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Collateral Damage by J. A. Jance
Narrator: Karen Ziemba
Series: Ali Reynolds #17
Published by Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster Audio on March 14, 2023
Length: hours, minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Ali Reynolds’s husband, B. Simpson, is in an airport limo, when suddenly it is forced off the road. Both he and the driver are injured—but the real question is, who was the target? And who was the collateral damage?
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 really enjoy the unique characters in this series and how they have grown. Stuart has developed more personal skills. Cami is more confident in spite of her parents wanting her to pursue a different career. They are The HIgh Noon team is helping some hackers into a lawful career. I was happy Ali was able to visit with Leland.
But one of my favorite things now is the AI Frigg. They have to instruct her to separate the lawfully gathered to the illegally hacked info so they only bring forward the legal stuff to help law enforcement. But her reach just with regular public information is staggering. I cackle every time there is a howler – when she finds some critical relevant evidence.
In Collateral Damage, a criminal, formerly a cop, decides to get back at the people who put him away and hires for their murders. One of the detectives, now retired and driving limos for the people contact, is driving B. when the killer strikes. The local cop decides Ali is the one who tried to kill her husband. But there continue to be hits, some successful and others not, which the team puts together with evidence., keeping the local dimwit out of the loop I was satisfied to see the bad guys brought down which is par for the course in these stories.
Karen Ziemba is the narrator for the series and I enjoy her performance. She has varied and now familiar to me voices for each of the characters. I love her voice for Frigg! I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
Listen to a clip: HERE
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I’ve never heard of the author before. It sounds like this was a well written story.
She is amazing with her characters. She has 3 series and I love them all, but the earliest ones started before your time. I’ve read all of her JP Beaumont, Joanna Brady and Ali Reynolds books. The series are all different but I love them all. Joanna Brady is probably my favorite of the 3 series.
I’ll have to look into this series. It sounds like one I’d like. Thanks for letting me know it’s best read in order.
It has a lot of books Rachel. I love her other 2 series also. I’ve enjoyed all 3 of her series and have read every book in each series. It’s one of those long time reads like Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone or Sara Paretsky’s VI Warshawski.
It’s so cool that you are still enjoying this series.
The main character Ali has changed and grown a lot. She was a TV anchor and married, then widowed and worked in law enforcement. Now she is remarried and working with her new husband in high tech. There have been issues with her children and parents over the years, as well as stories more focused on friends and co-workers.
Glad you are enjoying this series.
The characters keep growing and changing. In all her series, Jance writes solid characters.
This sounds well done, Anne. Glad you are continuing to enjoy the series 🙂
I think the series are well-written with great characters. Some of it is a bit beyond realistic but mostly it is ordinary things.
This makes me want to read a mystery soon!
Mysteries are my easiest reads.