Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont investigates a dark and deadly conspiracy that reaches deep into the halls of state government in this latest thriller from New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance.
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. It’s as bad as a snuff film can get, and what’s worse, the clip has been discovered on a phone that belongs to the grandson of Washington State’s governor. However, the boy, who has a troubled background, swears that he’s never seen the victim before.
Fortunately, the governor is able to turn to an old friend, J. P. Beaumont, for help. The Seattle private investigator has witnessed many horrific acts over the years, but this one ranks near the top. Even more shocking is that the crime’s multiple perpetrators could be minors. Along with Mel Soames, his partner in life as well as on the job, Beaumont soon discovers that what initially appears to be a childish prank gone wrong has much deeper implications, reaching into the halls of state government itself. But Mel and Beau must follow this path of corruption to its very end, before more innocent young lives are lost.
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©2011 J.A. Jance (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
Engaging, engrossing,suspenseful until the end. Well narrated. Great book
Lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing
Personally, I found this book to be very enjoyable -- if you like murder mysteries, which I do, then I think you will too. I had never listened to the J.P. Beaumont Series of books before and if they are all this entertaining, then I know I've got 19 others I can enjoy -- since this is Book 20, apparently. I'm always amazed by the different reviews for a book -- I'm reading them and thinking, hey, this is right up my alley and then BOOM somebody invariably (or several somebodies) will write a really bad review. I guess that's just another example of how we are all different. I would recommend this book. I like it.
Audible, you suggested JA Jance books and my friend and I really got hooked on them! The Beaumont ones are great because J.A. Horne must be Beaumont in real life! I like the books about Beaumont much better than Jance's books ( "ala Tony Hillerman, of Indian lore) because I loved Hillerman, and think Jance's works are not as good when in shadows of another outstanding author. Thanks for your introduction to her!
I love this series, but the narration ruined the storytelling!
Having J.P. reunite with his paternal family was one of the most memorable moments in the book.
The narration was flat and lacking variation in tone and inflection.
I was excited about the release of the book, but was sadly disappointed in the narration.
The continuation of the J.P. Beaumont series
This book isn't as good (or intricate) as previous books.
The performance was real good. Brought the different characters to life.
Not necessarily. I can't consider it a
I like J.A. Jance as an author. So far I have been reading three of series: J.P. Beaumont; Joanna Brady; Ali Reynolds. The best series is Ali Reynolds because the stories seem to be a bit more sophisticated and harder to firgure out either
The reader makes no attempt to change voices with the various characters so you never know who is talking until he tells you at the end of the speech or sentence. Very distracting
It's a shame I love the Beaumont books and have listened to them all multiple times but so far the right reader has not been used, I think we are into the third or forth one. This last one did not provide any change between characters so it is hard to follow who is doing what. The story was great, and its nice to see Beaumont move forward in life.
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