Lurking in the dark corners of J. P. Beaumont's bizarre case was not just a demented mind obsessed with murder, but secrets so deadly that even a street-tough cop could die guessing.
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I've read and listened to a bunch of the JP Beaumont stories. It was a pleasure to listen to the first in the series, filling in background for the other ones.
It was a moving and riveting story.
I'm a huge fan of the JP Beaumont stories, however, the narrator was a bit rough for my taste. My vision of Beau and his voice doesn't match. Everyone in the story sounds like grizzled old western-sty!e cops; without the twang. Can't place the slight accent, but it is not Seattle-ites. (My home town!) I don't see buying another audio book if he's still reading for ythe author.
Yes, but only because it is the beginning and useful introduction to a number of much better J.P. Beaumont stories
Only a very limited space for the crime with many unsolved questions while the main caracter's privat life got the most of the story.
J.P. was well performed.
Yes, because it is important for the next J.P. story.
Too many lose ends in the crime matter but O.K. as an itroduction to J.P. Beaumont series.
Yes, Gene Engene made the story come to life.
J.P. Beaumont - of course. A tough cop.
Several scenes with Pastor Michael. He was truly evil.
It was disturbing. Stories dealing with child abuse are disturbing.
This was my first Jance book. I liked it, but thought the writer tried too hard to sound like Raymond Chandler. It worked at times, but too often it came across as a bad imitation. I hope she found her voice in later books. Since the series is still going on, I gather she did. The characters and premise here are nothing new. Grizzled vet has to team up with new kid to solve a crime with religious undertones (or perhaps it's overtones). The mystery was okay, though it did stretch credulity at times. That said, I liked spending time with J.P Beaumont. I can't say I have to read the next installment, but I'm not adverse to it.
not what i expected
learning how Bo met Ann Corley
yes the same as other books
I was indifferent to this book. I don't think I liked the characters. There was just something about the book that put me off. The narrator did a great job, but his voice sounded like the voice of a certain news person on television. From that point on, the face of the newsman was pasted onto the character, and it spoiled all the love scenes for me. Try as I might, I couldn't shake the image! I'm not sure if this was what spoiled the book for me, but if I had read it instead, I may have liked it better.
I would have enjoyed the story so much more if it hadn't been for the performance. Gene Engene's voice seems to vacillate between an over exaggerated impersonation of a grouchy old man and a cartoonish parody of a woman or an absurd combination of the two. I absolutely understand that the job of a voiceover actor is not a simple one. He or she is expected to convincingly portray multiple characters and make them recognizably distinct and authentic. All the while the actor is supposed to give voice to the story and seamlessly carry the readers from first to last page. That being said, many performers I have heard here on audible do a beautiful job without annoying me with their performance. Unfortunately Gene Engene is not one of them. All due respect to Mr. Engene. Maybe in a different type of a story his performance would work. In this one, for me, it didn't.
A few words about the story itself - it's actually quite good. I wouldn't have gotten through it if it wasn't good. We start with the death of a little girl. A seasoned detective follows his gut and experience through an investigation full of twists and turns. The characters are engaging and believable, if a little unimaginative. I don't think I'll be reading the rest of the series, but for those who like the performance, or read in text and not audible format - this might be a good series.
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