May 5, 2014

Moving Target by J.A. Jance

Moving Target by J.A. Jance is another excellent thriller in the series about Ali Reynolds, a police academy trained former reporter. Pick up with this book, or start at the beginning, and read the latest addition to the series. Either way, you’ll be in for a good read!

Book Description
In this instant New York Times bestseller and high-stakes thriller Ali Reynolds spans continents to solve a cold case murder and to figure out who wants a young juvenile offender dead.


Lance Tucker, an incarcerated juvenile offender doing time for expertly hacking into the San Leandro School District’s computer system, is set on fire and severely burned one night while hanging Christmas decorations in a lockup rec room. The police say that he did it to himself, but B. Simpson, Ali Reynolds’s fiancĂ© and the man who helped put Lance in jail, feels obligated to get to the bottom of what really happened. 

Lance is famous in the hacker world for developing GHOST, computer software that allows users to surf any part of the web completely undetected. And that kind of digital camouflage is seductive to criminal minds who will stop at nothing to get their hands on this revolutionary—and dangerous—technology. 

Meanwhile, in England, Ali investigates the decades-old murder of Leland Brooks’s father, which Leland himself was once suspected of committing. With Ali otherwise occupied and Lance receiving cryptic threats in the hospital, B. turns to Sister Anselm—a Taser-carrying nun and Ali’s close friend—for help protecting the boy. With unsolved crimes on both sides of the Atlantic, Ali, B., and Sister Anselm are united by their search for answers—though being thousands of miles away may not be far enough to keep Ali from being drawn into the deadly line of fire.Moving Target

My Thoughts
Moving Target focuses on two cases, so it is almost like getting two books in one. There is a cold case that involves Leland Brook’s family in England. There is also another case going on in Texas which involves a teen hacker that was set on fire. Somewhere around the middle of the book, these two cases which seemed to not be related at all, appear to be more connected than you may have ever thought.

This book in the series also helps flesh out some of the side characters more, which I quite like because it allows readers to get to know more of the characters, and thus, enjoy reading the series that much more. I really liked reading more about Ali’s friend, the taser carrying nun, Sister Anselm.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel by J.A. Jance and definitely recommend it to anyone who has read books in this series, or just enjoys a good thriller.

* Thank you to the publisher of Moving Target, Touchstone, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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