The Old Blue Line: A Joanna Brady Novella

The Old Blue Line: A Joanna Brady Novella

by J. A. Jance

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Butch Dixon has been taken for a ride …

Not a jump in the car, see the sights kind of ride. He's been taken for everything he has. He's lost his house, his restaurant business, his savings, his car, his best friend, his faith—all to his conniving ex-wife. But that was seven years ago. He picked himself up, left Chicago, and started over in Peoria, Arizona, running the Roundhouse Bar and Grill. He doesn't look back on those bad years; there's no point. Not until two curious cops show up at the Roundhouse.

Faith, Butch's ex-wife, has been murdered, and the evidence points to him. Stunned, Butch quickly realizes that the black-hearted woman is going to ruin him again, from her grave. Lucky for Butch, the Old Blue Line, a group of retired—but still sharp and tenacious—former legal and law enforcement coots, have taken it upon themselves, as a favor, to make sure he doesn't cross that thin line. After the dust settles, Butch's life is again upended—when a little red-haired ball of fire, Sheriff Joanna Brady, takes a seat at his bar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062366924
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/22/2014
Series: Joanna Brady Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 56,199
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and five interrelated thrillers about the Walker family, as well as a volume of poetry. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.


Bellevue, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 27, 1944

Place of Birth:

Watertown, South Dakota


B. A., University of Arizona, 1966; M. Ed. in Library Science, University of Arizona, 1970

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The Old Blue Line: A Joanna Brady Novella 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is really short but it is also one of the most well-written and engaging short stories I have had the pleasure to read. Stephanie Clanahan
Twink More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 J.A. Jance writes a number of series, but my favourite is Sheriff Joanna Brady. The Old Blue Line has been marketed as 15.5 in the series, as it is a novella. (The newest novel, Remains of Innocence has just released.) The Old Blue Line is actually Joanna's husband, Butch Dixon's story. Jance takes us back to the days before Butch met Joanna. Butch lost everything to his ex-wife seven years ago. He's made a new life for himself and no runs the Roadhouse Bar and Grill. But when the ex-wife is found murdered, Butch is the prime suspect. Even in death, Faith is out to get him. But Butch has friends - namely The Old Blue Line gang - retired cops and lawyers that are determined to clear Butch's name. Butch has always been a great supporting player in the Brady books, but we really don't know too much about his background. This little novella is told completely in Butch's voice. ( Joanna only makes an appearance in the last few pages.) The mystery in this case is short and sweet, as is the book, but it's still enjoyable. It was more about getting to know Butch better. Although, I'd like to see more of The Old Blue Line gang in future books. I actually chose to listen to The Old Blue Line. The reader was James Eckhouse. Eckhouse's voice is pleasant and easy to listen to, with clear diction. He's an expressive reader, using his voice to good effect. Eckhouse works as an actor and is good 'performer' in audio format as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are the best. Read this book today.
Kelly7278 More than 1 year ago
It's nice to see Butch's story before Joanna. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a good quick read. Too much time setting up the story then it he murder was suddenly solved. I was a little disappointed, but understood it was a novella
Dantzr More than 1 year ago
Finally... we learn who Butch Dixon is!! He has been one of my favorite of Lady Jance's characters over the years, but he has only let a little about himself out to the masses. This story lets us see him back before he met Joanna and events leading up to the first meeting. Ms. Jance has always had a wonderful way with words... great descriptions of people, places and things... but she seems to have tightened everything up a bit. Still just as descriptive but here, it seems you know the character she is describing even before you realize she is describing them. And the characters are prefect for this story. Butch is being very carefully framed and old friends and new friends help him to sort the mess out. This is a must read for Joanna Brady fans... and for anyone who enjoys a darn good book!!! I am both... and I enjoyed the dickens out of it!!!
funmysterylover More than 1 year ago
loved it! great read, I didn't want to put it down!
Pippen More than 1 year ago
It is so nice to slip into a comfortable J.A. Jance book. I enjoyed reading more about Butch. She ties up all of her lose ends so well at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book to learn about Butch's background leading up to meeting Joanna Brady! I enjoy all of the J.A. Jance novels and always look forward to reading the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed the Joanna Brady series. I also recommend the J.P. Beaumont series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading about Butch, and how he got to where he is now. I generally don't care for novellas, but this was a nice break from some of the heavier reading.
Mrsjonsey More than 1 year ago
Old Blue Line is a story about Butch Dixon and how is life is turned upside down upon the death of his ex-wife.  The twists and turns  in this story kept me in till the very end of the story.  It was a fast read but a good one.  I give it 4 stars.
JEGL More than 1 year ago
The Old Blue Line was only 50 pages long! This is not a regular book length and I felt cheated when I got to the end. The publisher added a long teaser of the next Joanna Brady series by J.A. Jance - maybe 35 pages - but that did not satisfy me that I had received my money's worth.
DelynnDR More than 1 year ago
J.A. Jance just writes a story so good you can't put it down this one is about a man wrongly accused of murder and all the old policemen go to bat for him.i can't wait for her next Joanna a Brady book.This is a must read author!! Love this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shorter than I was led to believe. I thought it was going to be an 88 page novella but it's really only about 50 pages. Not really worth the cost. Was under the impression it would be about Joanna Brady but it's actually about her husband Butch, and Joanna makes a very small appearance at the tail end of the story. Save your money...
I_like_clean_reads More than 1 year ago
First let me say that I totally get that this is a NOVELLA, not a full blown novel. Still, it was just so short that, by the time I finally got into it a little, it was over. I thought it was dry and disappointing, though, but I would assume that those who like the J. P. Beaumont series will probably enjoy this one more than I did. Let me just end my review, though, by saying it was no Joanna Brady novel. It did have a couple of interesting characters, but again, I'm not sure I would be interested in any "Butch Dixon" inspired novels in the future.
binglebella More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed- short by gave a little insight on her husband's background!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good character introduction of characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How do you do it, Judith?!! Love every one of your these short, quick bookshots too. Enjoyed meeting you in Coos Bay OR when you toured here a while back. Always a pleasure to know there are interesting, smart women like you in my world who have persevered and prospered. Thank you for becoming an excellent, outstanding writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poor value!
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J.A, Jance: new author to me. Loved her book 'The old Blue Line' and will look for more books by her.