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Breach of Duty (J. P. Beaumont Novel Book 14) [Kindle Edition]

J. A. Jance
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Seattle that Beau knew as a young policeman is disappearing. The city is awash in the aromas emanating from a glut of coffee bars, the neighborhood outside his condo building has sprouted gallery upon gallery, and even his long cherished diner has evolved into a trendy eatery for local hipsters. But the glam is strictly surface, for the grit under the city's fingernails is caked with blood. Beau and his new partner Sue Danielson, a struggling single parent, are assigned the murder of an elderly woman torched to death in her bed. As their investigation proceeds, Beau and Sue become embroiled in a perilous series of events that will leave them and their case shattered -- and for Beau nothing will ever be the same again.

Editorial Reviews Review

In Breach of Duty, after a three year hiatus, J.A. Jance resumes her Seattle-based mystery series featuring homicide detective Jonas Piedmont Beaumont. The novel begins on Lake Chelan (in eastern Washington State) as Beau scatters his grandfather's ashes in the water. The reflective moment offers Jance a perfect opportunity to get new readers up to speed with her hero (and offers a quick refresher course for the many ongoing Jance fans). Beau has struggled through a hard life of alcoholism and two failed marriages, but now, just maybe, he's pulled things together. After his return to Seattle, his new partner, Sue Danielson, bombards him with two cases and a number of leads. A 67-year-old woman named Agnes Ferman burned to death in her bed. After $300,000 was discovered in her garage, the police rightly began to suspect murder. At almost the same time, a group of teenagers discovered the long-dead body of a Native American man--possibly connected to recent hate crime. Sue and Beau plunge into both cases while they begin to learn a bit more about each other.

One of the pleasures of Beau's narrative is his constant, unspoken (and often hilariously sarcastic) asides to the reader. Meanwhile, Beau's sensitivity to Sue and her personal struggles suggest great promise for this couple. In the end, a diverse collection of oddball characters, a comprehensive sense of Seattle and environs, and a strong pairing of mystery plots make this another winning installment in Jance's much-beloved series. The tale of J.P. Beaumont began with Until Proven Guilty in 1985, and has included award-winners Without Due Process and Failure to Appear among its 14 books. --Patrick O'Kelley

From Publishers Weekly

In his 14th outing (and first in three years), Seattle homicide detective J.P. Beaumont (Name Withheld, etc.) finds, along with his new partner, Sue Danielson, that seemingly ho-hum investigations grow in grim complexity even as personal distractions multiply. The pair has been assigned to investigate the arson death of Agnes Ferman, a woman disliked by just about everyone; the more than $300,000 found tucked away in her garage points to plenty of suspects. In Seattle's Seward Park, meanwhile, a group of costumed, role-playing teens have been using human bones in their games. Beau is warned that the bones may be those of Quinault shaman David Half Moon, and that anyone handling them is in grave danger. Beau scoffs, but when some of those associated with the investigation meet violent ends, he and Sue develop open minds. Adding texture to the doings are Sue's troubles centering around the sudden reappearance of her violent ex-husband, who, uncharacteristically, wants to take their sons on a dream trip to Disneyland. A coincidence?that most of the Seward Park suspects regularly congregate at one of Beau's haunts?stains the narrative, but otherwise Jance, as usual, relates a clean and tightly woven plot distinguished by authentic dialogue, honest emotions and characters readers will care about.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 294 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 038071843X
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reissue edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC10XO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,448 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beaumont Must Get Over Anne Corley! June 4, 2000
J. A. Jance and her Detective Beaumont series are by far my favorite available at this point in time. Beau is not your average detective - not with his unlimited bank account and red Porsche that were the inheritance from both wife and murderess Anne Corley. Despite having enough money to spend the rest of his life on permanent vacation, Beau continues to work because putting away the bad guy and seeking justice for the good are what give his life meaning.
J. A. Jance always manages to weave personal touches and storylines into the lives of her characters while never slowing down the plot of her mysteries. In "Breach of Duty" we are treated with not one but two seperate mysteries, and an ending which will leave J. P. Beaumont looking at a whole new direction in his life.
Beau and his partner, Sue Danielson, are stuck with two mysteries: first, the discovery of old bones in Seward Park which end up belonging to a powerful Indian shaman some 10 years dead. Second, murder by arson of an older lady who happens to have $300,000 in cold, hard cash in her fridge. Beaumont and Danielson have to figure out where the money came from and where it should go to, as well as who might have murdered the old lady. Was it one of her poverty stricken relatives, or something to do with the rich and powerful Forrester family the lady once worked for?
As for the shaman's bones, they have been disturbed from their ancient burial grounds, and all those responsible and those who have been in contact with the bones are at the mercy of the shaman's curse. As the body count starts rising, can Beaumont solve the mystery and save those who have been affected?
The end of this story will bring about some dramatic changes in the life of J. P. Beaumont.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, but I'm afraid JP Beaumont won't be back! June 25, 1999
By A Customer
I've loved the Beaumont books since discovering the series in 1989 ... read all of them and the Arizona ones, too. (Seattle wins, hands down.) This story, with two unrelated cases as well as personal events in the lives of the main players, is one of the best in the series. Please don't let this be JP's last case! The events of this story seemed to affect JP more than some of the others, and the reader couldn't help but share his feelings. As always, Jance takes me back for another visit to Seattle, probably my favorite place in the world. I hope she's busy on another Beaumont book ... I'm waiting!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully not the last of this series July 21, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this 14th. book in the J. P. Beaumont series, Beau and his partner Sue Danielson are investigating two separate cases. In the first one, an elderly women is found burned in her bed. Hints of blackmail and jealousy are turned up in the course of the investigation. The problem is deciding which one was the actual motive for the murder. The second case has to do with the bones of an Indian shaman which are discovered in a public park by some satanic, role-playing teenagers. There are many false leads and strange tales of fatal Indian curses which begin to have some basis in reality. In addition to working on these cases with Beau, Sue is dealing with an abusive ex-husband who is wooing their children with promises of a trip to Disneyland. When things don't go his way, he explodes into anger which effects both Sue and Beau in a life-changing series of events. This book has all the ingredients of a good mystery story, along with a developing relationship between two of its main characters. Faithful readers hope that Jance will continue this series with Beaumont headed in a new direction both professionally and personally.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Friend Returns.-J. P. Beaumont January 31, 2000
As an avid murder mystery reader, I find J. P. Beaumont to be a real page turner. As a Seattle resident who prides herself in knowing all the history of this area, Jance hits the mark with historical accuracy and city legends which makes the reading experience even more fulfilling. We want more J. P. Beaumont.....This book gives us hope as he moves to a new kind of work with the State. Thanks, Jance, I LOVED IT.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breach of Duty is tragic June 1, 2000
Beau is back for a curtain call! J. A. Jance has given us one more engagement with her aging, changing Seattle Police Department Detective involved not only with a gruesome, unaccountable homicide, some mysterious Native American bones discovered in a new recreation game of war & a partner whose married life is in turmoil. Beau is distracted by his partner's domestic problems & the sudden retirement of their long-time captain. If you haven't read any of Jance's Beaumont books, do start! You will not be disappointed. Always a good read. ........................
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's Back May 6, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book started out fast and when it was over your waiting for the next one. I mean right now. I was shocked, amazed and delighted with the ending. ...the book was a edge of the seat read. Once you start I can almost guarantee you won't put it down til your finished.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I have always loved J.P. but not this one December 6, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have been patiently waiting the new J.P. beaumont book, but this time I was sadly disapointed. The mystery wasn't bad, but I hated the ending. I hope that this will not be the end for J.P., because I don't like the Joanna Brady series nearly as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Having read all the other J.P.Beaumont books in the series, I found this one to be by far the best. Once I started reading I could not put it down. This is the first book I read that caused me to actually tear up at what was happening to the characters because thay were so real. I did not forsee the ending and was suprised at what happened. I would highly reccommend this book to anyone that likes "cop" stories.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars J. A. Jance never disappoints
J. A. Jance never disappoints. This is the first J. P. Beaumont novel that we have read. It is equal to the Arizona Sheriff novels. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Texalee A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars best series ever
This was just another great story about JP Beaumont, a homaside detective with a heart and tons of money. If it's possible to love a character in a book then I love him!
Published 18 days ago by Sharon Fredericks
4.0 out of 5 stars I have found all Jance's books fun to read and very interesting
I have found all Jance's books fun to read and very interesting. I've learned a lot about the west that I didn't understand before.
Published 23 days ago by gloryb
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
There is nothing more I can say about books by JA. Jance. I love all her books whether Joanna Brady series or her JP Beaumont series.
Published 1 month ago by Consuelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Terrific service and product. I love a good read and this one did not disappoint me. Eager for another adventure from this author!
Published 1 month ago by Nancy C Burden
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Beaumont Novel
As usual the story line was good with some very good bylines and comments about the suroundings and people not directly included in the main story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I am reading the J P Beaumont series in the order they were written and so far I have enjoyed each one.
Published 3 months ago by kathie
5.0 out of 5 stars JA Jance books
Enjoy all of her books. Found this author several years ago and love reading her stories. Have vacationed in many of the areas she refers to.
Published 4 months ago by retired
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great novel by J.A. Jance
I enjoy Mrs. Jance books because she has good story lines with well developed characters such as J. P. Beau
mont. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Theresa Burkel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
I really enjoyed the J.P. Beaumont series. They were all hard to put down. I particularly enjoyed the books with Mel Soames.
Published 4 months ago by Brockmann fan
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J.A. Jance is the top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series; the J. P. Beaumont series; three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family; and Edge of Evil, the first in a series featuring Ali Reynolds. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

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