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Who is J.A. Jance?

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Judith Ann Jance is an author who has written several series of horror and mystery novels that revolve around certain characters, such as J.P. Beaumont, a retired officer from the Seattle Police Department, and Joanna Brady, a sheriff from Arizona. Jance is also the author of the series featuring Ali Reynolds, a series on the Walker family mysteries and a poetry collection called "After the Fire."

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Born in South Dakota and raised in Bisbee, Arizona, the location of her Joanna Brady series, Jance divides her time living between Seattle and Arizona. She received a bachelor's degree in English and Secondary Education in 1966 and a masters of education in Library Science in 1970. She was a librarian at Indian Oasis School District in Sells, Arizona, which is located on a Native American reservation, before becoming a writer.

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