Long Time Gone (J. P. Beaumont Series #17)

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New York Times bestselling master J. A. Jance brings back J. P. Beaumont — one of the most enduring and endearing characters in contemporary fiction — in a riveting story about a shocking, long-buried case of murder ...

After more than twenty years of distinguished service with the Seattle Police Department, Jonas Piedmont Beaumont is now working for the Washington State Attorney's Special Homicide Investigation Team or, as it's more commonly ...

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New York Times bestselling master J. A. Jance brings back J. P. Beaumont — one of the most enduring and endearing characters in contemporary fiction — in a riveting story about a shocking, long-buried case of murder ...

After more than twenty years of distinguished service with the Seattle Police Department, Jonas Piedmont Beaumont is now working for the Washington State Attorney's Special Homicide Investigation Team or, as it's more commonly referred, the SHIT squad. But the more things change, the more they stay the same.

An eyewitness to a fifty-year-old murder has just come forward, and Beau has been hand-picked to lead the investigation. While undergoing hypnotherapy, a middle-aged nun unexpectedly recalls the grisly details of a cold-blooded killing she witnessed when she was five years old. Though fear has kept these memories repressed for half a century, they've now risen to the surface to cast a harsh light on a deadly plot that spans two generations. And Beau's caught in the glare, facing a ruthless band of coconspirators willing to go to any lengths to keep their secrets hidden.

Filled with all of the Jance trademarks — heart-stopping suspense, deeply drawn characters, local flavor, intelligence, and humanity — Long Time Gone is a crowning achievement in this bestselling author's career.

Performed by Tim Jerome

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J. P. Beaumont's new assignment is the ultimate cold case: While undergoing hypnotherapy, a middle-aged nun suddenly recalls the hideous details of a killing that she had witnessed 50 years ago. This long-repressed memory becomes the seed of a murder investigation that spans several generations.
Publishers Weekly
Two family tragedies 50 years apart challenge J.P. Beaumont, Seattle investigator for the Washington Special Homicide Investigation Team, in bestseller Jance's taut, colorful 17th entry in a series that started 20 years ago with Until Proven Guilty. The state attorney general assigns Beaumont a cold case after a nun, Sister Mary Katherine, reports horrific dreams that indicate a long-repressed memory of witnessing a murder. But he's distracted when the former wife of his best friend, Ron Peters, is killed and suspicion falls on Ron's family, causing havoc. Jance is smart enough not to combine the two disparate cases in anything but locale, but she forces Beaumont to choose between friendship and duty-his relationship with the distraught Peters family forbids him from working their case, but he aches to help. The clever and complex plot line involving the nun shows Jance at her best, revealing a coverup that still threatens after many decades. The Peters plot is a frightening lesson in miscommunication, and though the reader may suspect the murderer early on, the stunning motive is only slowly revealed. While Jance writes without the humor of an Ed McBain or Robert B. Parker, fans of those authors will appreciate Beaumont. Agent, Alice Volpe at Northwest Literary Agency. 15-city author tour. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The popular series continues as Seattle investigator J.P. Beaumont is faced with a shocking, long-buried case of murder. Jance lives in Seattle and Tucson. A 15-city author tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
J.P. Beaumont, a member of Seattle's Special Homicide Investigation Team, runs interference for two friends involved in murder. Former schoolmate Bonnie Jean Dunleavy, now Sister Mary Katherine, Mother Superior at St. Benedict convent, has been having excruciating nightmares. Another school chum, a hypnotherapist, brings her to Beau when his sessions with her indicate that repressed memories of a murder she witnessed 40 years ago are breaking through. Then Beau's best friend Ron Peters, a paraplegic involved in a nasty custody battle, becomes the prime suspect when his ex-wife Rosemary is killed. He yearns to confess, but Beau thinks he's covering for his daughter Heather, who didn't want to live with her mom. Amid wispy subplots, Beau must blast through a well-financed cover-up to bring Sister Mary Katherine to her childhood home for a confrontation with her neighbor's homicidal relatives, while Heather must cope with an unholy alliance between her boyfriend Dillon and her argumentative aunt before she can exorcise her demons. The conclusion finds Beau contemplating a professional and romantic partnership with Melissa Soames. The literary equivalent of a paint-by-numbers kit, with no real surprises but no major flaws from old hand Jance (Partners in Crime, 2002, etc.).
Entertainment Weekly
“Taut . . . entertaining.”
Dallas Morning News
“Suspenseful, action-packed.”
Orlando Sentinel
“Credible and entertaining.”
Praise for J.A. Jance:“Jance delivers a devilish page-turner.”
Washington Times
“J.A. Jance does not disappoint her fans.”
Tucson Citizen
“Crisply written and filled with suspense.”
Statesman Journal (Oregon)
“J.A. Jance knows suspense. Her latest thriller shines. . . .Jance is addictive.”
Praise for J.A. Jance:“Jance delivers a devilish page-turner.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060796662
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/26/2005
  • Series: J. P. Beaumont Series , #17
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged Audio, 10 CDs, 12 hours
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 5.38 (h) x 1.55 (d)

Meet the Author

J. A. Jance

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 four 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.


Considering J. A. Jance's now impressive career -- which includes two massively popular mystery series and status as a New York Times bestseller -- it may be difficult to believe that she was initially strongly discouraged from literary pursuits. A chauvinistic creative writing professor advised her to seek out a more "ladylike" job, such as nurse or schoolteacher. Moreover, her alcoholic husband (a failed Faulkner wannabe) assured her there was room in the family for only one writer, and he was it. Determined to make her doomed marriage work, Jance put her writing on the back burner. But while her husband slept, she penned the visceral poems that would eventually be collected in After the Fire.

Jance next chose to use her hard times in a more unlikely manner. Encouraged by an editor to try writing fiction after a failed attempt at a true-crime book, she created J. P. Beaumont, a homicide detective with a taste for booze. Beaumont's drinking problem was clearly linked to Jance's dreadful experiences with her first husband; but, as she explains it: "Beaumont was smart enough to sober up, once the problem was brought to his attention. My husband, on the other hand, died of chronic alcoholism at age 42." So, from misfortune grew one of the most popular characters in modern mystery fiction. Beaumont debuted in 1985's Until Proven Guilty -- and, after years of postponing her writing career, Jance was on her way.

As a sort of light flipside to the dark Beaumont, Jance created her second series in 1991. Inspired by the writer's happier role as a mom, plucky small-town sheriff Joanna Brady was introduced in Desert Heat and struck an immediate chord with readers. In 2005, Jance added a third story sequence to her repertoire with Edge of Evil, featuring Ali Reynolds, a former TV reporter-turned-professional blogger.

And so, the adventures continue! A career such as Jance's would be extraordinary under any circumstances, but considering the obstacles she overcame to become a bestselling, critically acclaimed novelist, her tale is all the more compelling. As she explains it: "One of the wonderful things about being a writer is that everything -- even the bad stuff -- is usable."

Good To Know

Geographically speaking, Jance is equal parts J. P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady. She splits her time between Beaumont's big-city home of Seattle and Brady's desert residence of Arizona.

Before her writing career become truly lucrative, Jance made little more than "fun money" off her books, and on her web site, she wryly recalls "the Improbable Cause trip to Walt Disney World; the Minor in Possession memorial powder room; the Payment in Kind memorial hot tub."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Judith Ann Jance
    2. Hometown:
      Bellevue, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 27, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Watertown, South Dakota
    1. Education:
      B. A., University of Arizona, 1966; M. Ed. in Library Science, University of Arizona, 1970
    2. Website:

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Long Time Gone LP

A Novel of Suspense
By J. Jance

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 J. Jance
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060787201

Chapter One

Anyone who is dumb enough to live on one side of Lake Washington and work on the other is automatically doomed to spend lots of time stuck in bridge traffic. Such was the case one January morning as I headed for my job as an investigator for the Washington State Attorney's Special Homicide Investigation Team, known fondly to all of us who work there by that unfortunate moniker, the SHIT squad.

I live in Belltown Terrace, a condo at the upper end of Second Avenue in downtown Seattle. My office is sixteen miles away in a south Bellevue neighborhood called Eastgate. That morning's commute was hampered by two separate phenomena, both of which were related to a mid-January blast of arctic air that had come swooping down on western Washington from the Gulf of Alaska. The first traffic hazard was black ice, which had turned most of the minor side streets into skating rinks. Unfortunately, I'm a world-class procrastinator, and the winter weather had snuck up on me while my Porsche 928 was still decked out in summer-performance tires.

The other major traffic hazard was mountains--not driving over them, but seeing them. For nine months of the year, the mountains around Seattle are mostly invisible. Hidden by cloud cover, they sit there minding their own business, but when the "mountains are out," as we say around here, and Mount Rainier emerges in all its snow-clad splendor, trouble is bound to follow. Unwary drivers, entranced by the unaccustomed view, slam into the fenders of the cars in front of them, and traffic comes to a dead stop. The frigid air had left the snowcapped mountains vividly beautiful against a clear blue sky. As a result, I-90 was littered with pieces of scattered sheet metal, chrome-trim pieces, and speeding tow trucks.

Between ice- and gawker-related accidents, my normal twentyminute commute had turned into an hour-long endurance test. Adding insult to injury was the fact that this was my first morning back at work after a weeklong stay in Hawaii. You'll notice I said stay, not vacation, because it wasn't. I was there as father of the groom. Anyone who's been down that road knows it's no cakewalk.

The wedding had come up suddenly when Scott telephoned the day after Christmas to say that he and Cherisse were giving up their long-planned, no-holds-barred, late-summer extravaganza of a wedding in favor of a hastily arranged and low-key affair that would take place on a private beach near Waikiki the second week in January. As plans for the summer wedding had burgeoned out of control, I had been less than thrilled about the way things were going. A lowattendance affair that would consist of bride and groom, best people, and an assortment of parental units was much more to my liking.

I did wonder briefly if a misstep in birth-control planning had accounted for this sudden change in plans. That certainly had been the case when I had masterminded my daughter's hasty marriage to her husband, Jeremy. Now, several years and 1.6 kids later, Kelly and Jeremy were doing just fine, and I had no doubt Scott and Cherisse would do the same. So I rented a tux, booked my hotel room and plane tickets, and was on my way. I didn't find out that I was wrong about the unwed pregnancy bit until after I checked into my hotel room outside Honolulu.

I had just finished stowing my luggage when Dave Livingston stopped by my room to give me the real story.

Dave, by the way, is my first wife's second husband and her official widower. He's also Scott's stepfather and a hell of a nice guy. Right after Karen died, Dave and I both made an extra effort to get along--for the kids' sake. It may have been a phony act to begin with, but over time it's turned real enough. As far as parental units go, Dave and I are all Scott Beaumont has. Dave had flown in from L.A. the night before and had eaten dinner with Cherisse's folks, Helene and Pierre Madrigal, who had arrived on a flight from France the previous day.

There are a number of things I didn't learn about Dave Livingston until the occasion of Scott's wedding. For one thing, he speaks French. I have no idea why an accountant from Southern California would be, or would even need to be, fluent in French, but he was and is. In the course of that initial dinner he had sussed out that Pierre, age fiftyseven, had recently been diagnosed with a recurrence of prostate cancer. He and his wife had decided to postpone his next round of treatment until after the wedding. This bit of bad news no doubt accounted for the sudden change in wedding plans, and rightly so. In my opinion, postponing cancer treatment for any reason is never a good idea. Scott and Cherisse were obviously concerned that by summertime his condition might have deteriorated to the point where traveling to their wedding would be impossible.

And so I found myself in the middle of a wedding event that was complicated by a family health crisis and confounded by limited communication skills. Unlike Dave, I am not fluent in French. My daughter had thoughtfully sent along a French/English phrase book that she thought might be useful. Unfortunately the usual tourist-focused contents made zero mention of PSA counts or prostate difficulties, so I couldn't have talked to Pierre about his situation even if I had wanted ...


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All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fabulous Beaumont investigative tale

    In Western Washington, her parents warns five years old Bonnie Jean Dunleavy to stay inside the house until they return or else. Fearing punishment she listens, but looks out the kitchen window when a car pulls into the driveway of her neighbor Mimi. Two people step out of the vehicle and kill Mimi. Bonnie rushes outside to help Mimi, but is warned to leave and say nothing or else................. Several decades later in Seattle Frederick Mackenzie visits his high school friend Special Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont to ask a favor. A person who also attended their high school, Bonnie Jean recently remembered witnessing a homicide when she was a little girl. Beaumont tells Freddy Mac that he only handles cases assigned to him by Attorney General Connors. To his shock Beaumont is assigned the inquiry, which means someone has clout. He visits Bonnie Jean now Sister Mary Katherine to obtain her statement. He begins to follow up on a ¿cold case¿ murder that he has doubts actually occurred until people try to end his investigation. Beaumont knows something came down years ago and he plans to find out what.................. LONG TIME GONE is a fabulous Beaumont investigative tale because of the hero¿s reaction to working a cold case that he believes never was more than the imagination of a five year old abused lonely girl even if the nun recalling the incident believes it occurred. The strong story line focuses on Beaumont changing his opinion as he finds evidence that substantiates the Sister¿s story, which is further affirmed by someone wanting Beaumont off the case, dead or alive. J.A. Jance is at her police procedural best with this intriguing Pacific Northwest mystery..................... Harriet Klausner

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    Alaways a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    highly recommend

    I really liked this book. went back and ordered more by J.A. Jance

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  • Posted March 31, 2012


    I've read the whole series now and have enjoyed every one. Hoping for a new one soon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012


    I really enjoy all of the Beaumont series books!

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    Mel King; Iambic Pentametre; the Norsemen; unt Kristoffen Berggren.

    Mizzou is quite a character, yet: ponder this--J. A. Lances' Long Time Gone isn't thaaaat bad.Kinda like a Robert Ludlum work. Yea, even an Barrington Stonington Barrington effort (he's a private dick youse know.) Buy the book and by the by; is Matt Damon really to return in another Jason Bourne (a.k.a. Davidson Webber) treatise or shall Penny Bach make it back again to Baja California for Bonzai Baja?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    Latest book a fun read.

    J A Jance carries you along with her latest adventure of Alli. The caracters are well developed and the plot keeps you entranced. A great escape for a weekend. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

    I have been hooked on J.A.Jance from the time I read my first book by her. I'm not sure which was the first one now.I just know I don't want there to ever be a "Last "one. This one is a great read as all the others are.

    Living in the northwest I am always glad to find a book set in that locale. Now I also have a married daughter and grand daughter living in the Seattle area. When a certain resturant is mention in one of the books I want to call one of them and ask if they have been there.
    Her people and places are all so real, I would love to really know Beau.
    I am NOT a writer so won't try to go on and on but just want J.A.Jance to know how great I think her books are, the same goes for her Joanna Brady series too. I will be starting her new Ali Reynolds series tomorrow night. But I hope this doesn't mean the end of either of the two other series.
    Mostly, just please don't stop writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2005

    A Thrilling Read

    Another exciting read by this author. The 17th book in a series that has spanned decades this one won't dissapoint. The book has all the right elements, suspense, excitement, mystery. I was enthralled from start to finish. The characters and plot are well executed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2005


    Sometimes even the passage of half a century cannot bury the secrets of a horrific crime. That's what J.P. 'Beau' Beaumont learns in this thriller from the estimable J.A. Jance. Readers will remember that Beau has put in 20 years with the Seattle Police Department. He's now with the Washington State Attorney's Special Homicide Investigation Team, and finds himself dubbed to track a cold case, a very cold case. A nun, Sister Mary Katherine, has undergone hypnotherapy during which she recalled a heinous crime, a murder, that she witnessed when she was a child. Evidently fear had kept this memory from surfacing, and fearful she should be because while the victim is long dead the complex plot behind the killing is not. As if that weren't enough to keep Beau busy the former wife of his best friend, Ron Peters, is killed and the Peters family seems to be emerging as prime subjects. Jance is at the peak of her powers with the seventeenth in this series, and Harry Chase is a sterling reader. His calm, distinct voice ranges easily from sincere to sinister holding listeners in his spell. - Gail Cooke

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