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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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