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Payment in Kind Mass Market Paperback – July 27, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
In his ninth appearance, Detective J. P. Beaumont of the Seattle Police is swamped with problems: a pair of corpses at the public school district office, and the unwelcome assistance of self-promoting Detective Paul Kramer. Marcia Kelsey, a district employee, and Alvin Chambers, a security guard, are found partially naked, legs entwined, dead of gunshot wounds. A note found nearby says, "A, See you tonight at the usual time. M." When Pete Kelsey learns that his wife may have been having an affair with Chambers, he calmly observes that she had always had "outside interests." Kramer is itching to pin the murders on Kelsey, and when the husband's name and identity turn out to be fake, the overly ambitious detective is ready to press charges. But Beaumont learns how 20 years of mostly innocent deceit have finally come to bear deadly fruit. This entertaining work moves along at a sprightly pace, sprinkling delicious clues along the way, but readers may conclude that Jance ( Minor in Possession ) isn't playing quite fair--Beaumont misses a crucial identification that a peripheral character makes easily late in the book. Author tour.
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"Solid Entertainment"--" Kirkus Review"Believable And Intense"--" West Coast Review of Books"Jance's Artistry Keeps The Reader Guessing -- And Caring."--" Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Anyway, this was another fun JP Beaumont book. He's becoming a favorite character of mine. I like protagonists who are rather grumpy, which Beau is. But he is a hard worker (in spite of inheriting a large amount of money), he's a loyal friend, and he is especially determined to find out the truth, even if it isn't easy or comfortable. A strange sight met the eyes of the workers in a school district, when they find two of their own dead in a closet in very questionable circumstances. This looks like a simple case of a man taking care of a cheating wife. But it soon becomes much more complicated than that, and Beau is out to find the truth...even if it isn't straightforward. Beau finds out the origin for this murder began a long time ago, and the answer to the case comes out of left field.
The stage is Washington State and the metropolis of Seattle. Very little is spoken about the famous Space Needle except that Beau liked to take his kids there when they would visit. Beau is in Homocide for the Seattle Police. Beginning with the first book you will visit islands in Puget Sound called the San Juan Islands. Most of the book is close to the Seattle area where he stays in his jurisdiction. Although Beau is a well rounded, you learn to enjoy his creeping into change. Don't take my word for these books, just read them. Of course if you have lived in Washington you will enjoy saying "I've been there, I know that place". Enjoy as I have.
I just started re-reading the Beaumont series from the beginning after reading "Second Watch" and have reached the point where Beaumont says "Any mention of the Vietnam War always gets to me, because when the war came, I didn't go." in the book "Payment in Kind".
How does this jive with the subject material in "Second Watch" wherein Lennie D, Beaumont's platoon leader in Vietnam indirectly saves Beaumont's life—in Vietnam? Literary license?
Believable characters and realistic dialogue.
I will re-read this story and always look forward to other works by this author.