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Lying in Wait (J. P. Beaumont Novel Book 12) [Kindle Edition]

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

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Book Description

A Seattle fisherman has died badly—bound, tortured and set ablaze aboard his boat on the Puget Sound. And with his death comes disturbing questions . . . and the key to a Pandora's Box of evil that has remained tightly closed for over half a century.

Else Didriksen is no longer the beautiful, troubled teenager who disappeared from detective J.P. Beaumont's life thirty years earlier. Now she is a homicide victim's widow-frightened, desperate and trapped in a web of murderous greed that reaches out from a time of unrelenting terror. And the dark, deadly secrets that hold Else prisoner threaten to ensnare Beau and new partner Sue Danielson as well-and to rock their world in ways they never dreamed possible.

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From Publishers Weekly

Seattle police detective J.P. Beaumont meets his past in this gripping fourth adventure (after Failure to Appear). Called to the scene of a boat fire, Beau discovers Gunter Gebhardt burned to death and handcuffed to a table, his fingers and toes severed and placed in a pan atop his chest. Berthed nearby is Beau's former schoolmate, Al Torvoldsen, who still carries a torch for Gebhardt's widow, Else, another schoolmate. Before Beau and his new partner, Sue Danielson, can jump to conclusions, however, Gunter's girlfriend is found in her smoldering house, her fingers and toes also chopped off. The only lead Beau and Sue have is the report of a man who fled after being hit by a car near the docks at the time of the boat fire. While trying to locate the injured man, the detectives delve into Else's burned-out marriage, learn about Gunter's devotion to Nazism and meet the Gebharts' alienated daughter, Kari, who links the murder of her father to a German death camp from which a shipment of gold disappeared. Beau and Sue probe Else's high school romance, the missing accident victim and the Nazi connection before they come up with the killer in this red hot, fast-paced story. Author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Seattle's most famous homicide cop has a go at another murder case in Jance's new addition to her acclaimed series.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 266 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0380718413
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reissue edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad, but... October 4, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book suffers from the lack of a good editor. There were two illogical rough spots in the book that should have been caught before going to print. Sorry, Ms. Jance.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars J.P. IS ON THE CASE August 15, 2000
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J.A. Jance is back in form with this J.P. Beaumont gem. There is a new partner to work with, grisly murders to solve, nazi war criminals and helicopter chases. What more could you want?
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ripped off! March 21, 2000
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Usually books in the J.P. Beaumont series written by J.A. Janceare thoughtful, well-planned, and exciting. Lying in Wait is a hugedisappointment! How did she ever throw that ending together? So many unanswered questions. The whole ending was one big unanswered question. For example: 1) Where has Nazi Hans Gebhardt been for 30 years? Why did it take 30 years for this plot to happen? How did he connect up with Denise Whitney; what was their relationship? Did he actually kill his own son and why? None of this is ever explained and this is involving only one of the characters! 2) Who was the bigamist? What is that whole thing about? It was alluded to and never explained. 3) What happened to the gold? Did the Jewish Nazi hunters really steal it back or was it still in Gunther's house? It was all left up in the air. So unsatisfying for the reader. 4)Why were the other Nazis tortured and killed? Should we assume Hans did that or was it Erika or who? And why did it even happen - all because of the gold? More unanswered questions. I hope Jance never writes anything this ambiguous ever again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shades of a 1940s Hollywood spy film August 12, 2012
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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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Jance book July 19, 2000
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J.A. Jance is a prolific and reliable author, but this book is not up to her usual standards. The murders in this book are brutal and both follow the same m.o. A person is burned to death and each finger and toe are severed. J.P. Beaumont and his new partner, Sue Danielson, do enough investigating to make a connection with a Nazi past and some missing gold from a German death camp. Perhaps in an effort to infuse something more exotic into this series, Ms. Jance sacrifices some of the basics of good writing. There are indeed, many unanswered questions at the end. I began to wonder if I had drifted off somewhere in the reading process! We do catch the usual glimpses of the attractive environs of Seattle and J.P. Beaumont is more human and more attractive as a recovering alcoholic rather than a man who reaches for a McNaughton's every time the going gets tough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unanswered Riddle October 26, 2008
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Brutal,, shocking and ritualistic murders throw J.P. Beaumount and his new partner, Sue Danielson into an investigation that has more questions than answers. Else Didriken disappeared from Beau's life thirty years earlier to return as the widow of one of the victims.
The pace is pure Jance, but the trip is convoluted and many threads never unravel the reader is left wondering if a sequel is planned or if answers were dropped on the cutting room floor.
LYING IN WAIT is a fair read for J.P.'s fans.Writing as a Small BusinessHaintsTravelers
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lying in Wait January 29, 2000
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As a recent JA Jance fan, I have read all but her latest 'Breach of Duty". This was my least favorite. The storyline had too many nooks and crannies (false leads)- normally the spice of Beaumont - which were focused on for far too long. It is lovely that the names in this book got there by making charitable donations - but perhaps the size of the donation correlated directly with the amount of focus which maybe lead to this "lull" time?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beau looks back into his past August 25, 2013
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It's been a long time since Seattle homicide detective J.P. "Beau" Beaumont was a high school kid, but he hasn't forgotten the people of the neighborhood where his single mother raised him. Ballard is no longer quite the same enclave of Norwegian fishermen and their families, but the case to which he's currently assigned brings him back in contact with people he once knew. They include a former high school cheerleader who's become a widow thanks to that case, when someone handcuffed her husband to a table aboard his fishing boat and set the boat on fire after torturing him.

Beau has a new partner here, Detective Sue Danielson, and he's in recovery from alcoholism. The trail the two detectives follow leads a long way back, all the way to World War II and its aftermath. Who was the murdered man, actually? Did even his wife really know that, or will what Beau finds out come as news to her? And what kind of danger does their young adult daughter face, now that death has brought her home after several years of estrangement?

Forcing Beau to look back into his past, at himself as a teenaged boy, works well here for two reasons. First, he's at the stage of alcoholism recovery where looking into the past makes sense; and second, Sue Danielson is a single mother struggling with a difficult teenaged son of her own. The mystery interested me even more than usual because of its World War II background. I've been fascinated by that time and place in history since my early teens, and Jance has done her homework here. Top notch!

--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of 2005 science fiction EPPIE winner "Regs"
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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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