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Dance of the Bones: A J. P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker Novel Hardcover – September 8, 2015
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Prospector Amos Warren and Big Bad John Lassiter, his young protégé, were as close as father and son until a violent argument tore them apart. The next day, Amos disappeared, never to be seen again. Years later, his bones were found in the desert. All signs pointed to John Lassiter, and Detective Brandon Walker made the arrest in the case.
Now, more than four decades later, the retired Walker is called back to look into the killing. Lassiter’s daughter, Amanda Wasser, wants Brandon and TLC to find Amos’s “real” killer and clear her father’s name.
Brandon Walker’s search to find the truth about Amos’s killer eventually leads to an unsolved murder that could be connected to the case. Then Brandon gets in touch with crack investigator J. P. Beaumont. Soon, these seasoned detectives must pool their personal and professional expertise when someone close to Brandon falls into the hands of a cold-blooded killer involved in a recent multiple homicide— who may also hold the key to the cold case
“Highly entertaining…an energetic plot resplendent with believable twists, leaving readers eager for Beaumont and Walker’s next outing.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
- ASIN : 006229766X
- Publisher : William Morrow; First Edition (September 8, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780062297662
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 1.1 x 6.8 x 9.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #974,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's hard to recognize this as a Jance work. I know she loves back stories, but this is ridiculous. Way too many characters, none of them familiar, way too many generations, way too much lore about each of them. And the funny thing is, I like Indian lore - I like the Hillermans, I like that aspect in the Craig Johnson and C.J. Box books, in addition to many more. But there, there's usually a point to all the tale-telling, not just the gratuitous page after page of family history of many different characters, with no indication of whether they are important to the overall novel or not. C'mon, they can't ALL be major players!
I'm going to have to revise my automatic purchase pattern with J. A. Jance. I actually returned another of her books - the latest Ali Reynolds book - when it turned out to be more science fiction than mystery. It was so bad there was no way I'd get through it - machines, as thinking, talking characters? Gimme a break.
Anyway, stay away from this one and reread the old ones. Some of them are among the finest "crime" novels around.
When the book was first released, I noticed it had several bad reviews, so I decided to wait for the paperback. The reviews were still poor, so I held off. I bought it when it was a $1.99 Kindle special and I still feel cheated.
The story if a jumble of timelines and a collection of Native American legends loosely linking Beaumont and Brandon through a cold case. I imagine Beau will not start working on these cold cases. That all the information you need from this book. Don't waste your $1.99, and Ms. Jance, clean up your act!
The prologue starts the novel well. After the prologue nothing much happens until a good ¼ the way into the book.
The cast of characters runs on ad infinitum, you’ll need a scorecard. Additionally the characters are not well developed at all. Whose married to whom, who is Native American Indian or who is Anglo.
Native American history is intriguing. But, when I buy a Beaumont book, that is what I want. I do not want the author tutoring me on Indian history. A large part of the novel is devoted to exactly that. Each chapter starts off in an italic font dealing with lore; just skip to the standard font and begin the chapter there.
The story, when she gets to it, goes nowhere. Its disjointed, thin, and simply wanders. Oh, and the reader knows the major antagonist right from the beginning.
Personally I feel JA Jance has one heck of a nerve classifying this as a Beaumont series read. This being #22 in the series, she either was rushed to get one out to the publisher or was trying something new.
decades and what happened/was happening it was hard to stay interested, then all the Indian Lore, I just skipped those parts competely. There is nothing wrong with that subject, but the description should have included it, as I wouldnt have purchased the book if it it,
The story had like 5 different books thrown together and written so poorly, I am just shocked.
It wont stop me from purchasing her future books, but I might start reading the sample first, rather than just pre-ordering
I enjoyed the inclusion of the southwestern Arizona Native-American lore! But the convoluted nature of this novel made me put it down halfway through! I've never had this happen with a Jance work. There were too many plot lines, too little development of the main story. But, then again, what is the story?
I do not recommend this novel.
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Anyway, just my take on it. Entirely disappointed and struggling to get through it.