Name Withheld : A J.P. Beaumont Mystery (Paperback)

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The fifth mystery starring flawed but believable Seattle homicide detective J.P. Beaumont. Beau lands in the middle of a New Year's Eve murder when a high-tech executive with low-life morals is gunned down.

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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780380718429
SKU 30052856
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0380718421
Release Date 3/1/1997
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 6.75H x 4.25L x 1T
Author Info
J.A. Jance
Judith A. Jance is the best-selling author of dozens of mysteries. Born in South Dakota and raised in Arizona, she knew she wanted to become a writer by the time she reached second grade. That ambition was foiled, however, in the 1960s, when the University of Arizona denied her admission to its creative writing program because, as one professor told her, girls "ought to be teachers or nurses." Instead, she earned a bachelor's degree in English and teaching and a master's degree in library science. Her first husband harbored similar ambitions and was allowed into the program, after which, he "imitated Faulkner and Hemingway primarily by drinking too much and writing too little," as Jance has said. Ultimately, the couple divorced, and he later died from the complications of alcoholism. Jance supported her two children by selling life insurance, but in the early morning before they woke up, she began writing crime fiction. In 1985 she published her first book, UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, which featured Seattle homicide detective J.P. Beaumont. He has since appeared in several more novels and is among Jance's most popular protagonists. She also writes a series revolving around Joanna Brady, the sheriff of a small county in Arizona, and another whose main character is an ex-journalist named Ali Reynolds. "One of the wonderful things about being a writer is that everything--even the bad stuff--is usable," Jance has said. She explained that years of being married to an alcoholic have helped her write about J.P. Beaumont, who has a drinking problem, and that her time as a single mother contributed to the back story she created for Joanna Brady. "And then there's the evil creative writing professor in HOUR OF THE HUNTER and KISS OF THE BEES," she has quipped, "but that's another story."
Praise
J.A. Jance gives another smooth performance with "Name Withheld", her February hardcover. When a floater turns up on New Year's Day, Seattle homicide detective J.P. Beaumont is assigned to the case. Beau discovers that the dead man, Don Wolf, was involved in the cutthroat world of genetic engineering, and that his death is lamented by no one. Beau's investigation is thwarted by his temporary partner, a man who is resentful of Beau's wealth and style. When another corpse turns up, he knows he will have all he can do to put his feelings aside to solve the case. `Name Withheld' is a solid piece of storytelling. Jance is a master of producing realistic, involving procedurals and `Name Withheld' is a prime example.
From the Publisher
Editors Note The fifth mystery starring flawed but believable Seattle homicide detective J.P. Beaumont. Beau lands in the middle of a New Year's Eve murder when a high-tech executive with low-life morals is gunned down.
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