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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Start to a Series Aug. 12 2003
By A Customer
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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
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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
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The first of many excellent reads! March 8 2001
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I picked up Until Proven Guilty on a lunch hour in 1985, and was finished with it in less than 2 days. It was to begin what I call my "love affair" with Detective J.P. Beaumont. This novel, was a good read from page one to the end. Jance is by far my favorite author, I own every one of her Beaumont books in hardback, I do not wait for them to come out in paperback. I highly reccommend that you read Until Proven Guilty first, or you will be a bit lost in future books when he refers to his Porsche, Ann Coorley etc. I worked for the Seattle Police in thier Homicide Division, and while Jance does use what I will call creative license with some things, the one thing she nailed is the "cop persona" in spades! I wait eagerly for her next installment. I hope that you like her work as much as I do.
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