite a while during the story, it didn’t bother me. The real mystery was how the “bad guy” was going get caught. There were lots of twists and turns that made me stay with the story.
Another interesting part of the book for me was the fusion of the characters. I was not familiar with the author’s two series, but I had no trouble. Melding the characters from two different series was smooth and natural.
I will confess to wishing I’d read at least some of the previous books in the series because these were “good people.” My only complaint was that there were a lot of them. A list of the “cast of characters” at the beginning would have been nice. If the author put all of these characters together in another novel, I’d read it.