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Edge of Evil
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Edge of Evil
Alison Reynolds Series, Book 1
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Successful, high-profile TV journalist Alison Reynolds' career came to an abrupt stop when top executives decided they needed a "younger face." As if that wasn't enough, it seems her husband wants a "younger face" as well. With a dead career and a divorce pending, Ali feels she has no reason to stay in Los Angeles and heads back home to Sedona, Arizona when she hears of the mysterious death of a childhood friend. But now it appears that the dark and ominous circumstances surrounding her friend's death are encircling her as well...and a killer is closing in for the kill.

Successful, high-profile TV journalist Alison Reynolds' career came to an abrupt stop when top executives decided they needed a "younger face." As if that wasn't enough, it seems her husband wants a "younger face" as well. With a dead career and a divorce pending, Ali feels she has no reason to stay in Los Angeles and heads back home to Sedona, Arizona when she hears of the mysterious death of a childhood friend. But now it appears that the dark and ominous circumstances surrounding her friend's death are encircling her as well...and a killer is closing in for the kill.

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  • AudioFile Magazine It's bad enough that lead character Alison Reynolds is a snooty whiner who didn't mind age and gender discrimination when she landed her job as a television news anchor but now plans to sue because she was fired for a younger model. So why does Kris Faulkner add to this production's general unattractiveness by giving an out-of-place sultriness to an already annoying character? Reynolds continues her irritating behavior with complaints about having to baby-sit for an "ugly cat" after her girlfriend is murdered. So does she have to complain in a voice more suited to whispering in a lover's ear? But hurrah to Books In Motion for its user-friendly packaging. No need for sultry cursing while changing CDs. D.J.M. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    December 5, 2005
    At the start of this disappointing thriller from bestseller Jance (Long Time Gone
    ), Alison Reynolds, a 45-year-old Los Angeles television news anchor, loses her job, realizes her marriage is a sham and learns that her childhood friend Reenie Bernard has disappeared after being diagnosed with ALS. Alison efficiently handles the first two problems, hiring attorneys specializing in discrimination and divorce. With her supportive college student son, Chris, she heads for Sedona, Ariz., her hometown, to visit her sympathetic parents and await news of Reenie. When Chris sets up a blog for her, Alison, usually tense and judgmental, begins revealing herself to strangers, a practice that leads to a personal threat. After Reenie's body is found, the police pronounce her a suicide; Alison disagrees and begins to investigate her friend's life. The reader learns much about age and sex discrimination, spousal abuse, the effects of catastrophic illness on families and anonymous Internet communication. The result, though, is a polemical novel with poorly developed characters and predictable situations uncharacteristic of this talented author.

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