Date: Reprint Feb 2003
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of the Hunter
By J A Jance
widow Diana Ladd and her son, Davy, are being stalked by a university
professor/ serial killer who framed Diana's husband for murder six
years ago. The professor has just been released from prison after
serving a sentence for killing a Native American girl.
the victim's grandmother, a Papago basket weaver wise woman, brings
in Native American dreams to try to trace the killer. Recognizing
the trademarks of the previous murder when another one is committed,
the sheriff begins his pursuit. This is a real page turner with
the suspense at a constant level. It is a frightening story of terror,
mysticism and sadism, a far cry from the author's J P Beaumont and
Joanna Brady stories. The final confrontation between the killer
and Diana is particularly brutal.
landscape and atmosphere of the Arizona country is vividly portrayed.
This contains a wealth of information about the Native Americans
of southern Arizona. There are stories about the creation of the
tribes; about the animals of the area; about the customs of the
tribes. These in themselves are a reason to read the book.