Collateral Damage by J. A. Jance
3/14/23; 320 pages
Ali Reynolds Series #17
Collateral Damage by J. A. Jance is a highly recommended mystery/procedural and the seventeenth novel in the Ali Reynolds series.
After 20 years in prison former cop Frank Muñoz is being released on
parole and revenge is on his mind. Targets include his wife, mistress,
and the police detectives involved in his case. One of the former cops,
Hal Holden, is now retired and works as a chauffeur. Ali Reynolds'
husband, B. Simpson, founder of the
cybersecurity company High Noon Enterprises, is heading to a conference
on ransomware in London, England, and Hal is the one driving him to the
On the way there is an accident that appears suspicious and both Hal and B. are seriously injured. B. insists that Ali represent High Noon at the conference and also that the accident was done purposefully. Ali attends but also becomes a suspect. She wonders who would be trying to stop B. from attending the conference or was Hal the target?
This is a fast-paced, complex plot with a whole lot of information
and action going on. There are plots and subplots and so many pieces to
this puzzle that you have to pay close attention to details to follow
everything that is occurring. There are also a multitude of characters
that require recognition throughout the plot. You may wish you had High
Noon's AI helper, Frigg, to assist you, just as characters have to rely
on in the narrative for information.
However, it is an engaging investigation that is action-packed and
will hold your attention until the satisfying conclusion. The characters
are all interesting and distinctive as individuals. It is very enjoyable, but, admittedly,
this is my first Ali Reynolds novel and it would have helped if I was
acquainted with the series and reoccurring characters before jumping
into the seventeenth installment.