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Proof of Life
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Proof of Life
J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 23

J. P. Beaumont's latest investigation strikes too close to home in this riveting mystery from New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance.

Be careful what you wish for . . .

Before he retired, J. P. Beaumont had looked forward to having his days all to himself. But too much free time doesn't suit a man used to brushing close to danger. When his longtime nemesis, retired Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole, dies in what's officially deemed to be an accidental fire, Beau is astonished to be dragged into the investigation at the request of none other than the deceased victim himself. In the process Beau learns that just because a long-ago case was solved doesn't mean it's over.

Caught up in a situation where old actions and grudges can hold dangerous consequences in the present, Beau is forced to operate outside the familiar world of law enforcement. While seeking justice for his frenemy and healing for a long fractured family, he comes face to face with an implacable enemy who has spent decades hiding in plain sight.

J. P. Beaumont's latest investigation strikes too close to home in this riveting mystery from New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance.

Be careful what you wish for . . .

Before he retired, J. P. Beaumont had looked forward to having his days all to himself. But too much free time doesn't suit a man used to brushing close to danger. When his longtime nemesis, retired Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole, dies in what's officially deemed to be an accidental fire, Beau is astonished to be dragged into the investigation at the request of none other than the deceased victim himself. In the process Beau learns that just because a long-ago case was solved doesn't mean it's over.

Caught up in a situation where old actions and grudges can hold dangerous consequences in the present, Beau is forced to operate outside the familiar world of law enforcement. While seeking justice for his frenemy and healing for a long fractured family, he comes face to face with an implacable enemy who has spent decades hiding in plain sight.

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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.

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  • Library Journal

    April 1, 2017

    J.P. Beaumont is not enjoying retirement when he's asked to investigate the death of former Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole, with whom he regularly tangled, in what has been declared an accidental fire. It brings up old grudges, an unsolved case, one enduringly bad villain, and Beaumont's thirst for justice. With a 250,000-copy first printing.

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    September 1, 2017
    A retired cop honors a crime journalist's last request.J.P. Beaumont has earned the right to enjoy his leisure, sobriety, titanium knees, and new wife, Melissa Soames. But the 72-year-old who retired from Seattle Homicide doesn't quite know what to do with himself. Mel is busy with her new job as chief of police in Bellingham, and Beau's occasional work at a volunteer cold-case unit doesn't begin to fill the days. Nor does a chance encounter with Maxwell Cole, one of his least favorite people, help Beau's malaise. Max, a crime reporter and columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, was a frat brother of Beau's at the University of Washington, where Beau stole away his girlfriend, and they later came to blows. Still, Beau is shaken when Max dies in a fire. A call from Max's goddaughter, Erin Kelsey Howard, whose life Beau once saved, brings him back into action. Erin is convinced her godfather's death wasn't an accident: he'd been working on a book about corruption on a high level, and he told Erin that if anything happened to him, she should go to Beau and not the police. Starting with Max's literary agent and an owner of a drag-queen comedy theater, and with off-the-books help from former colleagues, Beau discovers that the man who may have killed Max was killed himself in a hit-and-run. Erin's convoluted family history interspersed with not entirely relevant flashbacks and a subplot about an Irish wolfhound temporarily lodging with Beau and Mel slow the pace as Beau connects the dots between Max's murder and his murderer's murder and the death of a third party linked to a past earthquake and a present gang leader. Twenty-three cases into the franchise, the indefatigable Jance's (Man Overboard, 2017, etc.) formerly hard-drinking detective is showing signs of wear. Although newcomers may wax impatient with too much back story, loyalists who've followed her hero from the beginning will be glad he's still kicking.

    COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 18, 2017
    In bestseller Jance’s entertaining 24th J.P. Beaumont mystery (after 2015’s Dance of the Bones), the 72-year-old retired Seattle homicide cop learns that reporter Maxwell Cole, a fraternity brother of his at the University of Washington, has died in a house fire. Maxwell, afraid that he might be murdered, told a family friend, Erin Howard, that he wanted Beau to investigate if he died, because he didn’t trust the Seattle police to do the job. Beau’s complex past history with Erin leads him to agree to take the case, and Beau’s established contacts with computer whiz Todd Hatcher and medical examiner Rosemary Mellon pave the way as he gathers leads and discovers suspicious anomalies. Beau’s wife, Mel Soames, the police chief of Bellingham, lends a hand, and both tread carefully when clues suggest that former Seattle police chief Lawrence Harden, still a powerful figure, might be involved in Maxwell’s death. Complications in Beau’s personal life, such as fostering Rambo, a 100-pound Irish wolfhound, add spice to this winning blend of humor, compassion, danger, and love. Agent: Alice Volpe, Northwest Literary.

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