Second Watch (J. P. Beaumont Series #21) [NOOK Book]

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New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance delivers one of the most dramatically thrilling and powerful novels of her career—an emotional and resonant mystery that takes us deep into Seattle detective J. P. Beaumont's past and raises challenging questions about duty, honor, and the debt that is owed to those who sacrifice their lives for their country

Second Watch

Getting old is hell. J. P. Beaumont is finally taking some time off to have ...

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

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance delivers one of the most dramatically thrilling and powerful novels of her career—an emotional and resonant mystery that takes us deep into Seattle detective J. P. Beaumont's past and raises challenging questions about duty, honor, and the debt that is owed to those who sacrifice their lives for their country

Second Watch

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062134691
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Series: J. P. Beaumont Novel , #21
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 994
  • File size: 567 KB

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. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle and Tucson.

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 September 10, 2013

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    J. A. Jance in her new book, ¿Second Watch¿ Book Twenty One in t

    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.”

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2013

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    There's that case that lingers in the mind of every single cop.

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2013

    I have read all of the J. P. Beaumont books but this is without

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book. The plot(s) moved quickly and sadly

    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!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Jance fans will love this

    I loved Jance going back to Beau's first days as a newbie cop.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Highly recommend

    This book is just as good as all her other books. Have enjoyed reading her books for years.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    JA Jance at her best

    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).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    This new book is really great! It kept my interest from the fir

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Enjoyed very much

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2014

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    Cold Case and Haunting from the Past

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Great read, one of her best, couldn't put the book down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Great read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

    More!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Beau at his best!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2013

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    Her newest book SECOND WATCH with J. P. Beaumont (Beau) the Seat

    Her newest book SECOND WATCH with J. P. Beaumont (Beau) the Seattle detective we remember well by J. A. Jance. If you haven’t read her J. P. Beaumont books you will be able to read this one, follow it, and not be left out of the story. 
    Beau is older now and goes into the hospital for double knee surgery. The distant past has not been resolved and in his drug induced state because of the surgery he realizes what he must do to tie up very old loose ends. This is a story about a man with limiting physical issues that will not hold him back from resolving these old issues. It is interesting to see how he uses his mental capabilities and physical dilemma while pursuing the answers.
    Toward the end of the book one of the issues appears resolved. However, Jance throws in another twist to the story. This book is uniquely written and definitely a page turner. (In the closing at the end of the book, she tells how she came to write the story and it is awesome.)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    excellent read keeps drawing me back

    excellent read keeps drawing you back

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    very interesting read

    My husband and I both enjoyed this book all the way to the end.Also we found out how Beau got to be a detective. We have not found any of the J A Jance books to be disappointing and from the teaser for her nest Joanna Brady shows signs of being interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Did not disapoint!!!

    Forgot how much I enjoyed Jances stories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    highly recommend

    another hit from this author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    Sponfeeding

    Its a good thing






    TOO BAD JANCE ASSUMES HIS READERS CANT REASON FOR THEMSELVES- GOT FED UP WTH HIS NOTION OF HAVING TO BE SPOONFED AND QUIT








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