Missing and Endangered

Morrow. (Joanna Brady, Bk. 19). Feb. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9780062853462. $28.99. M
Joanna Brady wasn’t expecting a career in law enforcement. But when drug lords gunned down her deputy sheriff husband, who was campaigning to become sheriff, the town convinced her to run in his place. Now, she’s not only Sheriff of Cochise County, AZ—running a small department that is dwindling in staff size with little funding—but she’s a mother of a college-age daughter, and also a seven- and one-year-old. Amid trying to keep her department afloat, one of her officers is shot while serving a domestic violence protective order, and he killed a man in the process. As the investigation proceeds, Joanna is convinced the facts don’t agree with perception and vows to uncover the truth while ensuring the safety of the victim’s two young children. Adding to her worries, as her daughter, Jenny, makes plans to come home for Christmas—with roommate Beth in tow—Jenny and Beth become targets of a cyber-crime that turns deadly. Joanna must protect her daughter and her deputies as all hell breaks loose amid the sagebrush and saguaro cacti of the Arizona desert.
VERDICT Fans of police procedurals with a Southwestern flair will love Joanna’s determination to manage marriage, motherhood, and policing in this 19th “Joanna Brady” book (following Field of Bones).
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