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J. A. Jance
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August 2005 Thorndike Famous Authors

There are many bizarre and terrible ways to die. Seattle Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont thought he had seen them all -- until he saw this body, its wounds, and the murder weapon: an elegant woman's shoe, its stiletto heel gruesomely caked with blood. The evidence is shocking and unsettling, even for a man who prowls the shadows for a living, for it suggests that savagery is not the exclusive domain of the predatory male. And the scent of a stylish killer is pulling Beaumont into a world of drugs, corruption, and murder to view close-up a cinematic dream at its most nightmarish ... and lethal.

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There are many bizarre and terrible ways to die. Seattle Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont thought he had seen them all—until he saw this body, its wounds, and the murder weapon: an elegant woman's shoe, its stiletto heel gruesomely caked with blood. The evidence is shocking and unsettling, even for a man who prowls the shadows for a living, for it suggests that savagery is not the exclusive domain of the predatory male. And the scent of a stylish killer is pulling Beaumont into a world of drugs, corruption, and murder to view close-up a cinematic dream at its most nightmarish . . . and lethal.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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 three stand-alone thrillers. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, she lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taking the Fifth April 26 2013
By Linda J. Leclair TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Another JP Beaumont book. I have read most of the series and have not been disappointed with any ot them. I recommend this as a read for anyone who enjoys detective storylines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love JP Beaumont!! Aug. 3 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Buy this book and all the others.
If you want a great read Start with the first JP Beaumont book, and read them in succession.
I love JP Beaumont!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love JP Beaumont! Aug. 3 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love JP Beaumont!
Sometimes we are taken on a fast paced ride to certain disaster.
And sometimes we are taken to extreme forms of human pain.
But if you want to live a life of a Detective/PI, then you have picked a good character to delve into.
Beau is my favorite Cop.
Get all the books about Beau and his cases.
You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for "the Fifth" Sept. 25 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love Jance's way with a series. Not only is she faithful to her main character, but each book also brings us deeper into the lives of Beaumont's surrounding circle of friends and associates. JP is called in on another homicide. This one involves a young gay who told his mother he worked for the DEA but the Seattle DEA has no record of him. Along the way to the solution, Beaumont finds himself involved with a lovely chanteuse out of rehab on the comeback trail and a drug ring whose territory covers the West Coast. Jance lets you think you know what's going on, then she pulls the rug out from under you. Another great job from Jance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! June 24 2000
By Kelly
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My aunt has been an avid reader of J. A. Jance ever since she met the woman. She has read everything by Jance and has been begging me to read something by her. So, when Christmas rolled around, guess what I found in my stocking? _Taking the Fifth_ by J. A. Jance. I read a little of it, and was immediatly intruiged. For the next day, my parents could not pull me away from the book.
_Taking the Fifth_ is the fourth book in the J. P. Beaumont series. Beaumont lives a detective life in Seattle. Even though when his rich girlfriend died a couple of years ago he inherited a fortune and was set up for a comfortable life, Beau didn't stop working. He loves what he does, and he does it well. So, one night by the Pike Place Market, a man is found stabbed to death. It is strange because they are not knife wounds, and the police are stumped as to what caused them. But, around the crime scene, there is found a colbat blue, stiletto heeled shoe with blood all over it. Beau feels that if he can find the owner of the shoe, he will find the murderer. As Beau gets more involved with the murder, many aspects are involved including drugs, AIDS, homosexuals, homeless people, smuggling, deceit, and a sexy little blond who looks more and more like the ring leader of the whole thing. Can Beau keep his head and find out who is commiting all these atrocities, or will time run out for our belevoed detective?
You may be wondering why, if I read _Taking the Fifth_ around Christmas, I'm still talking about it now. Well, I havn't been able to get it out of my head! Jance wrote Beaumont so well that I felt like I got to know him throughout the book. He was startlingly three demensional, and I often times felt like I was looking over his shoulder at some evidence.
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