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Book 4 of 21 in the J. P. Beaumont Novel Series

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  • Series: J. P. Beaumont Novel (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061958549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061958540
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"J. P. Beaumont is a star attraction."
-- Booklist (Booklist ) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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There are many bizarre and terrible ways to die. Seattle Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont thought he had seen them all—until he saw this body, its wounds, and the murder weapon: an elegant woman's shoe, its stiletto heel gruesomely caked with blood. The evidence is shocking and unsettling, even for a man who prowls the shadows for a living, for it suggests that savagery is not the exclusive domain of the predatory male. And the scent of a stylish killer is pulling Beaumont into a world of drugs, corruption, and murder to view close-up a cinematic dream at its most nightmarish . . . and lethal.

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The characters are well written and the story keeps you interested to the end.
Donna Rohling
Its so nice to have quality story telling with good plots, well developed characters and intrigue.
one approved
Most books written by J.A. Jance are good to read, I especially enjoyed the J.P. Beaumont series.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on June 24, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My aunt has been an avid reader of J. A. Jance ever since she met the woman. She has read everything by Jance and has been begging me to read something by her. So, when Christmas rolled around, guess what I found in my stocking? _Taking the Fifth_ by J. A. Jance. I read a little of it, and was immediatly intruiged. For the next day, my parents could not pull me away from the book.
_Taking the Fifth_ is the fourth book in the J. P. Beaumont series. Beaumont lives a detective life in Seattle. Even though when his rich girlfriend died a couple of years ago he inherited a fortune and was set up for a comfortable life, Beau didn't stop working. He loves what he does, and he does it well. So, one night by the Pike Place Market, a man is found stabbed to death. It is strange because they are not knife wounds, and the police are stumped as to what caused them. But, around the crime scene, there is found a colbat blue, stiletto heeled shoe with blood all over it. Beau feels that if he can find the owner of the shoe, he will find the murderer. As Beau gets more involved with the murder, many aspects are involved including drugs, AIDS, homosexuals, homeless people, smuggling, deceit, and a sexy little blond who looks more and more like the ring leader of the whole thing. Can Beau keep his head and find out who is commiting all these atrocities, or will time run out for our belevoed detective?
You may be wondering why, if I read _Taking the Fifth_ around Christmas, I'm still talking about it now. Well, I havn't been able to get it out of my head! Jance wrote Beaumont so well that I felt like I got to know him throughout the book. He was startlingly three demensional, and I often times felt like I was looking over his shoulder at some evidence.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Larry Eischen on September 25, 2000
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I love Jance's way with a series. Not only is she faithful to her main character, but each book also brings us deeper into the lives of Beaumont's surrounding circle of friends and associates. JP is called in on another homicide. This one involves a young gay who told his mother he worked for the DEA but the Seattle DEA has no record of him. Along the way to the solution, Beaumont finds himself involved with a lovely chanteuse out of rehab on the comeback trail and a drug ring whose territory covers the West Coast. Jance lets you think you know what's going on, then she pulls the rug out from under you. Another great job from Jance.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 20, 2007
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I feel that the fans of J.P. Beaumont will love this one. It is so typical J.A. Jance. I enjoyed every page of this one. Another reviewer has done a wonderful job of outlining the plot, so I will not repeat what is obvious. Jance's character developement (this author's strongest skill) holds very true to form with this work and we learn more and more of her detective Beaumont. We also get a look at the drug culture in that part of the country (Seattle of course) and some of the alternative life styles found their. This work has some fascinating twists (no spoilers here) and as one reviewer points out, just when you have things figured out, you get the rug pulled from under you. Of course, the book will be much better for those who have read the preceeding books dealing with this seattle Cop, but the book is also able to stand on it's own and is simply a good read. Recommend this one highly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MrsCDWhite on August 3, 2003
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I love JP Beaumont!
Sometimes we are taken on a fast paced ride to certain disaster.
And sometimes we are taken to extreme forms of human pain.
But if you want to live a life of a Detective/PI, then you have picked a good character to delve into.
Beau is my favorite Cop.
Get all the books about Beau and his cases.
You will not be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MrsCDWhite on August 3, 2003
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Buy this book and all the others.
If you want a great read Start with the first JP Beaumont book, and read them in succession.
I love JP Beaumont!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Larry David Wilson on July 4, 2012
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Taking the Fifth is the fourth in the long J. P. Beaumont series of novels by J. A. Jance. It is the first in the series I have chosen to review, thinking to this point that reviews of books published in the late 80s are unwarranted. On the other hand, it is evident from my reading of some of Jance's novels in other series (Joanna Brady and Ali Reynolds) and perusal of other reviews posted at this venue that she is an outstanding author of suspensers and very popular with readers. So, here goes. J. P. Beaumont, "Beau" to this friends, is a homicide detective in the Seattle PD. He generally partners with a Ron Peters, who is recuperating from serious injury gained at the hands of the perp in the previous series entry Trial by Fury. So, Beau is temporarily partnering with another detective Al Lindstrom until Peters can be up and around. Beau is also looking after Peters' two young girls. As readers of the series know, our hero has plenty of inherited dough and toodles around in a red Porsche 928. This time around, Beau is investigating a murder by shoe of a fellow associated with a show featuring a long drink of water who sings old-time ballads. During the course of the investigation, we are introduced to a couple of questionable character traits of our protagonist, one that he does not like gay people and the other that he has trouble keeping his pants zipped. The guy done in with an 8 1/2B Cole Haan blue satin stiletto-heeled woman's shoe is gay as is his partner who is dying of AIDS (more of a hot topic back then than now). The shoe belongs to the singer whose show Beau takes in thanks to comp tickets provided by one of the company. At this point, we find that Beau has a bit of a problem keeping his libido under control during the murder investigation.Read more ›
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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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