Second Watch (J. P. Beaumont Series #21)

Second Watch (J. P. Beaumont Series #21)

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by J. A. Jance

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With Second Watch, New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance delivers another thought-provoking novel of suspense starring Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont.
Second Watch shows Beaumont taking some time off to get knee replacement surgery, but instead of taking his mind off work, the operation plunges him into one of


With Second Watch, New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance delivers another thought-provoking novel of suspense starring Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont.
Second Watch shows Beaumont taking some time off to get knee replacement surgery, but instead of taking his mind off work, the operation plunges him into one of the most perplexing mysteries he's ever faced.
His past collides with his present in this complex and thrilling story that explores loss and heartbreak, duty and honor, and, most importantly, the staggering cost of war and the debts we owe those who served in the Vietnam War, and those in uniform today.

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Publishers Weekly
It takes more than a dual knee replacement to sideline J.P. Beaumont, as shown in bestseller Jance’s appealing 21st novel featuring the crusty Seattle homicide investigator (after 2011’s Betrayal of Trust). Prompted by images from his drug-induced post-surgical dreams, the detective resolves to deal with two sources of guilt he has buried for years: the never-solved 1973 murder of coed Monica Wellington, his first homicide assignment with the Seattle PD; and his failure to seek out the fiancée left behind by the platoon leader who saved his life in Vietnam, 2nd Lt. Lennie Davis. But no sooner does Beau persuade his current boss to reopen the Wellington probe than the supposedly cold case explodes with tragic consequences—and strong suggestions of police corruption. Though the book begins in overly leisurely fashion, plot and pacing soon kick into high gear. In a memorable afterword, Jance relates the heartbreaking story of the real Lennie Davis, a high school friend of hers back in Bisbee, Ariz. Agent: Alice Volpe, Northwest Literary Agency. (Sept.)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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J. P. Beaumont Series, #21
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6.52(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.23(d)

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

Bellevue, Washington
Date of Birth:
October 27, 1944
Place of Birth:
Watertown, South Dakota
B. A., University of Arizona, 1966; M. Ed. in Library Science, University of Arizona, 1970

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Second Watch 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 81 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
J. A. Jance in her new book, “Second Watch” Book Twenty One in the J. P. Beaumont. series published by William Morrow gives us another adventure with Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont. From the back cover:   Getting old is hell. J. P. Beaumont is finally taking some time off to have knee-replacement surgery. But instead of taking his mind off work, the operation plunges him into one of the most perplexing and mind-blowing mysteries he’s ever faced. A series of dreams takes him back to his early days on the force with the Seattle PD, and then even earlier, to his days in Vietnam, reminding him of people and events he hasn’t thought about in years. Are they just drug-induced hallucinations? Beaumont isn’t so sure. When tugging on those threads from long ago leads to present-day murders, Beau’s suspicions are confirmed. Some bodies from the second watch just won’t stay buried. A masterful demonstration of J. A. Jance’s superb craftsmanship, Second Watch is a thought-provoking novel that is also a poignant look at one of the most painful and divisive moments in our history—Vietnam—and a reminder of the staggering cost of war and the debts we owe to those who served then . . . and those who do now. All of us are getting old and in the process of growing old sometimes parts of our bodies wear out.  I remember my mother had double knee replacement surgery and it wasn’t fun for her and Ms. Jance shows us that it is not fun for Beau either.  During his recovery process he remembers what is a cold case for him and his war buddies. Wow, “Second Watch” has a lot going on two cases while all the while recovering.  This is my first case with J. P. Beaumont and to be honest I didn’t think he could do it.  No wonder he has had twenty cases before this he is very good.  Ms. Jance has given us a wonderful thriller as Beau uses modern technology to solve his twenty year old case.  ”Second Watch” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Ms. Jance has provided us with a fairly exciting book as well as a nice tribute to those who served in Vietnam. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
LadyKara More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the J. P. Beaumont books but this is without a doubt the best for me. There is just something about Beau that I really like and seem to relate to. This book also talked about Vietnam veterans which means something to me because my husband is a Vietnam Vet. The book is well written and makes you keep reading. Well done J. A. Jance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Jance going back to Beau's first days as a newbie cop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just as good as all her other books. Have enjoyed reading her books for years.
lovesbooksRF More than 1 year ago
Second Watch is one of the best in the JP Beaumont series! Reading Jance's notes at the end of the book before reading the book makes the book even better (if that is possible).
Dee5000 More than 1 year ago
This new book is really great! It kept my interest from the first page. Have to admit, I did not think a book that started with J.P getting knee surgery would be so full of suspense!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
There's that case that lingers in the mind of every single cop. The one that will never go away. The one in which the victim can never rest. For Detective J.P. Beaumont, that is the case that happened forty years ago. The one that was simply tagged at the Girl in the Barrel. The only reason that it remains on J.P.'s mind is that while undergoing double knee replacement surgery, he's been haunted by the ghost of Monica Wellington, the girl in the barrel. She reminds him of the promise he made to her mother, Hannah, that they would never rest until the case was solved. And they hadn't solved it. Like another cold case, this one torments the sleeping hours while J.P. recovers in the hospital. Taken back to that time period in rich detail through his dreams he remembers the case as if it just happened. Yet something besides the ghost of Monica is plaguing his sleep. It is why they were never able to solve that case. Taking into consideration, that things like DNA testing and technology were not as prevalent as they are today, he's hoping that he can finally solve the case and lay both Monica's spirit and his conscience to rest. Now his only issue with not being able to walk or drive is how to reopen a case that was sealed forty years ago while he remains in the hospital? Just what would be his reasoning? He knew that sharing that the ghost of Monica was haunting his dreams wouldn't pass, so he opted for the case that was never solved that every cop wants to see come to a resolved end. J.P. only ghost however isn't just Monica, he's also seeing Lt. Lennie Davis or Lennie D as his friends referred to him. Lennie has something he needs J.P. to do and he can't rest until there is peace in his life, the one he never was able to return home to after serving in Vietnam. So J.P. is once more transported back to Vietnam and that fateful day that changed both of their lives forever. I received Second Watch by best selling author J.A. Jance compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is a first for me, reading J.A. Jance's novels but I absolutely LOVED this one. It truly is a must read for fans of crime murder mystery's or shows like Criminal Minds. In fact while reading it I heard Jack Webb (Dragnet) as the narrator's voice so it really made the novel that believable for me. The flash backs into J.P.'s past were well done and gave you insight into what is the character's motivation to find have absolution and resolution in his life in each of this situations, with one being personal with his past in Vietnam, one he hasn't even shared with his wife and fellow cop, Mel. This is one of those novels that you will think about long after it's over primarily because it's that real. I rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and look forward to reading more from J.A. Vance in the near future.
gqb01 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The plot(s) moved quickly and sadly, it ended before i was ready for it to. I also enjoyed the epilogue. One problem I had with this book is that I seriously doubt if Catholic school tuition was $7500 per student back in 1973! My school has not approached that yet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beau, his fellow officers and family are involved in solving an old case. His experiences in Vietnam are woven into this story. Really enjoyed the story, the characters and recommend it.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
As Beaumont is recovering from double knee surgery, he starts having visions from the pain medication. The first one is Monica Wellington that was murdered in 1973 and one of his first cases while working with the Seattle PD. The second visit is from Douglas Davis, a platoon leader in Vietnam that brings back numerous memories that Beaumont suppressed. Beaumont decides to reopen the Wellington case to bring closure to her parents and to find Davis’ fiancé that he never got to marry. This is my first Beaumont/J.A. Janice story. I really liked this story; I couldn’t wait to find out what happens next. The only thing that did make the story drag was there was a little too much description on some people. Don’t get me wrong, it did help me figure out who was who but it got a touch boggy. Beyond that, this book is a great mystery. I definitely be getting the other books in this series and catching up on what I missed. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, one of her best, couldn't put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now that he's slowing down, it's great to look back at some of the cases that started it all. I loved the juxtaposition of the ailing/healing older JP and the younger/innocent JP. Worth the wait.
bonemike More than 1 year ago
Even with the artifice of the post-op drug hallucinations showing Beau the path he must take, I loved this novel. I'm a retired orthopaedic surgeon and, without commenting on the hallucinations, Beau's post-op course was quite believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A rare opportunity for a "do-over" has Beau hopping despite double knee replacement surgery. It's a terrific read from beginning to end. Highly recommend this one!
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Loved it, related to the viet nam era and enjoyed the story,
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joanscorner More than 1 year ago
J.A. Jance continues to provide that "on the edge of my seat" interest.
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I loved it, but then I always enjoy J.A. Jance mysteries. It was fun to read another J.P. Beaumont and see what he's been doing. I've been reading Jance mysteries for many years and I feel like I actually know these characters. Great buy for an e- book!