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Deadly Stakes

A thrilling mystery from New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance starring Ali Reynolds, who finds herself working against the police to clear two innocent names...with deadly stakes.

In Deadly Stakes, police academy-trained former reporter Ali Reynolds is contacted to investigate the grisly murder of a gold-digging divorcee on behalf of a woman accused of the crime. Lynn Martinson is dating the dead woman's ex-husband, and she and her boyfriend Chip Ralston have been charged.

Ali is simultaneously drawn to the case of A.J. Sanders, a frightened teen with secrets of his own. He's the first to find the body in the Camp Verde desert when he goes to retrieve a mysterious buried box hidden by his absent father--a box that turns out to be filled with hundreds of thousands of dollars in poker chips.

When the body of an ex-con is discovered near the first crime scene, Ali struggles to determine if A.J. and Lynn's cases are related. Though her friends in the police department grow increasingly irritated by her involvement with the cases, Ali must stop a deadly killer from claiming another victim...before she herself is lost in this game of deadly stakes.

NameReynolds, Ali
OccupationPolice consultant

    --Women sleuths
    --Police procedural
TopicsSearch for truth
Murder investigations
Divorced couples
Teenage boys
Related crimes

  Ali Reynolds mystery
1Edge of evil
2Web of evil
3Hand of evil
4Cruel intent
5Trial by fire
6Fatal error
7Left for dead
8Deadly stakes
9Moving target
9.5A Last goodbye (novella)
10Cold betrayal
10.5No honor among thieves (novella)
11.5Random acts
12Man overboard
13Duel to the death