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Justice Denied (J.P. Beaumont #18)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  2,511 ratings  ·  158 reviews
The investigation of LaShawn Tompkins's murder seemed straightforward enough. Upon his release from death row, the ex-drug-dealer returned to his old neighborhood where he was gunned down on his mother's doorstep. Just another case of turf warfare. At least that's what it looks like on the surface to Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont, who's been handed the assignment und ...more
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Published July 24th 2007 by HarperAudio (first published January 1st 2007)
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I picked up this book to read on the plane ride home, and instead found myself finishing it less than a day after I bought it. Thus is the power of JA Jance - and my father saying "so, you're leaving that to read for me, right?"

This is another JP Beaumont novel, and is actually earlier than the first novel I read with Beau as the main character, so it was interesting to see how all of the characters fell into the places where I know them - the character's lives felt connected and real, and readi
As you might guess from the rating, I really enjoyed this book. I thought that it was one of J A Jance's best. I read it on my husband's Kindle, after he purchased it for me. I think that J P Beaumont is the best of Jance's main characters. He has a long back story, having been married, divorced, and widowered--is that the right term? Now he is partnered with Melanie as they work on what used to be called 'cold cases,' but things heat up as they also take on the murder of a former convict, now r ...more
Gunnar Wiskoff
Nov 25, 2007 Gunnar Wiskoff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone into murder/mystery
Shelves: booksiveread
I like how she weaves multiple murders of ex-cons together for JP and Mel to work on. As usual, you can visualize the areas of Seattle so well in her books. Excellent detail.
We listened to this book in audio format during an 800 mile road trip. It was a fine book for driving, made time pass and wasn't too complicated but had enough tension to hold attention. What I liked best about the book is the way in which Jance mixes the personal with the professional and makes his detective (J. P. Beaumont) seem like a real person, flawed but generally a nice guy. There were many parallel threads woven between his family life and the people he was investigating, young mothers, ...more
J. A. Jance created another winner in this J. P. Beaumont series.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have read just about all the books and this could be her best, although all are great reads. Briefly you will find that in Justice Denied detective J.P. Beaumont investigates the brutal murder of a man (Tompkins) that had been released from prison. At the same time Mel Soames, Beaumont's partner is investigating the suspicious deaths of sex crime offenders. And now the story takes off that gave me
Jance writes two series in addition to other suspense mysteries. This title featured J. P. Beaumont, a gruff yet lovable investigator with the Washington State Attorney Generals Office.

In this novel Beaumont and his partner Mel Soames are tasked to investigate a bunchy of old, cold cases. While Beau looks into missing persons cases, Mel is investigating old sex assault cases. The two of them finally come together, but not nearly soon enough. Along the way, they are aided by a forensic economist
This takes up where J. P. Beaumont has left the Seattle PD and gone to work for the state Attorney General's Office. He is still investigating homicides on the Special Homicide Investigation Team. Girlfriend, fellow investigator Mel Soames is a partner both on and off the job. Mel's straight-shooting, stick-to-it attitude is the greatest help on both investigations as well as family disputes (and there are plenty of both in this book).

What begins with the death of an ex-con, turns into an inves
This is the first in this series I have read--well at least I don't remember ever reading about Detective J.P. Beaumont. Beau and his partner, Mel (also the woman Beau is involved with) are working for the State Attorney General's Special Homicide Investigation Team (I love the acronyms in the book S.H.I.T. wonderful-put a smile on my face). Each are asked by their boss to conduct an investigation, but not to let the other partner know. Of course they each end up finding out but they end up havi ...more
J.P. Beaumont and his “partner” Mel Soames are working on cold cases for the attorney general of Washington State when they encounter an anomaly in the stats of recently released prisoners. The prisoners are dying in a larger number than should be expected. This stat is discovered by a young economist working also working for the AG. Are the cold cases and the deaths related? Good mystery; competent characters. Some messy personal dramas in the midst, but J.P. Beaumont has as much patience as I ...more
#18 in the J.P. Beaumont series. This series brings the flavor of law enforcement in Seattle - it's fascinating to think of a major city's travel links being dependent on bridge traffic and ferry schedules.

J.P. Beaumont works three cases. The murder of an ex-con, the disappearance of an engineer who vanished in 1980, and the deaths of several former felons. Mel Soames looks into the deaths of recently released sex crimes perpetrators. Unbelievably all assignments meld into one, except for the mi
I've really enjoyed the last four Beaumont books, even though I must say I greatly prefer Crais and Connelly novels, but I ran out of those, so I may not be giving Jance her fair shake. My main complaint is that the books tend to get too busy with too many subplots and characters, some of which are more interesting than others and some of which seem to get short shrift when everything gets sifted down in the ending. I find Beau a likeable aharacter and enjoy the parts about this personal life an ...more
Well, it's happened and in the words of Adrian Monk it's a blessing and a curse. I had read this book years ago but enjoyed it again this week. Can you say dementia? An entire new world in my reading life is opening but I don't want to admit why :(
I really, really like J.P.Beaumont and how he deals with his demons while dealing with the bad guys. In fact, he's my fave character of Ms. Jance's. And she is one of my fave authors. If you've met her, you know why I say this. Extremely talented and s
Book Title: Justice Denied
Author: J.A. Jance
Genre: Murder Mystery
Rating: 4 Stars
Format: Kindle Book

Another murder mystery from the mind of J.A. Jance. This one is in the J.P. Beaumont series, apparently #18, which I didn't know at the time, so I haven't read the previous books. However, this one stands alone, as there isn't a lot of back-story that needs to be known before reading this book. J.P. and his partner, Mel (who is also his girlfriend/lover) are on a special task force looking into ol
I've read all of the books up to this one that J.A. Jance has written on her famous character J.P Beaumont a Seattle homicide detective. Most of them take place in Seattle so it is fun knowing all the places he is throughout the book. The audio versions don't hold my attention as well as her written word but I enjoy them while I am working as I have a job I can do this with.
I've read Jance's novel featuring J.P. Beaumount from the very first one and have enjoyed the continuing side stories of his family and associates and well as the main mystery/
This, by far, has been the best, nail biting, page turner that kept me up later than I intended on a couple of nights.
While reading through this enjoyable detective series, it's been a real pleasure to watch as a good author becomes a much better author over time. In this one, Beau and Mel are working separately at first but ultimately together on cold case files that the Washington state AG wants cleared. We also see the romance between Beau and Mel heat up. As always, Jance throws in some delightful touches of humor and the action is fast paced. This and the few more recent novels in the series involve much m ...more
This is a good police procedural. J.P. Beaumont works for a special task force for the attorney general in Washington out of Seattle. He and his partner, Melissa (Mel), have fallen in love and work together. They begin investigating the unexplained murders of convicted sex offenders who have served their time. The murders seem unrelated - different cities, different times, yet the red flag is raised and they are on the case. The only thing that didn't make much sense to me was the side story of ...more
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Doug Branscombe
I'm getting in late on this series, but this was as good a place as any to jump in. JP Beaumont and live-in girlfriend Mel Soames work for the Special Homicide Investigation Team. He's tracking down cold cases of missing persons reports, she's following up on registered sex offenders. Together they uncover an alarming trail of dead bodies from their respective lists, and as you could expect their investigations merge together as one. Fast moving story line, excellent character development. I'll ...more
Dan Smith
Starting a new author with this book.. The only thing about it is that this is the 18th book in her J.P. Beaumont series.. so I have a lot of catching up to do.. and she has two are three other major characters she writes about in other books.. so there are a lot of books out there.. I hope they are as entertaining as this one.

Great stories.. good characters.. not too confusing by adding a ton of additional characters. Good reads..

Looking forward to starting with the first of this series and wor
Be sure to read the Prologue which starts off with a literal bang and grabs you from the first sentence. I found this book to hold my attention from beginning to end with no flagging of interest. Jance lets you pick up where you left off if you have been reading the series. However, the book does not constantly dredge up superfluous references to what has happened before. I have only read one of this series in the past, "Failure to Appear", and was pleased to learn more about the continuing char ...more
JUSTICE DENIED (Police Procedural-J.P. Beaumont-Seattle, WA-Cont) – G
Jance, J.A. – 18th in series
Wm Morrow, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780060540920
First Sentence: LaShawn Tompkins saw the sole white woman, a nun, huddled under her umbrella in the pouring rain as he turned the decrepit Windstar van off Ranier Avenue South onto Church Street.
*** Homicide investigator J.P. Beaumont’s newest case, classified as to-secret, is the shooting death of LaShawn Tompkins. LaShawn is an ex-drug dealer but h
Years ago I read the first J.P. Beaumont book and through the years have read others. The last two I have read have been very satisfying, it is nice to see that the main character has happiness in his life and has overcome many of his demons. This story had more than one exciting event, which makes for good reading.
Walt Mccluskey
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Justice Denied

Good story with a totally different concept for the criminal elements. The interaction of the two main characters was different than others I've read about although believable in its entirety. I will try to get more of Jance in the future.
Shane Fritz
I chose to "read" this because I needed another audiobook to keep me company, and because this particular author was one of my step-dad's favorites. Set in Seattle, the mention of familiar place names in Oregon and Washington was fun, and the mystery was well-written.
Mary Newcomb
Beau is in fine form as he undertakes some disparate assignments for his boss. These, along with attendance at a black tie fund raiser, combine in some unexpected ways in Beau's personal and professional lives. I am looking forward to reading the next installment in this series.
Jeff Dickison
Good entry into the J.P. Beaumont series. In this one his lover and partner, Mel Soames, and he must track down a series of killings involving sex crimes. In addition they must solve a disappearacne of over 20 years and another murder involved in that case. Recommended to fans of police mysteries.
This isn't Jance's best. Beau is getting soft around the edges. Jance clearly feels adding gay characters makes her work modern or edgy. She needs a new motif. I read this book and clearly, I prefer this series in audio.
ken novotny
Great read!

I absolutely love the way Jance writes. All of her books are well thought out and most of the info you get on characters is truly amazing. I have read most of her books and love them all!
Another great read by J.A. Jance! This is only my second book starring her fave Seattle S.H.I.T detective, JP Beaumont, and thank goodness that Ms. Jance is so prolific :) I look forward to the rest of the series.
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Judith Ann Jance is the top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series; the J. P. Beaumont series; three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family; and Edge of Evil, the first in a series featuring Ali Reynolds. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

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