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A J. P. Beaumont Mystery

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"Seattle Police homicide detective J.P. Beaumont is babysitting his best friend's daughters in his penthouse apartment on a sober New Year's Day when he is called to investigate a body floating in nearby Elliot Bay. The case draws Seattle's favorite detective into the cutting-edge world of biotechnology, where business as usual means personal betrayals and selling trade secrets with ruthless efficiency. The more Beau discovers about the corpse, the more he's convinced that justice has already been served." "Amid an exasperating, eccentric cast of characters and battling with a partner who resents Beau's inherited wealth, the recovering alcoholic detective discovers that sometimes twelve-step programs don't have all the answers. With his personal life converging into his professional one, Beau struggles to find a killer he doesn't really want to find."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [1996].
Copyright Date: ©1996.
ISBN: 9780688114602
Characteristics: 293 pages ;,24 cm.


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Jan 04, 2019

Not the best J.P. Beaumont, but Jance is always worth reading. On a New Year's Eve he's spending happily drinking root beer floats with two pre-teen daughters of friends who themselves are spending the night at their probable last getaway before their new baby's born, Beau gets a call that there's a "floater" in Elliott Bay, a few blocks from his penthouse suite. The "drowned" man turns out to have a bullet hole in the back of his head. He also ends up having a multitude of people standing in line wanting to confess to his murder. The ending is a bit over the top. This one is full of humor and pathos together.

Apr 30, 2017

Beaumont 2006

Jun 05, 2015

Typical Jance, well written and engaging but not something you will remember in a couple of days


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Nov 23, 2014

Nobody is grieving over the death of Donald Wolf, a biotechnology corporation executive whose numerous criminal activities included illegally trading industrial secrets . . . and rape. Too many people, in fact, are almost too eager to take responsibility for his murder.

At the start of a brand new year, Seattle Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont has his own life-shattering problems to worry about–from the imminent death of an ex-wife to trumped-up charges of child abuse. But the recently slain body floating in Elliott Bay is pulling Beau back to the job–leading him into a deadly morass of jealousies, personal betrayals, more corpses and corporate double-dealings . . .and closer to a killer he doesn’t really want to find.

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