Moving Target

A Novel

Moving Target

In this instant New York Times bestseller and high-stakes thriller Ali Reynolds spans continents to solve a cold case murder and to figure out who wants a young juvenile offender dead.


Lance Tucker, an incarcerated juvenile offender doing time for expertly hacking into the San Leandro School District’s computer system, is set on fire and severely burned one night while hanging Christmas decorations in a lockup rec room. The police say that he did it to himself, but B. Simpson, Ali Reynolds’s fiancé and the man who helped put Lance in jail, feels obligated to get to the bottom of what really happened.

Lance is famous in the hacker world for developing GHOST, computer software that allows users to surf any part of the web completely undetected. And that kind of digital camouflage is seductive to criminal minds who will stop at nothing to get their hands on this revolutionary—and dangerous—technology.

Meanwhile, in England, Ali investigates the decades-old murder of Leland Brooks’s father, which Leland himself was once suspected of committing. With Ali otherwise occupied and Lance receiving cryptic threats in the hospital, B. turns to Sister Anselm—a Taser-carrying nun and Ali’s close friend—for help protecting the boy. With unsolved crimes on both sides of the Atlantic, Ali, B., and Sister Anselm are united by their search for answers—though being thousands of miles away may not be far enough to keep Ali from being drawn into the deadly line of fire.

From the New York Times bestselling author hailed for her “inimitable, take-no-prisoners style” (Kirkus Reviews), Moving Target sends Ali on a transatlantic adventure and straight into the path of a ruthless killer.
  • Touchstone | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476745008 | 
  • February 2014
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This reading group guide for Moving Target includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Ali Reynolds and her infamous gang are at it again in Moving Target, this time solving two cases in two different countries simultaneously. While Ali and Leland Brooks visit England to reconnect with Leland’s long estranged family, unfortunate details about the death of Leland’s father decades earlier are brought to light, details Ali’s past has taught her not to ignore. Meanwhile, stateside, B. Simpson gets word that a young hacker whom he helped put in jail—Lance Tucker—is brutally attacked in his detention center. B. feels guilty about his role in imprisoning Lance and decides to help protect him from another attack B. believes to be imminent. As the story unfolds, the cases become more complicated and increasingly dangerous on both sides of the Atlantic.

Topics & Questions for Discussion

1. What is the significance of the title? Who or what is a moving target? In the end, is the target “hit” or not?

2. The first time we meet Lance Tucker is in the detention center. What was y see more

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About the Author

J.A. Jance
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J.A. Jance

J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, and the Joanna Brady series, as well as four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tuscon, Arizona. Visit her online at