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Until Proven Guilty [Mass Market Paperback]

J A Jance
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July 1 1985 J. P. Beaumont Mysteries

The little girl was only five, much too young to die -- a lost treasure who should have been cherished, not murdered.She could have been J.P. Beaumont's kid, and the determined Seattle homicide detective won't rest until her killer pays dearly. But the hunt is leading Beaumont into a murky world of religious fanaticism, and toward a beautiful, perilous obsession all his own. And suddenly Beau himself is a target -- because faith can be dangerous...and love can kill.


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“J. P. Beaumont is a star attraction.” (Booklist)

“Jance’s artistry keeps the reader guessing -- and caring.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Solid entertainment.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Believable and intense.” (West Coast Review of Books)

Praise for J.A. Jance:“Jance delivers a devilish page-turner.” (People)

“J.A. Jance does not disappoint her fans.” (Washington Times)

“Suspenseful, action-packed.” (Dallas Morning News)

“Taut . . . entertaining.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Credible and entertaining.” (Orlando Sentinel)

About the Author

J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series, the J.P. Beaumont series, and the interrelated novels Day of the Dead, Hour of the Hunter, and Kiss of the Bees. She was born in South Dakota, brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, and now lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story! July 28 2014
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An exciting and suspenseful story with a lot of twists and turns that will keep you guessing to the end. A must-read for fans of J.P. Beaumont.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Start to a Series Aug. 12 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book of this author that I have read. I intend to read them all, hopefully in order!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it.......... Aug. 3 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Buy it and all the other JP Beaumont stories.
I love Beau, love that we have grown up together.
One of my favorite characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get this and all the others...... Aug. 3 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Get this and all the others......I love JP Beaumont!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the next one Oct. 18 2002
By djbrkns
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a promising first outing from J.A. Jance, published in 1985. Very promising. I liked the introduction to the characters and the set up that will allow readers to hopefully bond with J.P. Beaumont and Detective Ron Peters as they learn to work together as newly partnered Homicide detectives. There was some fun dialog and situations and the slow elevator provides for several amusing incidents. Occasionally I would start to suspect whodunit (just like Beaumont) and then my suspicions would be allayed (just like Beaumont). That was pretty nicely done. Surprisingly, to me the ending was quite a satisfying wrap even though many a book with a similar ending has left me very disgruntled.
Midway through, I was concerned. A lot of focus was placed on Beau's whirlwind romantic relationship. If characters in a book can be said to have chemistry it would NOT be these two, although they did become more believable in the end. There was a fairly lengthy section where I was rather disengaged, wedding showers, shopping, setting up house, suspicion, and "Isn't there a guy named Beau in on of those mid-day soaps called 'Days of our Lives'?". I began to loose faith. Then a so-so grand finale and, surprise surprise, a thorough and believable enough wrap up to make me almost forget the tedium.
I remember being reluctant when I started Sanford's 'Prey' series and I have been COMPLETELY won over there. If we can build up from this one, Jance may develop another fan.
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