New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance delivers an emotional and resonant mystery that takes us deep into Seattle detective J. P. Beaumont's past and raises challenging questions about duty, honor, and the debt that is owed to those who sacrifice their lives for their country.
Getting old is hell. J. P. Beaumont is finally taking some time off to have knee-replacement surgery. But instead of taking his mind off work, the operation plunges him into one of the most perplexing and mind-blowing mysteries he's ever faced. A series of dreams takes him back to his early days on the force with the Seattle PD, and then even earlier, to his days in Vietnam, reminding him of people and events he hasn't thought about in years.
When tugging on those threads from long ago leads to present-day murders, Beau's suspicions are confirmed. Some bodies from the second watch just won't stay buried. A masterful demonstration of J. A. Jance's superb craftsmanship, Second Watch is a thought-provoking novel that is also a poignant look at one of the most painful and divisive moments in our history - Vietnam - and a reminder of the staggering cost of war and the debts we owe to those who served then...and those who do now.
Performed by J. R. Horne
©2013 J. A. Jance (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
I am an avid eclectic reader.
After writing 20 books about Beaumont what can an author do different? Jance certainly came up with a unique twist for the twenty first book. I found the weaving of fiction with non-fiction a distinctive idea. Beau is in the having both knees replaced and has had some hallucination with his pain medication that triggers him to ask to open a cold case, his first homicide. He is also hallucinating about his Lieutenant from his Army days in Viet Nam. What Jance does with these two plots is interesting and different from her usual stories. One is non-fiction the other is fiction, there is of course suspense, some action, and humor as she weaves her story. In this book she also brings in Bisbee, Arizona and Sherriff Joan Brady in a brief appearance. J.R. Home did a good job narrating the book. If you are a fan of Jance you will enjoy her new book.
I love all of the JP Beaumont books, but this in particular was a standout. Full of insight and emotion for JP. Finally, a narrator who is as good as Gene Engene. Don't let him go please.
The authors notes at the end discussing how the idea for the book came about was fascinating. Glad the author didn't listen to a teacher who didn't believe in her writing dream. The books have given me hours of pleasure.
I still love this character. Even though he's agingg, JP still gets the answers. I like the personal touch from the author in this book.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
Author J.A. Jance lost her fantastic narrator, Gene Engene, several books ago (book 15?), and the replacement narrators have varied from "OK" to "just awful." J.R. Horne has stepped in for this latest (#21) in the series, and he did a fabulous job. I am so relieved.
This story is particularly well written, and makes use of all of the best characters in J.P.'s life and all of Ms. Jance's skills. MAKE SURE YOU LISTEN TO THE EPILOGUE, where the author explains how this story came to her. I was tearing up throughout.
Read these books in order. Enjoy!
Interesting. Engrossing. Enjoyable.
Did anyone else notice that some of the names that were used for some past characters were different? Jeff instead of Jeremy for his son-in-law and Phil instead of Paul for his nemesis Paul Cramer. It kind of pulled me out of the story because I was sitting there going, "No, that's not right!" Other than that, I really enjoyed the book and think that J R Home is a great replacement for Gene Engene.
First JA Jance I've listened to, but read them all. Voice took a little getting used to (not at all a "Seattle" voice) but warmed to it half way through.
So many layers woven together, this made a great companion while recovering from the flu. The narrator's mispronunciation of our NW cities was a bit entertaining as well.
Mystery lover from waaaay back when.... Especially love those dark police/detective procedurals and the comic caper. I'm pretty tough as a reviewer. Writing must be smart and well-edited. Plots must be credible and a bit of twistiness and surprises are always welcome. Favorite authors [partial list]: Donald Westlake, Tana French, David Rosenfelt, Ruth Rendell, Ed McBain,
If you have read previous books in this series, then this book will feel very tedious. There's so much backstory for JP Beaumont that it takes pages and pages to summarize all of that. The past event summarizing seems to go on forever--very tedious if you have read the previous novels.
In addition, there is a very, very long series of flashbacks involving a 2nd story about Vietnam Veterans that is completely separate from the main mystery.
With all this extra material, I really lost interest in the main mystery. Tedious, tedious, tedious. I think this is the last J.A. Jance book that I'll purchase.
Alone in a hospital room and hopped up on pain meds, an older J.P. Beaumont has nothing to do but think- about past cases of course. However, this book is not merely about solving a homicide case, the story takes you into J.P's personal life for a paralell secondary plot involving his time from Vietnam and some "coulda, woulda, shoulda's," making for an interesting read.
One of my favorite things about this author is that, unlike several murder- mystery authors, her books sound as good as they read. Some authors (*cough* James Patterson) write novels that are good when read to oneself but terrible when read aloud. The dialogue is contrived and sounds silly when read by an actor. This is not the case with J.A. Jance. Her novels are pleasurable to the eye AND ear.
J.R. Horne is the perfect voice for the protagonist in this book, and the twists and turns kept me sitting in my car in my garage actively listening to hear what was going to happen next. Some of the audio towards the end was a little muddled- it sounded as if they re-recorded a few parts and the audio is different for random phrases, but I did like the 20 minute author's note at the end of the book, detailing the history behind the characters inspired by real-life events and people.
A great listen!!!
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