Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Review: Betrayal of Trust: A J. P. Beaumont Novel by J.A. Jance

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition first Printing edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061731153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061731150

Product Description


Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont uncovers a dark and deadly conspiracy that reaches deep into the halls of state government, in this latest thriller from New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance

At first glance, the video appears to be showing a childish game: a teenage girl with dark wavy hair smiles for the camera, a blue scarf tied around her neck. All of a sudden things turn murderous, and the girl ends up dead.

It’s as bad as a snuff film can get, and what’s worse, the clip has been discovered on a phone that belongs to the grandson of Washington State’s governor. However, the boy, who has a troubled background, swears that he’s never seen the victim before.

Fortunately, the governor is able to turn to an old friend, J. P. Beaumont, for help. The Seattle private investigator has witnessed many horrific acts over the years, but this one ranks near the top. Even more shocking is that the crime’s multiple perpetrators could be minors.

Along with Mel Soames, his partner in life as well as on the job, Beaumont soon determines that what initially appears to be a childish prank gone wrong has much deeper implications. But Mel and Beau must follow this path of corruption to its very end, before more innocent young lives are lost.

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 four Walker family thrillers. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, she lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

My Review

Another great page turner from J.A. Jance.  I have enjoyed all of her series including the J.P. Beaumont series of which Betrayal of Trust is the latest entry.  The Beaumont series is based in Western Washington state and I love all the references to the small towns such as Randall, Packwood and Pe Ell.  J. A. Jance compares the backwoods Cascades town of Packwood to similar areas in the Ozarks which I do agree with.  Towns a few miles off the I-5 are quite different than the larger cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia. 

This book while being an excellent mystery covered many issues as well.  Bullying was touched on as was the cruelty that teenagers can impart on one another and how it has been made more accessible with the advent of technology...cell phones, computers, texting.  Another issue she touches on is J. P. is being to age.  He is fighting a losing battle with knee pain in this book.  And he was called an old man by a suspect.  I love that Jance is aging him and not keeping him the same age book after book.

A great read from a great writer.

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