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Publisher's Summary

J. P. Beaumont has a dead dentist on his hands. His suspects include a sexually abused dental assistant, a brutalized wife, and her ex-con lover.
Check out more of J. P. Beaumont's mysteries.
(P)1983 Books in Motion

Critic Reviews

"San Francisco has Dashiell Hammett, Boston has Robert B. Parker, Fort Lauderdale boasts John D. MacDonald...Seattle has J.A. Jance!" ( Seattle Times)

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Just What I Wanted

I have been a fan of J.A. Jance and the J. P. Beaumont series since I happened onto the author about 6 months ago. The plot is comfortably predictable [there is no doubt that Beau will solve the crime] but the mystery is interesting and does keep one guessing until all possible suspects have been cleared. The narrator, Gene Engene, is just about perfect as Beau and presents the other characters--including children and women--in a subtle yet distinctive manner. I recommend this book to anyone who likes good stories, good characters, and knowing the good guy will win.

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seattle twist and turns

This was a good read or listen too book. most of the I listen to.

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Some of the Voices Made Me Cringe!

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. J.A. Jance almost always hits a home run as far as I am concerned. My favorite series is Joanna Brady, but J.P. Beaumont is a close second. I have heard many books narrated by Gene Engene but this was the first one where I just didn't like the narration. He was great when he was doing the voice of Beau......but I seriously disliked almost all of the other voices, starting with his partner, Al. His portrayal of Al sounded like he couldn't possibly have enough brains to qualify as a detective........more like a punch-drunk fighter!! He did the words of the sergeant so fast that I sometimes had to replay them in order to understand what was being said. A great book and I know this narrator can do better because I've heard him do it.

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wrong reader.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

just barely. I fell in deep like with J. P. in the middle of this series. because of Audible I was able to hear about him from the beginning. the reader, at least, through the first 5 books is so disappointing in comparison to the reader that helped me wanted to know more about J. P.

What did you like best about this story?

J. P. is a grump with a very big heart. he doesn't want to leave anyone behind. he's there for the underdog.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

the reader was boring. he makes J. P. sound so harsh in comparison to the reader I remember. I've spent too much time hoping that the next book in the series would have a new reader.

Do you think Improbable Cause needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I know future books (# 6 ?) with J. P. are coming my way with a different reader & I can't wait to hear him..

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love Jance"S books. I like to have some tongue and cheek humor along with suspense. there are some genuinely profound moments in Jance's stories. when are we going to see Beaumont, Brady and Ali Reynolds in a book all at one time.