Until Proven Guilty Mass Market Paperback – Jul 1 1985
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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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Beaumont finds himself investigating the apparent murder of a little girl, five years old. When the investigation leads to the girl's home, and the cult that her mother is part of, things start to get a little weird. Add in the fact that he is still getting to know his partner, and the introduction of a rich and beautiful stranger to J.P.'s social and professional life, and the story starts to get a little odd.
WHAT I LIKED:
I liked the woman in the story, and her obsession with those who murder little children. She shows up at the funeral, and you can vividly picture her arrival from the excellent prose.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The bits with the journalist are a bit stale in this book in the series, and some of the "getting to know your partner" tension is simply boring. Unfortunately, too, the "cult" comes off rather comical without any real depth as to why people might have gravitated towards this life.
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
The book was a large print version, just what I needed as al that was available from my Public Library was a very small print version. Read morePublished 15 months ago by CornishPasty2000
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.Published 24 months ago by Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele
This is the first book of this author that I have read. I intend to read them all, hopefully in order!Published on Aug. 12 2003
Buy it and all the other JP Beaumont stories.
I love Beau, love that we have grown up together.
One of my favorite characters.
If you have ever read and enjoyed any of the books from the J.P. Beaumont series you really need to read this one. Read morePublished on July 20 2000 by Karen Potts