Ring In the Dead (J. P. Beaumont Series Novella)

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J. P. Beaumont may be an old homicide hand now, but back when he was a rookie working with his first partner, Milton Gurkey—a.k.a. Pickles—things took a turn for the worse . . .

One day, at the end of Beaumont and Pickles's shift, a stop at the Doghouse restaurant quickly turns deadly. Not feeling well, Pickles steps out into the parking lot for a breath of fresh air and stumbles into a crime in progress. Suffering from a heart attack, he is ...

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Ring In the Dead: A J. P. Beaumont Novella

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Overview

J. P. Beaumont may be an old homicide hand now, but back when he was a rookie working with his first partner, Milton Gurkey—a.k.a. Pickles—things took a turn for the worse . . .

One day, at the end of Beaumont and Pickles's shift, a stop at the Doghouse restaurant quickly turns deadly. Not feeling well, Pickles steps out into the parking lot for a breath of fresh air and stumbles into a crime in progress. Suffering from a heart attack, he is found unconscious, with a dead woman on the ground nearby and the murder weapon in his hand.

With Pickles under investigation from Internal Affairs, it's up to the new kid on the block, J. P. Beaumont, and his friends on the force to find out the truth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062294821
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: J. P. Beaumont Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 70,309
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.40 (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.

Biography

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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  • Posted July 26, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I had first heard of J.A. Jance¿s J.P. Beaumont series way befor

    I had first heard of J.A. Jance’s J.P. Beaumont series way before I became a reviewer, but it wasn’t till now that I actually got to check it out. When William Morrow sent me the review request for this novella, at first I was a little skeptical. I was afraid that it was too far into the series for me to review it! Upon reading the synopsis, I saw that this was actually about Beaumont’s days as a rookie and so I agreed and was blown away.


    J.A. Jance is AMAZING! Ring in the Dead is a perfect place to start for anyone looking to check out the series. I felt an instant emotional connection with the characters, which is a very important thing for me. It wasn’t just a detective solving a case, it was J.P. Beaumont, a person who is trying to solve a case that his partner could take the fall for. I devoured this book, read the 20 page preview of Second Watch and still couldn’t get enough, so I started Until Proven Guilty. Jance has a new fan! I intend to read all of her books now. Not many authors pull me in so deep that I tear through their books but J.A. Jance is one of them and now I know she deserved every bit of the praise I heard as well as my own. If you’re considering reading these, I encourage you do it! You won’t be disappointed. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    100 pages, two chapters. This must be a preview of a book  Why c

    100 pages, two chapters. This must be a preview of a book  Why charge for a preview. If it is is a whole book I will move on to a new read.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    45 pages with an excerpt of next book at the end

    This short story cost .99 and was only 45 pages long. There were several murders and some violence, all were very tame. This was a very clean book, with no other adult themes. It was about Beau's first case as a homicide detective. I have liked all of J.A. Jance's books, except for the newest one, showcasing Anna Pigeon, it was pretty good, just not the excellance I have come to expect. This short story is pefectly edited. I enjoyed it and wished it was longer. The reason I did not give it five stars is because of its length. I think if I have to pay for a book, I should get more than a ten minute read. There is an excerpt at the end, which is also about 45 pages, but it does not tell much and is a cliff hanger in order to get people to pay the $10.00 fee for it.

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    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    answers more questions about J.P.Beaumont's past

    Enjoyed the book and reading more about J.P.'s past and solving some of his hangups. Can,t wait for next book

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Enjoyable

    Nice little pre-quel to the Beaumont series. Gives a glimpse of the younger Beaumont. Enjoyed it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    A quick read. Enjoyable.

    Like most of J.A. Jance's books, it was a good read, albeit short, but then a novella is! Kal7

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Huge J.P. Beaumont Fan

    I liked reading about his past history on the job. I hope Jance does not retire him...EVER.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    short but sweet

    Another reviewer dinged this for being short; guess that the face that this is a novela and not a novel escaped their attention when they chose to read it. It's a quick eead no doubt but nice to egt a glimpse into a part of JP's rookie years.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    Nice short story

    Well done background story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Joe

    Gets up and goes to evil lair.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    An excellent first book in the J. P. Beaumont series

    This was a great introduction to the books that follow in the series. My only regret was that it wasn't long enough.
    The series is very well written and very enjoyable, if you like detective stories.
    I would highly recommend it.

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    TOTALLY AWESOME !

    GOOD TO LEARN "THE REST OF THE STORY"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Good old Beaumont!

    I always enjoy these stories and had wondered how Beau came out with his knees, given the failing state of my own! Any fan of the great Seattle detective will like this one. Having read previous a really good author's short story offered as a Nook special (and a total bust, no story, no plot, just an excuse to tout the next full length book by the writer)I was dubious, but this one restored my confidence.

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    Highly Recommend this Novella

    Great Novella. Fast read and one I could not put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Loved it

    So good to see a new Beaumont book! And I appreciate the timing of the story. If you are a fan, or even have never read a J. P. Beaumont book before, start with this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    highly recommended

    Always enjoy her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Good but not great

    This was too short. It was more of a short story than a novel. However, if you have not read all of the Beaumont series, this gives you some history on Beau.

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  • Posted October 26, 2013

    All Jance books are winners!

    I love all her books but J.P. is my favorite character. Shall we say he is deliciously flawed? Matters not that this is a novella...it satisfies!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Tina

    T.T

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Steel

    Crys...

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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