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Long Time Gone (J. P. Beaumont Novel Book 17) Kindle Edition

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Two family tragedies 50 years apart challenge J.P. Beaumont, Seattle investigator for the Washington Special Homicide Investigation Team, in bestseller Jance's taut, colorful 17th entry in a series that started 20 years ago with Until Proven Guilty. The state attorney general assigns Beaumont a cold case after a nun, Sister Mary Katherine, reports horrific dreams that indicate a long-repressed memory of witnessing a murder. But he's distracted when the former wife of his best friend, Ron Peters, is killed and suspicion falls on Ron's family, causing havoc. Jance is smart enough not to combine the two disparate cases in anything but locale, but she forces Beaumont to choose between friendship and duty—his relationship with the distraught Peters family forbids him from working their case, but he aches to help. The clever and complex plot line involving the nun shows Jance at her best, revealing a coverup that still threatens after many decades. The Peters plot is a frightening lesson in miscommunication, and though the reader may suspect the murderer early on, the stunning motive is only slowly revealed. While Jance writes without the humor of an Ed McBain or Robert B. Parker, fans of those authors will appreciate Beaumont.
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  • File Size: 317 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0688138241
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes even the passage of half a century cannot bury the secrets of a horrific crime. That's what J.P. "Beau" Beaumont learns in this thriller from the estimable J.A. Jance.

Readers will remember that Beau has put in 20 years with the Seattle Police Department. He's now with the Washington State Attorney's Special Homicide Investigation Team, and finds himself dubbed to track a cold case, a very cold case. A nun, Sister Mary Katherine, has undergone hypnotherapy during which she recalled a heinous crime, a murder, that she witnessed when she was a child. Evidently fear had kept this memory from surfacing, and fearful she should be because while the victim is long dead the complex plot behind the killing is not.

As if that weren't enough to keep Beau busy the former wife of his best friend, Ron Peters, is killed and the Peters family seems to be emerging as prime subjects.

Jance is at the peak of her powers with the seventeenth in this series, and Harry Chase is a sterling reader. His calm, distinct voice ranges easily from sincere to sinister holding listeners in his spell.

- Gail Cooke
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on July 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
J.A. Jance masterfully weaves two plot lines in this, her latest J.P. Beaumont book. The first plot has to do with a nun who is beginning to remember that she was the witness to a murder when she was a 5-year-old girl. Her memory is being encouraged by a hypnotherapist who comes to Beau for his help on the police aspects of the case. The second plot has to do with Beau's old friend and former partner Ron Peters, whose ex-wife has just been killed. Both Ron and his daughter Heather are implicated in the murder, and Beau is determined to find the real killer. Mercifully these two plots never intersect, but instead run as two separate stories which are skillfully told in one book. Many of Beau's friends and some of his enemies show up in the novel, along with a relatively new character whose presence promises some romance for the aging lawman. Jance fans will be pleased by this entry in the series.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Crammer VINE VOICE on December 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I listened to the unabridged CD version and found the reader a bit distracting -- strange accents on some of the characters (Peters, for some reason, sounded Irish, and Lars was over the top -- like a caricature -- Scandanavian). The voice he puts to J.P. is just too John Wayne for my taste -- when I read the books in the series, I have in my head someone less gruff and more polished.

Oh yes, the book. I thought it was consistent with the quality I've come to expect from Jance. The story begins when special homicide investigator Beaumont is asked to speak to a woman who has a memory uncovered in hypnosis of a murder she observed as a child. Beaumont is at first skeptical until he watches the videotapes, and then he begins to believe she really did see something. Before you know it, he's investigating this fifty year old murder. At the same time, Beaumont's best friend/former partner is under investigation for murder -- the man's ex-wife -- with whom he is having a custody fight -- is murdered and the crime is linked to him in ways beyond the obvious motive. Beaumont's special investigation division is investigating this murder because Peters, the former partner, is a police officer. Beaumont butts heads with various people in the course of both investigations. And oh yes, there's a budding romance for Beaumont.

J.P. Beaumont fans will really like this book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on August 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Long Time Gone is another J.P. Beaumont mystery by J.A. Jance. Set in Seattle (one of the series' draws for me), Beaumont has gone from police detective to part of the Special Homicide Investigation Team (with an unfortunate acronym which gets brought up quite often) for the state of Washington. For some reason, the Jance books I have read always seem to be the ones where Beaumont makes a monumental change in his life, and this one is no different. That's another draw for me, as I like it when characters change, circumstances are adjusted, and nobody remains static. Thus, Long Time Gone is another great entry in this series, and I greatly enjoyed it.

Beaumont gets involved in two cases this time, one by assignment and one by friendship. A middle-aged nun unexpectedly recalls what happened fifty years ago that traumatized her to this day. She witnessed a neighbour's murder and she hasn't been able to remember anything about this until now. This wouldn't be that big of a deal, because most of the participants are almost dead (and some are dead already), but the coconspirators happen to be prominent members of the Seattle community, and they will go to any effort to cover up their crime, no matter how long ago it was. Secondly, Beaumont's former partner, Ron Peters, is the prime suspect in the murder of his ex-wife, and a lot of the evidence points against him. Beaumont cannot help getting involved, despite being ordered not to, because the ties of friendship are very tight. Beau has to tap dance very carefully in both of these cases, and if he makes one misstep, it may be his last.

One of the things I loved about Long Time Gone is that, while the events of the two cases do end up intertwining, they are unrelated.
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