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Edge of Evil    by J. A. Jance order for
Edge of Evil
by J. A. Jance
Order:  USA  Can
Avon, 2006 (2006)
Paperback, Audio, CD, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

J. A. Jance, author of both the Joanna Brady and J. P. Beaumont series, gives her readers another very likable protagonist in Edge of Evil.

TV journalist Alison Reynolds has what could be called the bad week of all bad weeks. She loses her news anchor job to a younger woman; discovers her husband has not one but two girlfriends; and her oldest and dearest friend in the world dies - a supposed suicide. To top it off, she gains temporary custody of an ugly cat with an attitude. What more could go wrong? The book shows someone who definitely got out of the wrong side of bed in the morning. What could go awry, does.

Alison uses a blogpod to put her story out and it comes back to bite her quicker than her new cat. As the story unfolds, the plot becomes a vehicle to portray the hopelessness that abused women feel when trying to get protection from their abusers - a point well taken, that fits quite well with the action. All's well that ends well, and I have to admit I didn't catch the identity of the culprit until the last few pages.

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