J.A. Jance, a New York Times bestselling author with more than 21 million books in print, will appear at the New Canaan Library to introduce her latest thriller, "Deadly Stakes," at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the Adrian Lamb Room.

The new release is part of her popular series starring investigator Ali Reynolds. The event, part of the Authors on Stage series, is co-sponsored by Elm Street Books.

Jance returns to a familiar southwestern setting in "Deadly Stakes," where police academy-trained former reporter Reynolds has been contacted to investigate a grisly murder. A gold-digging divorcee has been found dead in Camp Verde desert and her ex-husband's girlfriend, Lynn Martinson, has been charged. Complicating the case are strange circumstances surrounding the troubled teen A.J., who found the body, and a new corpse (that of an ex-con) that turns up near the first crime scene. Reynolds must sift through the entanglements and stop a deadly killer before another victim is claimed.

Jance is the author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, and four southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Born in South Dakota, and brought up in Brisbee, Ariz., Jance and her husband live in Seattle, Wash., and Tucson.

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