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J. P. Beaumont's latest investigation strikes too close to home in this riveting mystery from New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance.

Be careful what you wish for . . .

Before he retired, J. P. Beaumont had looked forward to having his days all to himself. But too much free time doesn't suit a man used to brushing close to danger. When his longtime nemesis, retired Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole, dies in what's officially deemed to be an accidental fire, Beau is astonished to be dragged into the investigation at the request of none other than the deceased victim himself. In the process Beau learns that just because a long-ago case was solved doesn't mean it's over.

Caught up in a situation where old actions and grudges can hold dangerous consequences in the present, Beau is forced to operate outside the familiar world of law enforcement. While seeking justice for his frenemy and healing for a long fractured family, he comes face to face with an implacable enemy who has spent decades hiding in plain sight.

Author Notes

Judith Ann (J. A.) Jance was born in Watertown, South Dakota on October 27, 1944. She received a degree in English and secondary education in 1966 and a M. Ed. in library science in 1970 from the University of Arizona. Before becoming an author, she taught high school English, worked as a school librarian on a Native American reservation, and sold insurance.

She is the author of many popular mystery series including the J. P. Beaumont Mystery series, Joanna Brady Mystery series, and the Ali Reynolds series. She won the American Mystery Award for Without Due Process in 1992 and for Failure to Appear in 1993. Both of these titles are books in the J. P. Beaumont Mystery series. In 2014, her fiction book, A Last Goodbye, made the New York Times bestseller list.

Random Acts, a title in A Joanna Brady and Ali Reynolds Novella Series, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Retired Seattle PD detective J. P. Beaumont and former police reporter Maxwell Cole, once fraternity brothers, share a mutual dislike. Then the day after they run into each other, Cole dies in a fire at his house. His goddaughter and sole heir, a woman whose life Beaumont once saved in a murder case, asks him to look into whether Cole's death was accidental, as Cole himself advised her to do in an email shortly before he died. Beaumont, living in Bellingham with his police-chief wife, Melissa Soames, has been at loose ends since retiring. So with a directive from the grave, he uses his contacts and his wife's creds to untangle what turns out to be a string of murders touching illegal imports, an Asian gang, and a former high-ranking police official. In a subplot, Beaumont and Soames become foster owners of an Irish wolfhound who rapidly establishes a place in their home and hearts. It's been years since Jance has made Beaumont her main protagonist (Second Watch, 2013); having him back, with renewed zest, is a welcome development.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2017 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In bestseller Jance's entertaining 24th J.P. Beaumont mystery (after 2015's Dance of the Bones), the 72-year-old retired Seattle homicide cop learns that reporter Maxwell Cole, a fraternity brother of his at the University of Washington, has died in a house fire. Maxwell, afraid that he might be murdered, told a family friend, Erin Howard, that he wanted Beau to investigate if he died, because he didn't trust the Seattle police to do the job. Beau's complex past history with Erin leads him to agree to take the case, and Beau's established contacts with computer whiz Todd Hatcher and medical examiner Rosemary Mellon pave the way as he gathers leads and discovers suspicious anomalies. Beau's wife, Mel Soames, the police chief of Bellingham, lends a hand, and both tread carefully when clues suggest that former Seattle police chief Lawrence Harden, still a powerful figure, might be involved in Maxwell's death. Complications in Beau's personal life, such as fostering Rambo, a 100-pound Irish wolfhound, add spice to this winning blend of humor, compassion, danger, and love. Agent: Alice Volpe, Northwest Literary. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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