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Well, if you like mysteries, the answer is no. If you like romance, the answer is no. If you are a great Jance fan, and want to know how it all started, the answer is yes. Many reviewers have criticized the performer, but I really thought he was good. As I said, I didn't like Until proven guilty. However, I presume this is one of her early books, so I guess I could cut her a little slack. Yes, I will try another Jance. This is book one in the Beaumont series. I have read some of the newer books in the series, so it was great to read the first book.
It answers a number of questions about people that were briefly mention in passing in the new books such as Ann, and how Beaumont got his money. This book had more sex than the usual Jance novel I am glad she toned that down in the newer books. Liked the description of Seattle it like a mini trip to the city. Over all enjoyed the book now I will look for number two in the series. I admit I have not read the JP Beaumont book series in chronological order, having read four other books before the first one: Until Proven Guilty.
The other books alluded to the tragic backstory of Beaumont's relationship with Anne Corley, all of which is told in Until Proven Guilty. This turns out to be my least favorite of the books so far, and it's a good thing this is fiction because it strains anyone's ability to believe something like this story could ever happen. Without putting in spoilers, let me say that the Anne Corley that Beau fell in love with was a well-drawn character, beautiful, intelligent, courageous, charming, wise, gentle and passionate.
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She made a fine match for Beaumont and the story worked right up until the time she became "the other Anne". The few feeble "hints" J.
Jance laid down for the reader in no way raised any suspicion of what was supposed to be there. This was not a virtue -- it just made the end of the story seem a trumped up ridiculous soap opera that made me want to throw the book into the trash. It was like listening to a top-notch singer who sings the entire last number of a performance badly off-key. There was no way Anne Corley could have had the past attributed to her in the book; she would have been revealed long ago and become celebrated for it, kind of like the Unabomber was. I so wished for a different resolution of the mystery.
If this had been my first Beaumont novel I might not have continued reading the later ones, which are much less melodramatic and make far better detective novels.
To his credit, Gene Engene did his usual excellent job of reading all the characters. His reading style makes all the J.
Until Proven Guilty
Jance books all the more enjoyable. What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you? The reading was awful. The later ones are much better. What was one of the most memorable moments of Until Proven Guilty? The plot is good. I've read all of Jance's books. That's what made me download the next one. The plot and the author. I've read all the books, but I wanted my husband to familiarize himself with J. Beaumont as well. As a former law enforcement officer in WA State, I knew he would enjoy all the references to familiar places and events. I'm afraid there will be no more Audible books about J.
This narrator read it as if he was in the 40s or 50s, with long, drawn-out pauses for effect. Overall, it seemed very melodramatic and off, somehow. Eugene has a great voice; I just can't listen to him as J. What would have made Until Proven Guilty better? A different narrator. What was your reaction to the ending? No spoilers please! I am not sure if I will reach the end.
The narrator is killing it for me Any additional comments? The guy narrating this book sounds like a 70 year old retired broadcaster with a voice better suited to television commercials about viagra or scooters. In the sexy scenes I get grossed out. While reading this book, readers may notice several real Seattle folks operating as characters under their own names.
The right to be characters in this book was an item at several charity auctions in Seattle. Nobody is grieving over the death of Donald Wolf, a biotechnology corporation executive whose numerous criminal activities included illegally trading industrial secrets. Too many people, in fact, are almost too eager to take responsibility for his murder.
At the start of a brand new year, Seattle Homicide Detective J. Beaumont has his own life-shattering problems to worry about—from the imminent death of an ex-wife to trumped-up charges of child abuse. But the recently slain body floating in Elliott Bay is pulling Beau back to the job—leading him into a deadly morass of jealousies, personal betrayals, more corpses and corporate double-dealings. Hearing their story, I decided to put Northwest Mobility into this book just the way they were. For a change I was speechless.
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Holly Turner created the foundation of regional sales that presaged my national sales. I knew enough about ALS to know this was devastating news. A few days after hearing that news, I was out walking my dog and agonizing about whether or not I should call. Suddenly I remembered Northwest Mobility. I called Holly, telling her about Northwest Mobility. The next time I heard from her was a phone call which she returned from a motel in Florida where she and her husband were traveling in the van they had purchased from Northwest Mobility. When I put that part in the book, I thought it was something my readers would find interesting.
She succumbed to ALS less than two years after her diagnosis. A short story called Flash of Chrysanthemum in an anthology called Route 66 is my tribute to Holly Turner. The Seattle that J. Beaumont knew as a young policeman is disappearing. The city is awash in the aromas emanating from a glut of coffee bars; the neighborhood outside his condo building has sprouted gallery upon gallery; and even his long cherished diner has evolved into a trendy eatery for local hipsters. Beau and his new partner Sue Danielson, a struggling single parent, are assigned the murder of an elderly woman torched to death in her bed.
As their investigation proceeds, Beau and Sue become embroiled in a perilous series of events that will leave them and their case shattered—and for Beau nothing will ever be the same again. Beaumont learns that same lesson here. When I was preparing to write this book, I was asked to participate in a Silent Witnesses event. The figures of women and children were first painted red, then their names, dates of birth and dates of death were stenciled onto the red.
The event I attended was held at the Bellevue Art Museum. There, in a room hung with beautiful art, the entire perimeter was lined with those red figures, the Silent Witnesses. At that event I spoke to the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers of murdered women; to the grandmothers and grandfathers and aunts and uncles of murdered children. The seeds for Breach of Duty were sown in my participation in that event. Beaumont is still reeling from the brutal murder of his partner when he volunteers to accompany his elderly grandmother and her new groom on a honeymoon cruise to Alaska.
But murder stows away onboard. The first to go is a beautiful but acid-tongued woman who has brought along a tightly knit crew of tough-minded henchwomen who view Beau as a dangerous interloper. With his own emotions stretched to the breaking point, Beau is embroiled in a terrifying and puzzling case that brings the murder he wants to forget into deadly, point blank focus. One of the great things about being a writer is that everything is usable. Two cruises worth of experience went into the research for this book. We left Miami in seventeen foot seas.
If that constitutes an official product endorsement, so be it. I write on deadline. That means that I know there is a date certain by which time I must begin writing a book in order to finish it on time. In July of I was on tour with Outlaw Mountain. My plan was to begin writing the next Beaumont book on August first, as soon as I returned from tour. Beaumont began talking to me. Not only was he talking, it was clear he was on a cruise ship. The auction bug bit while I was getting ready to write this book.
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Because his donation was made to the endowment fund, that donation was matched dollar for dollar. Beaumont gets the call. He reluctantly heads off for Bisbee, Arizona where he tangles not only with Joanna Brady and a contract killer but with some of his own personal demons as well. After all, sometimes having two lead detectives on a single case is one detective too many. People often want to know where stories come from. Beaumont were ever going to meet. I knew that in order to write such a story, I would have to willingly suspend my disbelief for the six months to a year it would take for me to write such a book.
Based on that, my initial reaction was to dismiss the whole idea. In both fiction and real life, the Cochise County Justice Center is beautifully built. Unfortunately the architect of the real project was longer on aesthetics than he was on security. Two days later two of the desperadoes, still driving the stolen pickup, were captured in New Mexico.
A year or so later, the third was arrested in Florida. Then, four years later, the fourth was captured in. Tacoma, Washington. The man had been living in the Pacific Northwest long enough to marry. Once he was back in prison in Arizona, his wife staged an ill-fated and, I believe, fatal prison escape attempt. The next time someone—more specifically my editor—asked me if I could write a book where Beaumont meets Brady, I no longer had the excuse of thinking it could never happen in real life because obviously it could have.
As a consequence my disbelief did indeed suspend, and here it is— Beaumont Meets Brady. Beaumont has been hand-picked to lead the investigation into a half-century-old murder. An eyewitness to the crime, a middle-aged nun, has now recalled grisly, forgotten details while undergoing hypnotherapy. It's a case as cold as the grave, and it's running headlong into another that's tearing at Beau's heart: the vicious slaying of his former partner's ex-wife. What's worse, his rapidly unraveling friend is the prime suspect. Caught in the middle of a lethal conspiracy that spans two generations and a killing that hits too close to home -- targeted by a vengeful adversary and tempted by a potential romance that threatens to reawaken his personal demons -- Beaumont may suddenly have more on his plate than he can handle, and far too much to survive.
Years ago, at a signing in Sierra Vista, a fan asked for my address, saying she wanted to send me something. Weeks later, a brown Manila envelope arrived. Inside were reports, detailing a case in which forgotten memories provided the impetus to clear a case some fifty years cold. The police reports were fascinating as was the fact that an accomplice, then in her eighties, actually went to prison for the crime.
Run those police reports through the Waring Blender of my mind and fingers? The result is Long Time Gone. Beaumont is definitely back! The investigation of LaShawn Tompkins's murder seems straightforward enough. Upon his release from death row, the ex-drug dealer returned to his old neighborhood, where he was gunned down on his mother's doorstep. Just another case of turf warfare. At least that's what it looks like on the surface to Seattle investigator J. Beaumont, who's been handed the assignment under the strictest confidence.
But as Beau starts digging, the situation becomes more complicated than he'd thought. It appears that LaShawn really had turned over a new leaf at the King Street Mission and his murder was premeditated. Someone had targeted the man for death. Meanwhile, Beau's lover and fellow cop, Mel Soames, is given her own hush-hush investigation. A routine check on registered sex offenders has revealed a disturbing pattern: they're dying off at an alarming rate, and not all due to natural causes.
Details of the latest death suggest an inside job, and Mel isn't letting this go. Suddenly, Mel's investigation becomes entangled with Beau's, and the two begin to uncover a nightmarish conspiracy that could involve people in high places—including their own top brass. Six young women have been wrapped in tarps, doused with gasoline, and set on fire.
Their charred remains have been scattered around various dump sites, creating a grisly pattern of death across western Washington. At the same time, thousands of miles away in the Arizona desert, Cochise County sheriff Joanna Brady is looking into a homicide in which the elderly caretaker of an ATV park was run over and left to die. All the man has left behind is his dog, who is the improbable witness to some kind of turf warfare—or possibly something more sinister. Then a breakthrough in Beaumont's case leads him directly to the Southwest and into Brady's jurisdiction.
When the two met on a joint investigation years earlier, sparks flew. Under different circumstances, both of them admit, even more could have happened. But here, as the threads of their two seemingly separate cases wind together, Beaumont and Brady must put aside echoes of their shared past as they are once again drawn into an orbit of deception. Cochise County, both in fiction and in real life, shares an 80 mile border with Mexico. I don't think I'm wrong when I say that smuggling both people and drugs is the county's biggest cash crop.
Once the illicit drugs or immigrants land inside the US, the interstates become the distribution routes. With Bisbee on the southern end of that traffic and with Seattle at the far northern reaches, it's only natural the my two characters, J. Beaumont and Joanna Brady, would cross paths occasionally. Here's the second one of those.
At first glance, the video appears to be showing a childish game: a teenage girl with dark wavy hair smiles for the camera, a blue scarf tied around her neck. All of a sudden things turn murderous, and the girl ends up dead. Fortunately, the governor is able to turn to an old friend, J. Beaumont, for help. The Seattle private investigator has witnessed many horrific acts over the years, but this one ranks near the top.
Along with Mel Soames, his partner in life as well as on the job, Beaumont soon determines that what initially appears to be a childish prank gone wrong has much deeper implications. But Mel and Beau must follow this path of corruption to it's very end, before more innocent young lives are lost. I finished writing Fatal Error on a Friday afternoon and e-mailed it to my editor. That evening my husband took me out to dinner to celebrate.
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In our house, I write the books and he writes the checks. While I had been dealing with plot and character and pacing, he had been watching the cash flow. Because the Ali book was delivered later that we expected, he could see that the cash flow was coming to a very tight place.
So at dinner he asked me in what he thought was a completely inoffensive manner, "Have you given any thought to the next Beaumont book. I think I want the next Beaumont book to have something to do with the Washington state governor. Bill looked at me, made a face, and said, "That's a terrible idea!
I started writing Betrayal of Trust on Monday morning.
I wrote the whole thing in just at two months. There's nothing like being mad as a wet hen to build up a good head of steam!! It looks like a classic crime of passion to Detective J. Beaumont: two corpses found lovingly entwined in a broom closet of the Seattle School District building. When Karen left him for another man, Beau was sure that she would come back to him.
Karen never did, so Beau lived his life from day to day, and then this murder happened and it was destined to change his life. Ron Peters is Beau's newest partner who he has his own set of baggage dealing with his ex wife and his children. This case has an added importance to him because it touches a little too close to home.
When Beau attends little Angela's funeral he's intrigued by a mysterious woman in red who places a red rose on the child's coffin. Beau has never seen this beautiful woman before but he knows she isn't a member of Faith Tabernacle and no one at the funeral seems to know who she is. He feels compelled to speak to her, and so into his life walks Anne Corley. When Beau's old college fraternity brother and now nemesis, Maxwell Cole, tries to question Anne for his newspaper column, Anne tells him exactly what she thinks of him.
Beau is overwhelmed and attracted to this woman and, miracle of miracle to Beau, Ann seems to reciprocate the attraction. They hit it off at once. They immediately begin a love affair that eventually leads them to be married one week after they met. Beau thinks that Anne is unique and enigmatic, and a little strange. She told him that she is writing a book about children that were abused and then murdered and that she has made it a habit to go to all of their funerals as research for the book.
Beau is so caught up in Anne that he doesn't think straight, but Ron Peters, his partner, also thinks things are odd with Anne as well, and tries to persuade Beau not to marry her.