The A List

The A List

Book - 2019
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Ten years ago, when Ali Reynolds's high-profile newscaster life blew up on the West Coast, she went back home to Sedona, Arizona, to reinvent herself. Now while she's living her new life, someone from her past comes asking for help. But will revisiting the past jeopardize her future?
Publisher: New York, New York ; Toronto : Gallery Books, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781501151019
Characteristics: 355 pages ;,24 cm.

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The 'Daneille Steel of mystery fiction is back with yet another bad novel: why does kcls order so many copies of this terrible writer?

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mimimcl
Jul 10, 2019

I lost interest in the characters about half way through as most of the ones I liked or care about were killed off and did not like the plot between the mother and son to get rid of the others, so did not finish.

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hburton2
Jun 18, 2019

Just finished my 8th Nance book and even better then I expected. The ending was not predicted and suspenseful to the end. Will be looking for more of her books.

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johncruse
Jun 16, 2019

A disappointment. No suspense. Just a listing of bad characters and their actions. A waste of time. Jance has written some good books but this is not one.

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zonie1
Jun 08, 2019

JA Jance doesn't disappoint! Her latest book takes you on an nail biting ride. Loved the development of the characters, and the way it was all wrapped up!!

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downingenator
Jun 03, 2019

Disappointed. How many times must the basics of the plot be repeated? Didn't actually "take off" for me until page 98. Need another J. P. Beaumont.

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McAnnieG
May 15, 2019

Book 14 in this series contains a brief synopsis of each of the previous books handled in a manner that does not bog down the current plot - quite a feat! This gives new readers the character background to be able to connect with Ali Reynolds, making this a possible stand alone.

A fertility doctor's shortcuts are revealed when a young man's search for a kidney donor turns up a look-a-like and eventually eighteen young people whose DNA says they are half siblings.

Seeking revenge for his life without parole sentence for the murder-for-hire death of his first wife, Edward Gilcrest creates his A for annihilate list that includes Ali Reynolds.

Fast paced thriller where technology plays a huge part in digging up the truth and spying in real-time with the help of Fritz (an AI).

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DM_kcls
May 04, 2019

After waiting so long to finally get a copy from KCLS, I was disappointed with ‘The A List'. The premise on which it's based in indeed a fascinating one, but beyond that there was little oomph in the first three-quarters of the book. Even the planning and completion of the revenge crimes during that first three-quarters were boring and uninspired.

Ali Reynolds has never been my favorite Jance character although she beats out Joanna Brady by having a bit more spunk. In the novels about both, I always feel the supporting characters, even those on the opposite side of the law are more interesting than those two. In ‘The A List’, the characters that shine out are the heroine mother who exposed the criminal and his abhorrent behavior and the obstinate AI, Frigg, that tends to go its own way with plenty of attitude. Ali Reynolds is just in the right place at the right time, both at the beginning and the end, to have her name attached to the story. This story would have been better served as a stand alone rather than forced into being a vehicle for Ali Reynolds.

It's time for J. A. Jance to move back to J. P. Beaumont and in doing so focusing on the TLC, The Last Chance, which is a group of retired law enforcement experts who look into cold cases. There is a wealth of opportunity there for interesting and exciting work.

2.5 stars

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js7496
Feb 16, 2019

Ali reynolds

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