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Five-year-old Junior Weston was hiding in a closet the night his entire family was brutally slaughtered. He caught a glimpse of the killer's face, and now the little boy's life is on the line. The only one who can help him is detective J. P. Beaumont, but even Beau's dogged persistence and reckless courage may not be enough to save the boy and put the killer behind bars. Who could have killed Officer "Gentle Ben" Weston of the Seattle P.D.? Known for his unswerving honesty and kindness, Weston was a model cop. ...
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Overview

Five-year-old Junior Weston was hiding in a closet the night his entire family was brutally slaughtered. He caught a glimpse of the killer's face, and now the little boy's life is on the line. The only one who can help him is detective J. P. Beaumont, but even Beau's dogged persistence and reckless courage may not be enough to save the boy and put the killer behind bars. Who could have killed Officer "Gentle Ben" Weston of the Seattle P.D.? Known for his unswerving honesty and kindness, Weston was a model cop. But his bulldog assault on the Rainy City's gangs earned him enemies in surprising places, and nasty rumors are starting to surface about his ties to the Bloods and the Crips. Enter J. P. Beaumont, a recovering alcoholic detective with a hot temper and a cold nose for clues, whose resolution to clear his friend's name results in a suicidal computer freak, a showdown with several steely-eyed gang members, and explosive revelations in the top ranks of the Seattle P.D. From the cobbled streets of Pioneer Square to the exclusive suburban villas of Beaux Arts, Without Due Process is a clever, fast-moving novel of greed, suspense, and astonishing courage, with one of the most humane and fast-thinking cops around. Full of the Jance hallmarks of breakneck plotting, vivid characterization, and intricate imagination, Without Due Process is a stellar display of imaginative talent and storytelling prowess.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
. Gripping but somewhat unconvincing novel of police murder and cover-up in Seattle. (Oct.)
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The brutal murder of a black cop and his family tests the procedural skills of Seattle police detective J.P. Beaumont, the paperback hero recently promoted to hardcover ( Hour of the Hunter , Morrow, 1991). Jance, who energizes this adventure with slick, made-for-TV plotting, fast-paced action, and canned dialog, focuses on a surviving child witness, possible police corruption, rival street gangs, and Beaumont's previous friendship with the victim. Lean forward, grab on, and ride for adventure.
Bill Ott
Jance's J. P. Beaumont series, a long-running, mass-market paperback success, now comes to hardcover. There's nothing particularly remarkable about the series, starring Seattle police detective Beaumont, but there's nothing much wrong with it, either. This installment finds Beaumont investigating the deaths of friend and fellow cop Ben Weston and his family, all brutally murdered in their south Seattle home. Early clues suggest that Weston may have been a dirty cop, but Beaumont's not buying it. The trail leads to Seattle's rival gangs and to a protection scam within the department. Beaumont makes an engaging hero, and Jance uses the Seattle setting to good effect, though not as creatively as Earl Emerson does in his Thomas Black series. Still, as no-frills procedural fare--basically sticking to the formula but mixing the familiar ingredients effectively--the Beaumont novels deliver solid entertainment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380758371
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Series: J. P. Beaumont Series , #10
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (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."

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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
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Without Due Process

Chapter One

Back in the not-so-distant and not-so-good old days, I remember staying up until all hours every April 14 finishing up my income tax returns. It wasn't because they were all that complicated because there was never that much money. No, the difficulty was always nothing more or less than an almost fatal tendency to procrastinate where income taxes are concerned. Once I had completed the dirty job, likely as not I'd reward myself with a couple of stiff belts of MacNaughton's.

A few things have changed since then, some of them for the better. For one, I'm trying, one day at a time, to keep away from Demon Rum. For another, thanks to Anne Corley, there's a hell of a lot more money in my life, and as a consequence, a much more complicated income tax problem. These days, my relations with the IRS are handled by a CPA firm hired and supervised by my attorney and friend, Ralph Ames, whose presence in my life I also owe to Anne Corley. The only thing that hasn't changed is my tendency to procrastinate.

That's why, on the evening of April 14, Ralph showed up around eight o'clock, bringing with him my completed but unsigned returns. The ink was still wet. Ralph, who has been through this exercise with me now a time or two, had held a gun to my accountant's head and insisted that, no, we were not going to file for an extension.

I fixed a pot of coffee, and for a while we sat in my living room window seat, visiting and watching the nighttime boat traffic crisscrossing the black expanse of Puget Sound. Finally, though, Ralph cleared his throat, switched on the table lamp, and handed me the weighty manila envelope. "Time to go towork," he said.

As I read over the return, I knew better than to expect to get anything back, but when I hit the bottom line and saw that the amount due equaled 80 percent of my annual take-home pay as a homicide detective for the Seattle Police Department, I about hit the roof.

"You've got to be kidding! That's how much I owe?"

Ralph Ames nodded and grinned. "Can I help it if you're making money hand over fist? We lucked into some very good investments this last year. Stop complaining and write the check, Beau. You can transfer in enough money to cover it tomorrow or the next day."

First I signed the return, then I reached for the checkbook. With pen in hand I paused long enough to verify that astonishing figure one last time. "What's the point in working then?" I demanded irritably. "Why bother to show up down at the department day after day?"

Ralph waited patiently for me to finish writing the check. When I handed it over to him, he put both the signed return and the check on the coffee table.

"Good question." He smiled. "Seems to me I've mentioned that very thing to you a time or two myself. You need to lighten up, Beau, Work less, learn to have some fun, maybe even find yourself a woman. That's an idea. Whatever happened to Marilyn? I haven't seen her around here for some time."

Marilyn Sykes, the former chief of police on Mercer Island, had been a sometime thing, someone to chum around with and take to bed occasionally until she up and turned serious on me. With a lucrative job offer from Santa Clara, California, in hand, she had come to me with an ultimatum to either get with the program as in marriage or else forget it because she was leaving. She took the job in Santa Clara.

"She got married," I said. "Just before Christmas last year. To some big-time electronics wizard down in California. She sent me an announcement."

"You'll get over her eventually," Ralph said.

I shrugged. "It wasn't that big a thing, really."

Ralph shook his head. "I wasn't talking about Marilyn Sykes," he said carefully.

Without another word, I got up and went to the kitchen to get more coffee. Ralph Ames was one of the few people who knew just how big a hole Anne Corley's death had torn in my heart. It's not something I like to advertise. Years later, I still don't much want to talk about it. Not even with Ralph.

For a few minutes I avoided the subject by dinking around in the kitchen and making one more pot of coffee. Then, just as the coffee finished, I was saved by the bell in the guise of a timely phone call that cut off all further discussion.

The familiar voice on the other end of the line belonged to Sergeant Watkins, the day desk sergeant in Homicide. My partner, Detective "Big Al Lindstrom and I were on call that night, so the phone call was no particular surprise. What was surprising was for Watty to be making the call rather than the night-shift sergeant. Not only that, he sounded genuinely relieved to hear my voice.

"Glad you're okay, Beau," he said. "I'm more worried about the guys who don't live in secure high rises. Big Al's all right too, by the way. I just checked. He's coming in from Ballard right now. I told him to stop by and pick you up. We need you both down at the department ASAP. I'll meet you there."

That meant Watty had called me from home. His coming back into the department at night was more than slightly out of the ordinary, so something was definitely up. "What's going on?" I asked.

Without Due Process. Copyright © by J. Jance. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Great

    Great installment for the 10th book of the series. A lot of action and wonder that kept me guessing and genuinely surprised me at the end. I was wondering when Beaumont would finally tackle a crooked case and he didnt disappoint. Worth the buy and worth the read.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    Highly recommend the whole series

    I have read them all now and enjoyed every book! Hoping for a new one soon.

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    Another great J.P. Beaumont story, fast paced, at the edge of your seat kind of story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Love them all

    J.A. Jance is one of the best crime authors I have had to pleasure of reading, as a matter of fact after I received my Nook, I started purchasing her books to read them all again.

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    Excellent

    I've read all of her previous books and this was the best. I'm looking forward to reading the remaining books in the series.

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    Posted January 23, 2009

    One of the best of the J.P. Beaumont series

    It kept me captivated. Flows well and details are easily assimilated when the final chapter arrives. I really enjoyed it.

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