Justice Denied (J. P. Beaumont Series #18)

Justice Denied (J. P. Beaumont Series #18)

by J. A. Jance

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Overview

The murder of an ex-drug dealer ex-con—gunned down on his mother's doorstep—seems just another turf war fatality. Why then has Seattle homicide investigator J.P. Beaumont been instructed to keep this assignment hush-hush? Meanwhile, Beau's lover and fellow cop, Mel Soames, is involved in her own confidential investigation. Registered sex offenders from all over Washington State are dying at an alarming rate—and not all due to natural causes.

A metropolis the size of Seattle holds its fair share of brutal crime, corruption, and dirty little secrets. But when the separate trails they're following begin to shockingly intertwine, Beau and Mel realize that they have stumbled onto something bigger and more frightening than they anticipated—a deadly conspiracy that's leading them to lofty places they should not enter . . . and may not be allowed to leave alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060540937
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/24/2008
Series: J. P. Beaumont Series , #18
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 137,117
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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.

Hometown:

Bellevue, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 27, 1944

Place of Birth:

Watertown, South Dakota

Education:

B. A., University of Arizona, 1966; M. Ed. in Library Science, University of Arizona, 1970

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By J. Jance

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Chapter One

I was standing in my own bedroom minding my own business and knotting my tie when Mel Soames hopped into the doorway from her room down the hall. She was wearing nothing but a bra and a pair of panties, and she was doing a strange ostrichlike dance as she attempted to put one foot into a pair of panty hose.

"So what are you going to do about a tux?" she asked. "Buy or rent?"

Some questions posed by half-naked women are more easily answered than others. This one had me stumped. What tux? I wondered.

Since I quit drinking, I find I'm in fairly good shape when it comes to remembering things. For example, we had spent most of the weekend on the road, driving down to Ashland, Oregon, to see my month-old grandson, Kyle Roger Cartwright. I remembered the eight-hour ride down, including our post-midnight arrival at the Peerless Hotel in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

I remembered spending all of Saturday alternately having my picture taken with and taking pictures of a month-old blanket-wrapped round-faced little kid who looked like he would have preferred sleeping peacefully to being passed from hand to hand during a nonstop day-long photo shoot. I clearly remembered having to explain to my precociousfour-year-old granddaughter, Kayla, that Mel was not her grandmother. And I particularly remembered how much of a kick my daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Jeremy, had gotten out of my trying to dig my way out of that hole.

And I also remembered the eight-hour drive back to Seattle on Sunday afternoon, especially the part where I had managed to keep my mouth shut when Mel was pulled over by an Oregon state trooper for doing seventy-seven miles per hour in a posted sixty-five. (It could have been much worse. The alabaster-white S55 Mercedes sedan I bought used from my friend and lawyer Ralph Ames has five hundred horse-power under the hood, a top speed of 184, and is deceptively quiet.) But the motorcycle cop was a young guy. Mel gave him the full-press blonde treatment complete with a winning if apologetic smile and managed to talk her way out of the ticket. But then, that's Mel for you. However, nothing in all those bits of memory even hinted at my needing a tux. For any reason whatsoever.

"Buy," I said.

It was a desperate gamble, but I came up winners. Mel shot me a radiant smile. "Good answer," she said. "We should probably plan on doing that at lunchtime, or maybe right after work. That way, if there's tailoring that needs to be done . . ."

Snapping her panty hose in place, she disappeared back down the hall to finish dressing. I finished knotting my tie and then went out into the kitchen to drink coffee and contemplate my fate. Tux or not, Mel Soames brought something to the table that wasn't half bad.

We had met working for the Washington State attorney general's Special Homicide Investigation Team, the SHIT squad, as it's derisively known in local cop-shop circles. I had gone there after bailing out of homicide at Seattle PD. My former partner, Sue Danielson, had died in a shoot-out, and I had wanted to find a way to keep my hand in law enforcement without having to deal with the emotional stress of a partner. Ross Alan Connors, the A.G., had offered me just such a position. Mel, it turned out, had come to Washington State and to SHIT for a similar reason, only the partnership problem she was leaving behind was a bad marriage and a worse divorce. But then we got turned into partners anyway—unofficially and without either one of us necessarily meaning for it to happen.

In the course of several memorable days, Mel had ended up watching my back in not one but two life-and-death situations. It turned out she was damned good at it, too. And then when someone ran me through a greenhouse wall, cut open my scalp, and filled me full of tiny glass shards, she had brought me home from the ER and had stayed on to look after me. (Months later, little slivers of glass still pop up occasionally when I'm shaving.)

To begin with, Mel camped out in the guest room down the hall, but over the course of time that had changed, too. The only parts of the guest suite she now uses are the closet and the bathroom. We call it her dressing room.

It goes without saying that we're both well beyond the age of consent and old enough to know that working together and living together is a very bad idea. SHIT is a new-enough agency that nobody has ever quite gotten around to setting down in writing all the rules and procedures about what should or shouldn't be done. If they had, I'm sure cohabitation between fellow investigators would be close to the top of the prohibited list. But there's no fool like an old fool—or maybe even a pair of them.

And so, even though it's probably a bad idea, we do it anyway. Sometimes we stay at Mel's place in Bellevue, but mostly we stay at my high-rise condo in Seattle's Denny Regrade neighborhood. (Much better view from the penthouse at Belltown Terrace than from her third-story apartment in the burbs!) We car-pool together in the express lanes across Lake Washington and then pick up or drop off the other vehicle in the park-and-ride lot on the east side of the lake.

A word about my condo. New acquaintances are often curious about how a retired Homicide cop happens to sit in the penthouse suite of one of Seattle's most desirable high-rises. The truth is, I wouldn't be in Belltown Terrace at all if it weren't for Anne Corley, my second wife, whose shocking death left me holding an unexpected fortune. I had never driven a Porsche until I inherited hers. And it was only after that one finally bit the dust—after being mashed flat by a marauding Escalade—that I had gone looking for something else.



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Justice Denied (J. P. Beaumont Series #18) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
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wdwilson3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read a J.P. Beaumont book by Jance many (20?) years ago and thought it was just OK, but didn¿t like it enough to read another until now. I wondered whether my opinion would change with this relatively recent release. It did. I couldn¿t stand it. I got the audio book version on CD, and I stopped listening after the second disc. Enormous amounts of backstory have accumulated over the years, much of which was trotted out to pad the thread of a plot. Domestic doings may be fine if you¿ve read the intervening books, but they seemed tedious, gratuitous, and trivial to me. Through disc 2, the total ¿detection¿ done by Beaumont was one poorly handled interview and one phone call to a police buddy who gave him all the basics of the case.Just as annoying to me is the tone of Beaumont¿s narration, which seems to be aimed at someone with a sixth-grade education. I felt like I was being talked down to.I¿m giving this book two stars on the chance that the next 6 discs hold treasure. Otherwise, it would be one.
prpl_reader_services on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book opens with the murder of an ex con who seemed to be on the straight and narrow. J.P. Beaumont is called in to investigate, while his colleague/girlfriend Mel Soames is investigating a series of murders of registered sex offenders. Soon their investigations collide. The pacing is good, and the characters are very likeable, but I was not amused by the repeated references to the Special Homicide Investigation Team (the acronym is a 'joke' that is overplayed) and the ending fell flat for me. LS
MichaelDeavers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
J. A. Jance created another winner in this J. P. Beaumont series.I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have read just about all the books and this could be her best, although all are great reads. Briefly you will find that in Justice Denied detective J.P. Beaumont investigates the brutal murder of a man (Tompkins) that had been released from prison. At the same time Mel Soames, Beaumont's partner is investigating the suspicious deaths of sex crime offenders. And now the story takes off that gave me a gripping mystery with wonderful characters as it spirals and makes a lot surprises. The characters have depth and multiple dimensions and its a Gripping Mystery that draws your tensions tighter. I'd gladly recommend this book to all my friends.
addunn3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Our hero is tracking down a killer of excons who were rapists. Good action with the usual family stuff mixed in. Good, quick read.
seasidereader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I started reading Jance years ago with this series and subsequently discovered Joanna Brady series, which I like as well. It's puzzling that an accomplished author can turn out such poor stand-alones like Web of Evil.
reannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
J. A. Jance has serveral mystery sereis running. Of the two I've read, one is about J.P. Beaumont, a male Seattle homicide detective, and one about Joanna Brady, a widowed sheriff in Arizona. Jance is a woman, but oddly enough her Beaumont series seems to be more popular. The author manages to write a male ccharacter that seems quite real.This is an excellent entry in the series, though at times it seems like the author, and the characters, have too many balls in the air and one comes close to losing the unifying thread. But ti all works out to a most satislfying resolution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Excellent story and as always the best book I have ever read. J.A Jance never disappoints.
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Victini and Gothitelle useally meditate in this tent. If you have any questions for them, your we.come to ask. Keldeo doesnt come into the tent often but you can find him around the town. ((Res 2))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always a great read and this one is really good.
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Lencrest More than 1 year ago
J. A. Vance hasn't let us down yet. Good fun to read wehn you want to put your mind at ease!
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sequim More than 1 year ago
I have read the whole series now. Hoping for a new one soon!
blth More than 1 year ago
The book arrived in good shape as promised.
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