The folks on the other side of the European conflict during WWII are becoming a little long in the tooth by now, but were about two decades younger in 1994 when Lying in Wait first appeared. With this in mind, J. A. Jance fashioned an interesting tale involving the family of a Norwegian-German pairing in Seattle. Washington State is home to the four largest population of Norwegian Americans in the United States, after Minnesota, Wisconsin, and California. German Americans are much more widespread, having a plurality of the population in some 23 states. J. P. Beaumont's involvement in the story begins when dousing a boat fire turns up a well-cooked stiff. Fingers (and toes) point to some of Beau's high-school chums and the plot leaps forward from that point. Another fire, this one in a house, produces another corpse, which death appears connected to the first one. Beau works the case with a new partner, one Sue Danielson, a single mother dealing with the agony of raising a 12-year-old son. Before the plot is played out, a connection to the events that occurred at Sobibor, Poland, during the middle of WWII is uncovered, finally leading to an exciting climax on the water between Stuart Island, just this side of the international border through Haro Straight. Although I enjoyed this novel a great deal, the conclusion appears a bit abrupt to me and leaves unanswered some obvious questions about the bad guys. Nonetheless, this entry in the Beaumont series is well worth the reader's time and I certainly recommend it. Now, let's see what goes on in Name Withheld.