Fatal Error by J.A. Jance is the 6th book in the “Ali Reynolds” suspense series. Publisher: Touchstone (Simon & Schuster), February 2011
Ali Reynolds begins the summer thinking her most difficult challenge will be surviving a six-week- long course as the lone forty-something female at the Arizona Police Academy—not to mention taking over the 6:00 AM shift at her family’s restaurant while her parents enjoy a long overdue Caribbean cruise. However, when Brenda Riley, a colleague from Ali’s old news broadcasting days in California, shows up in town with an alcohol problem and an unlikely story about a missing fiancé, Ali reluctantly agrees to help.
The man posing as Brenda’s fiancé is revealed to be Richard Lowensdale, a cyber-sociopath who has left a trail of broken hearts in his virtual wake. When he is viciously murdered, the women he once victimized are considered suspects. The police soon focus their investigation on Brenda, who is already known to have broken into Richard’s home and computer before vanishing without a trace. Attempting to clear her friend’s name, Ali is quickly drawn into a web of online intrigue that may lead to a real-world fatal error.
This was a thrilling ride that I didn’t want to get off. When Brenda arrive in town looking for a favor, Ali against her better judgment decides to help her. Little did they both know, they would become involved in a scheme with dangerous implications and it will take the resources that Ali has to stop it. This was a fast-paced, action-filled page turner that I could not put down. This book kept my attention from the first line to the last sentence with all the intrigue. This was a great read and I look forward to the next Ali Reynolds book.