Edge of Evil

Version: Unabridged
Author: J.A. Jance
Narrator: Susanna Burney
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Thriller
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
Published In: January 2006
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 9 minutes
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Television journalist Alison Lawson has been ousted from her job in Los Angeles in favor of a younger woman. In her mid-forties, Alison faces not only the end of a lucrative career, but the end of a ten-year marriage to a cheating studio executive. Escaping to Arizona, Alison begins blogging for therapy, and to help others deal with being cut loose--from marriages, jobs, life. Her writing soon touches a chord with many women, but threatening posts start to haunt her and the death of a friend may not be what it seems. When the woman who replaced her on TV is mysteriously murdered, Alison recognizes that she must find the killer before she is cut loose once and for all.

Reviews (4)

Edge of Evil

Written by Wendy on January 30th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was on the edge of your seat suspence novel. I stayed in the car after I was home just to hear what was going to happen next.. Loved this story and this auther...

Edge of Evil

Written by Anonymous on February 16th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I just finished listening to this book and I enjoyed it, but having read the blurb on this web site, I kept waiting for the person who replaced her on the news to be murdered and it never happened. I believe by cd 5 I realized that was a mistake in the plot summary. It was interesting to listen to a J A Jance book that wasn't about Joanna Brady.

The Edge of Evil

Written by PS on December 16th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I did not enjoy this book. It was not clear as to what the exact issue was. Was it domestic violence, age discrimination, women being cheated on by their husbands, starting a new life, or what? The subject matter was everywhere. There was also a lot of details that didn't lead to anywhere in particular. I would not recommend it.

Edge Of Evil

Written by Anonymous on September 30th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very good. Kept your interest all the way. But I really like J.A. Jance's books......

Author Details

Author Details

Jance, J.A.

Considering J. A. Jance's now impressive career -- which includes two massively popular mystery series and status as a New York Times bestseller -- it may be difficult to believe that she was initially strongly discouraged from literary pursuits. A chauvinistic creative writing professor advised her to seek out a more "ladylike" job, such as nurse or schoolteacher. Moreover, her alcoholic husband (a failed Faulkner wannabe) assured her there was room in the family for only one writer, and he was it. Determined to make her doomed marriage work, Jance put her writing on the back burner. But while her husband slept, she penned the visceral poems that would eventually be collected in After the Fire.

Jance next chose to use her hard times in a more unlikely manner. Encouraged by an editor to try writing fiction after a failed attempt at a true-crime book, she created J. P. Beaumont, a homicide detective with a taste for booze. Beaumont's drinking problem was clearly linked to Jance's dreadful experiences with her first husband; but, as she explains it: "Beaumont was smart enough to sober up, once the problem was brought to his attention. My husband, on the other hand, died of chronic alcoholism at age 42." So, from misfortune grew one of the most popular characters in modern mystery fiction. Beaumont debuted in 1985's Until Proven Guilty -- and, after years of postponing her writing career, Jance was on her way.

As a sort of light flipside to the dark Beaumont, Jance created her second series in 1991. Inspired by the writer's happier role as a mom, plucky small-town sheriff Joanna Brady was introduced in Desert Heat and struck an immediate chord with readers. In 2005, Jance added a third story sequence to her repertoire with Edge of Evil, featuring Ali Reynolds, a former TV reporter-turned-professional blogger.

And so, the adventures continue! A career such as Jance's would be extraordinary under any circumstances, but considering the obstacles she overcame to become a bestselling, critically acclaimed novelist, her tale is all the more compelling. As she explains it: "One of the wonderful things about being a writer is that everything -- even the bad stuff -- is usable."