Proof of Life

Proof of Life

Book - 2017
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"Before he retired, J. P. Beaumont had looked forward to having his days all to himself. But too much free time doesn't suit a man used to brushing close to danger. When his longtime nemesis, retired Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole, dies in what's officially deemed to be an accidental fire, Beau is astonished to be dragged into the investigation at the request of none other than the deceased victim himself. In the process Beau learns that just because a long-ago case was solved doesn't mean it's over. Caught up in a situation where old actions and grudges can hold dangerous consequences in the present, Beau is forced to operate outside the familiar world of law enforcement. While seeking justice for his frenemy and healing for a long-fractured family, he comes face to face with an implacable enemy who has spent decades hiding in plain sight." -- From publisher's description.
Publisher: New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780062657541
9780062699572
Characteristics: 352 pages ;,24 cm.

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D_Pegasus
Oct 27, 2018

There is not a whole lot of life in Proof of Life. J. A. Jance has been one of my favorite writers for many years. I've read books in all three of her series and her non-series books as well. Beau (J.P. Beaumont) has always been my favorite character. I still like him, but in this book he, and all the other characters, seem to be sleep-walking.

Not much of anything happens for a very long time-at least 100 pages in. Just lots of trips between Seattle and Bellingham. When bodies finally start piling up, the solutions to their murders are all too easily accomplished. Very little suspense or tension here.

Jance seems to have become obsessed with doggy-doo. I really don't need to know the details of Beau cleaning up after a dog. I've never liked the way Jance enjoys playing around with names: Harry I (for Ignatius) Ball. The S.H.I.* Squad and so forth. She may think it's clever and cute, I don't.

My advice is, skip over this book. There are better books out there, including Jance's other ones. Despite that, I'll at least give the next one a try.

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Zoelexi777
Aug 17, 2018

This was another great read from J.A. Jance. I typically stick with the Ali Reynolds series but I decided to give this one a try and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will be looking for more books with J.P. Beaumont and his wife as the main characters. I loved the light humour that was sprinkled throughout the book. If you’re looking for something that isn’t too deep but keeps you interested, you will enjoy this book.

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NedSu
May 27, 2018

I've been reading J.P. Beaumont books from the beginning and hope to grow old gracefully with the character for years to come. Sometimes irascible, always interesting, J.P. is a throwback to the era of the Doghouse. I don't agree with his take on 'wet houses', but it fits him just fine. The storyline touches bases on past adventures and gives us an update on the present of J.P.'s life. If you have trouble with the dog, think of it as a plot device, like a gun in a Chekov play.

I don't know how many books are devoted to Beaumont, but I'll always look forward to another one.

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fred98115
Jan 14, 2018

Substandard JP Beaumont mystery. The reader will endure page after page throughout the book about a dog the Beaumonts have rescued. Meanwhile, an investigation of a reporter's death is being conducted, but it seems like an after-thought. Dog people will like the book, others maybe not.

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brangwinn
Dec 20, 2017

Hurray, another JP Beaumont book. For any lover of Seattle, this series not only incorporates well-known landmarks but has a plausible interesting plot.

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johncruse
Dec 19, 2017

BORING! To much content devoted to a dog. In my opinion JANCE is one of those people who assign human characteristics to an animal.

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drawgers
Nov 22, 2017

JA Jance can keep writing JP Beaumont books as long as she likes - I'll continue ready them because they're very, very good. Her characters are great, the stories are strong, being situation in my hometown of Seattle (and surrounds) will always make them fun for me.

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glotet
Nov 15, 2017

One of her best books ever

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drawgers
Oct 19, 2017

i am again impressed with Jance's ability to write such a great story with characters who have been through so much, aging throughout the books, retiring, sort of un-retiring, dying, marrying, etc... often a writer seems to have to keep their ongoing characters in familiar, almost suspended in time situations, to keep them going. But Beau and Co are still going strong - a credit to an exceptional writer whose skills have not diminished, and the great characters she created and loves and continues to give life to.

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