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The A List by J. A. Jance
Narrator: Karen Ziemba
Series: Ali Reynolds #14
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on April 2, 2018
Length: 11 hours, 24 minutes
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More than ten years after the abrupt end of her high-profile broadcasting career, Ali Reynolds has made a good life for herself in her hometown of Sedona, Arizona. She has a new house, a new husband, and a flourishing cybersecurity company called High Noon Enterprises, where her team of veritable technological wizards hunts down criminals one case at a time.
But the death of an old friend brings Ali back to the last story she ever reported: a feel-good human interest piece about a young man in need of a kidney to save his life, which quickly spiraled into a medical mismanagement scandal that landed a prestigious local doctor in prison for murder.
Years may have passed, but Dr. Edward Gilchrist has not forgotten those responsible for his downfall—certainly not Ali Reynolds, who exposed his dirty deeds to the world. Life without parole won’t stop him from getting his revenge. Tattooed on his arm are the initials of those who put him behind bars, and he won’t stop until every person on that Annihilation List is dead.
I have read all three series by J.A. Jance for a long time. I always recommend to read series in order. This Ali Reynolds series, is probably the least realistic of the three, and is not based on law enforcement personnel like the other series. I still love it. Ali was a news anchor who was briefly in law enforcement and now works with her husband’s high-tech firm.
I reviewed Man Overboard (#12). It involved AI, artificial intelligence. Then Duel to the Death (#13) picks up right where it ended. And I loved it so much! The focus was on Stuart Ramey and the AI more than Ali and B.
The A List covers many years, about 20, starting with Ali still in CA as a news anchor. She is not even in several parts of the story. The story ends in the present day when Ali is in danger. The AI Frigg is back in action, despite Stuart’s best efforts to make her access only legal information sources. Frigg pursues all important data without regard to legal aspects but saves lives.
I was captivated by the families and their precious children with health issues which might have been prevented. The mothers worked very hard to get and provide information to help everyone they could. What a tense story with the bad actors getting their way for far too long, but Ali with Frigg’s help brings them to justice using legal methods. The details of the “hits” by criminals out for revenge and Ali’s legal knowledge to stay within the law to thwart them were exciting
Karen Ziemba narrated this as well as the previous two books, so I am familiar and comfortable with her. I was able to listen at 1.5x as I have more recently rather than 1.25x speed in the past. She was easy to understand and the voices were a bit different for each of the characters. I love her voice for Frigg! The performance added to my enjoyment of the mystery plot.
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