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Improbable Cause Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1988

Book 5 of 21 in the J. P. Beaumont Novel Series

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Product Details

  • Series: J. P. Beaumont Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 2nd edition (February 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780380754120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380754120
  • ASIN: 0380754126
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"San Francisco Has Dashiell Hammett, Boston Has Robert B. Parker, Fort Lauderdale Boasts John D. MacDonald. . . Seattle Has J.A. Jance!" -- -- Seattle Times

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance was born in South Dakota, brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, and now lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

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I started with the first book & am now reading them in order.
melanie
Most books written by J.A. Jance are good to read, I especially enjoyed the J.P. Beaumont series.
James L. Michal
As usual, she writes excellent stories and keeps you entertained to the very end.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Larry Eischen on September 19, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Often, either late in a "mystery author's" career or posthumously, the author is found by the "snobberati" at the NY Times or one of the weekly newsmags. Since these critics would hate to be caught reading mysteries, the author is labelled a "NOVELIST" by the critics and given a big push in the media. It happened to Raymond Chandler, Ross MacDonald, and John D. MacDonald among others. why wait until a deserving author is old or dead? It's time to give early attention to J A Jance. Her work transcends the genre and becomes a tale of characters-characters as well developed as those of a fine Dickens novel. In Improbable Cause, Jance weaves these characters into the story surrounding a dentist who is a spouse abuser. Why he was killed is plain. Who killed him becomes an investigation of sympathetic characters, none of whom you want to see arrested for the crime. When an ex-con is implicated, Beaumont finds himself at odds with his superiors who would rather settle for the obvious and easy suspect. In a rather unique ending, Beaumont solves the case and at investigation's end is covered with elephant manure and commended by the mayor. Although I had the killer figured early on (gut feeling, not clue finding) , the story carried me to the satisfying conclusion.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 2002
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I genuinely enjoyed this book. J.P. Beaumont is one of my favorite detective characters. While he has the usual jaded outlook on life of a lot of fictional detectives, he does transcend the genre and is rather a complex person instead of the stereotypical hardboiled cop. In this book, the victim is distinctly unlikeable and the suspects are almost uniformly sympathetic. It's the rare mystery where you want the reader to know the answer, but not necessarily the police. The reason I marked this one down a bit is because Beaumont seemed a little flatter somehow here and the writing somehow did not draw me in as usual. While one would certainly not expect a "dark night of the soul" in every book, one also should not expect to see him flattening out to become "everydetective" either. If you're a Jance fan, this one is definitely entertaining and worth reading, though. If you're new to her books, I woul suggest starting with the first book in the series - Until Proven Guilty.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on July 21, 2000
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A dentist is found dead in his own dental chair. There is no shortage of suspects as he was disliked by many people for many different reasons. The trick is to find the real killer. The usual false leads are detailed until Beau solves the case. J.A. Jance is a habit-forming author. When you've read one of her books it makes you want to read the rest. This is not the best of the series, but it's not the worst either.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 1999
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While I usually enjoy reading about J.A.Jance's hero, J.P. Beaumont, I was disappointed by the predictable plot and resolution of this novel. As a current Seattleite, I relish Jance's descriptions of my fair city which are both amusing and accurate. Try others of Jance's novels, but I would recommend skipping Improbable Cause.
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Dr. Frederick Nielsen lies dead in his dental chair, and his body isn't in very good shape after a hot weekend. His assistant is lying, and the detectives assigned to the case - J.P. "Beau" Beaumont and his partner, "Big Al" Lindstrom - know she is. But about what, exactly? And how are they going to notify next of kin, as they must before the deceased's identity can be disclosed (and preferably before it leaks to the press anyway)? Nielsen's wife and two children disappeared into a shelter for battered women several weeks ago, and the shelter network isn't about to let Beau and Big Al have access to Mrs. Nielsen. Nor can they carry word to Nielsen's mother, who is hospitalized with a broken hip and about to be released into the custody of her sisters - elderly twins who use their "harmless little old lady" status to keep two seasoned detectives at bay.

The prime suspect as far as Beau's superiors are concerned soon becomes Larry Martin, an ex-convict who was at the dental office when the assistant left on Saturday. Martin was there to install new carpeting, and his tools are still in the office. The company van he was driving was returned damaged and bloody, and Martin's employer says he's disappeared. But that does not seal the deal in Beau's eyes. He still has questions, a lot of them. And he's going to find out the answers, despite his bosses wanting him to get Larry Martin arrested, charged, and the case closed.

This installment in the J.P. Beaumont series features quirky, well drawn characters and a plot that's just right. Not too convoluted to follow, with twists that surprise the reader and yet make perfect sense. Jance at her best. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of 2005 science fiction EPPIE winner "Regs"
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez VINE VOICE on August 24, 2007
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In this installment of the J.P. Beaumont series, J.A. Jance gives us a well-crafted mystery, with many layers, and plenty of twists and turns. But she also allows us a further "peek under the tent" of the main character, which increases the enjoyment of these books even more and leaves us seeking the next one in the series.

This time, Beau is summoned to a dentist's office, where the professional that generally makes the patients fear for their "life", has been murdered in a gruesome fashion and left to simmer for a couple of days. Right away, we get several people that have motive for murdering the dentist, and some of them are clearly doctoring their tale. A carpet installer was arguing with the victim before the dentist's demise, and there is a carpeting tool with blood on it. The assistant seems to be hiding something. The victim was separated from his wife, who claimed he beat her, and she was scheduled to meet the victim the day of the murder. And there are many other people that are not bothered in the least by the events.

So J.P. and his official and unofficial partners, Big Al Lindstrom and Peters (helping from the hospital where he is recovering), start their quest to find the killer. In the process, Beaumont has to deal with the ever-annoying Maxwell Cole, who is back with his personal attacks through the newspaper column. Of course, there is also a female that Beau will have to figure out. In the last book his bad streak with women was not reverted, but at least the ending was not as bad as in previous cases. Will this be the time when his luck changes? The information we get on this book regarding the detective's relationship with his ex-wife and her betrayal will allow us to understand better some of the interactions we have seen in the past books.
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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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