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Publisher's Summary

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.

Find out whodunit. Check out more of J. P. Beaumont's mysteries.
©2011 J.A. Jance (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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Kept me 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.

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Good mystery thriller

Engaging, engrossing,suspenseful until the end. Well narrated. Great book
Lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing

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Prolific and Terrific Writing!

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!

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Good story and good performance

This is a good story, just a little wordy in places. Truly fun to listen to.

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Not the same JP

If you could sum up Betrayal of Trust in three words, what would they be?

The story was good, however, once you get used to Gene Engene narrating it is difficult to enjoy someone else who doesn't sound like the real JP.

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Janice never disappoints.

We love every book we have read by her. Always fast paced and entertaining. Will look for more from her. H

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great book

enjoyed this book very much! the story was intriguing and the characters were very believable.

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Great story makes me homesick for Washington again

Would you consider the audio edition of Betrayal of Trust to be better than the print version?

Never read the print version

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Being from Washington I was able to visualize the action perfectly. Made me feel like I was there

What about J. R. Horne’s performance did you like?

The way he protray's Beau

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

I've listened to it like three times now

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Good Not Great

What did you love best about Betrayal of Trust?

The continuation of the J.P. Beaumont series

If you’ve listened to books by J. A. Jance before, how does this one compare?

This book isn't as good (or intricate) as previous books.

What about J. R. Horne’s performance did you like?

The performance was real good. Brought the different characters to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not necessarily. I can't consider it a

Any additional comments?

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

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All voices the same. Very distracting

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

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