Moving Target

Moving Target

A Novel

Book - 2014
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In this instant New York Times bestseller and high-stakes thriller Ali Reynolds spans continents to solve a cold case murder and to figure out who wants a young juvenile offender dead.

EVEN GHOSTS CAN'T HIDE FOREVER.

Lance Tucker, an incarcerated juvenile offender doing time for expertly hacking into the San Leandro School District's computer system, is set on fire and severely burned one night while hanging Christmas decorations in a lockup rec room. The police say that he did it to himself, but B. Simpson, Ali Reynolds's fiancé and the man who helped put Lance in jail, feels obligated to get to the bottom of what really happened.

Lance is famous in the hacker world for developing GHOST, computer software that allows users to surf any part of the web completely undetected. And that kind of digital camouflage is seductive to criminal minds who will stop at nothing to get their hands on this revolutionary-and dangerous-technology.

Meanwhile, in England, Ali investigates the decades-old murder of Leland Brooks's father, which Leland himself was once suspected of committing. With Ali otherwise occupied and Lance receiving cryptic threats in the hospital, B. turns to Sister Anselm-a Taser-carrying nun and Ali's close friend-for help protecting the boy. With unsolved crimes on both sides of the Atlantic, Ali, B., and Sister Anselm are united by their search for answers-though being thousands of miles away may not be far enough to keep Ali from being drawn into the deadly line of fire.

From the New York Times bestselling author hailed for her "inimitable, take-no-prisoners style" ( Kirkus Reviews ), Moving Target sends Ali on a transatlantic adventure and straight into the path of a ruthless killer.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2014
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476745008
1476745005
Branch Call Number: M JAN
Characteristics: 340 pages ;,24 cm

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LauraSteinert
Jul 01, 2016

I've read everything J.A. Jance has published (and own over 40 of them). This is not my favorite set of characters, but there is Jance on every page fighting injustice, demanding that people take their heads out of the sand and discover what is going on in the would when we would rather not see it. Good for her. Some comments mention the "device" of a rich husband providing perks the 99.9% of us never experience, but that seems a harsh criticism against a woman author when men like Stuart Woods sell 30 novels with the IDENTICAL plot, no redeeming social value, and rich people give his main character 5 million dollar yachts, bullet proof cars and airplanes (usually because he is good in bed). Yes, Ali Reynolds' is a fantasy life, but short of a fairy godmother it is one escape many/most women have wished for on occasion. If you are from the SW read Joanna Brady series instead. If you are PNW start with J.P. Beaumont series.

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DorisWaggoner
Nov 27, 2015

The two subplots here don't solve each other, as often happens in Jance stories. The pace is still heart stopping, and both topics are very timely. It's fun to see Ali and Leland function in totally new settings. A whole new side of Leland and his life before becoming major domo to Ali is explored here. We also learn more about the details of what B. does for a living. A satisfying outing.

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lpreston214
May 29, 2014

Another good entry in the Ali Reynolds series. To enjoy this series (especially the more recent books) you have to ignore 1. the characters have unlimited monies to charter planes, hire helicopters, rent Land Rovers, stay at 4 star hotels etc. 2. The cybersecurity people in the story can hack into anything and nobody in the story really cares that the info gathering is illegal (they're good guys after all) 3. our heroes never get into trouble with the cops even though they get into shootouts, kill people etc. These things aren't necessarily out of the norm for this type of novel anyway so it's not too hard. In this one, a teen hacker gets caught between those who want his program for good and for evil. In a side story that's kind of awkward, Ali accompanies Leland Brooks to England to meet some family members and solve an old mystery.

karcoldelharvic5 May 02, 2014

A good read, though I agree sometimes trying to flip back and forth between stories was difficult.

LaughingOne Apr 21, 2014

I like the Ali Reynolds series. I enjoyed learning more about Leland and his life before Arizona. The two distinct stories did get a bit confusing, especially because there was some overlapping. But it was an enjoyable read all in all.

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cat13
Apr 08, 2014

It does get a bit confusing going between Leland's story and the main story but it all gets tied up at the end. Enjoyed the book.

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johncruse
Feb 21, 2014

Has an agenda. Slow. Not typical Jance. Ghost written?

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Rangersmom
Jan 02, 2014

Looking forward to audio copy of it

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