Betrayal of Trust (J. P. Beaumont Series #20)

Betrayal of Trust (J. P. Beaumont Series #20)

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by J. A. Jance
     
 

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Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumontuncovers a dark and deadly conspiracy that reaches deep intothe halls of state government,in this latest thriller from New York Times bestsellingauthor J. A. Jance

At first glance, the video appears to be showing a childish game: a teenage girl with dark wavy hair smiles for the camera, a blue scarf tied around her

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Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumontuncovers a dark and deadly conspiracy that reaches deep intothe halls of state government,in this latest thriller from New York Times bestsellingauthor J. A. Jance

At first glance, the video appears to be showing a childish game: a teenage girl with dark wavy hair smiles for the camera, a blue scarf tied around her neck. All of a sudden things turn murderous, and the girl ends up dead.

It’s as bad as a snuff film can get, and what’s worse, the clip has been discovered on a phone that belongs to the grandson of Washington State’s governor. However, the boy, who has a troubled background, swears that he’s never seen the victim before.

Fortunately, the governor is able to turn to an old friend, J. P. Beaumont, for help. The Seattle private investigator has witnessed many horrific acts over the years, but this one ranks near the top. Even more shocking is that the crime’s multiple perpetrators could be minors.

Along with Mel Soames, his partner in life as well as on the job, Beaumont soon determines that what initially appears to be a childish prank gone wrong has much deeper implications. But Mel and Beau must follow this path of corruption to its very end, before more innocent young lives are lost.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062091857
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/05/2011
Series:
J. P. Beaumont Series , #20
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
21,469
File size:
997 KB

Meet the Author

J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and five interrelated thrillers about the Walker family, as well as a volume of poetry. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Bellevue, Washington
Date of Birth:
October 27, 1944
Place of Birth:
Watertown, South Dakota
Education:
B. A., University of Arizona, 1966; M. Ed. in Library Science, University of Arizona, 1970
Website:
http://www.jajance.com/

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Betrayal of Trust 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved this entire series. A little mix up in the last few books - when they combined Beau and JoAnn from another of her series... but figured it out! I was in tears towards the end-- when things came 'complete' for Beau. SO HOPE this doesn't mean the end of the series! I also loved traveling the state of Washington and Arizona with the books. Kept remembering places we have been in WA! Loved it!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jean Brickell for Readers Favorite "Betrayal of Trust" is a very interesting book that has a unique mystery story. We have a murder, that of a young girl that isn't a murder, then it is a murder. A suicide in the Governor's Mansion is the next. Our detectives are Beaumont and Soames, who just happen to be husband and wife. The exchanges between these two lighten up a dark murder mystery that unfortunately involves young people. The pace is fast, the reader needs to watch the clock as to not read all night. The action takes place in Washington State and the story also includes Texas because of Beaumont's loss of his father even before he was born. The characters are believable and true to life. I liked this book as it has good characters and a very interesting story It is a real page turner and I lost sleep over this book. J.P. Beaumont and Mel Soames work well together: a good husband and wife relationship and even better working relationship as detective partners. Together they hunt down the bad guys using all means necessary, including hunting through garbage to find clues. They dig out information from the Governor's Mansion to junk yards with junk yard dogs. While busy with the case, a cousin of Beaumont contacts him with information about his father. He can't decide whether to follow up or not, but for now he has crimes to solve, so any decision will have to wait until things are quiet. And things are not quiet at this point in the story!
jfinn73716 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book! I really like all Jance novels!
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Lise_Horton More than 1 year ago
Everything about #20 in the JP Beaumont series by J. A. Jance was riveting and timely. High school cyber-bullying. Rich kids versus the poor kids. Sexting, snuff films, predatory teachers crossing sexual boundaries. And the hard lessons learned that assumptions are all too often dead wrong. JP Beaumont is on a case when a snuff film is discovered on the cell phone of the Governor's step-son. He's a troubled kid, who's been taken in by is father, the Governor's husband, and the family dynamic with the family's two teenaged daughters is strained at best. Beaumont and his wife Mel are assigned the case and his own past familiarity with the Governor - with whom he'd gone to school and at whose hands he learned the hard way that being poor and unpopular makes you the target of the offspring of the rich and powerful. But he puts aside his past feelings and, shoulder to shoulder with Mel - his lovely, much younger wife, who is nevertheless as tough as nails. A fact of which he is inordinately proud, even as he nurses her bruised hands. She didn't wait for JP to deal with the lech; she just let fly herself! But as the two of them are drawn deeper and deeper into the lives of a dirt poor family whose daughter's final breaths were recorded on camera, and the lives of the rich and powerful gubernatorial clan, they both have to learn not to jump to conclusions, and that sometimes justice is served - by death. This was a heart-wrenching thriller, with the emotions and relationships of victims' families, and criminals' families, juxtaposed with JP and Mel's marriage, their past, and their future. A wonderful and poignant sub-plot adds a great layer of depth to JP's sad life story and with Mel at his side, he learns of past secrets, and familial sorrow, and the strength of the bonds of love. Jance's books, whether they're the series starring Ali Reynolds, or Joanna Brady, stand-alone thrillers, or the JP Beaumont series - with the tormented, scarred, flawed hero - are not to be missed. Filled with humanity - the good, the bad and the ugly, and wonderfully shivery stories of the darkest deeds visited upon men, and how good can triumph over evil, and how love can make men strong.
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Great book, great series.
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All of the J.P. Beaumont books are great.
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Wonderful. AD
formerhawk More than 1 year ago
Will be reading more of J.P. Beaumont!
gramgramSG More than 1 year ago
I have read all of J.A. Jance. You can start from book 1 or pick one of her books up and start reading. A marvelous writer! Every book is a mystery you can't miss, very entertaining.
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AuntMaryMJ More than 1 year ago
I love JP! This is a great series. I wish another book would come out for it.
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SilverLakeLady More than 1 year ago
As always, J.A. Jance has written another spell-binding book.