Jance, J. A.
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Police academy-trained former reporter Ali Reynolds is contacted to investigate the grisly murder of a gold-digging divorcee on behalf of the woman accused of the crime. Lynn Martinson is dating the dead woman's ex-husband, and her and her boyfriend's futures are on the line, in more ways than one. At the same time, Ali is drawn to the case of A. J. Sanders, a frightened teen with secrets of his own. He finds the body in the Camp Verde desert when he goes to retrieve a mysterious box buried by his absent father - a box that turns out to be filled with hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of poker chips.
When a second body is found in the desert, it seems that A.J.'s and Lynn's cases are more closely related than anyone could have imagined. Though Ali's friends in the police department grow increasingly irritated by her involvement, Ali must stop a ruthless killer from claiming another victim . . . before she is lost in the game of deadly stakes.