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A More Perfect Union (J.P. Beaumont #6)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,321 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
A shocking photo screamed from the front pages of the tabloids--the last moments of a life captured for all the world to see. The look of sheer terror eternally frozen on the face of the doomed woman indicated that her fatal fall from an upper story of an unfinished Seattle skyscraper was no desperate suicide--and that look will forever haunt Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumo ...more
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Published July 25th 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published November 1st 1988)
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Apr 11, 2016 Msjodi777 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, od, 2016, april-2016
I started listening to this book, because I knew I would enjoy it. J.P. Beaumont is one of my favorite detectives... no, I don't know why... he's obnoxious, he's a hard drinker; he thinks he knows everything; and he's usually right about most things. This book was no different; he was told to be one place, and most of the time he was somewhere else.... but at the same time, he is gentle with children, and adults who are like children, he is a gentleman who refuses to use his night with a lady as ...more
Mar 24, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to end up repeating myself with Beau's reviews. I love the entire series. I'm a Seattleite and have been able to follow where the stories all go, from when the freeways had dead ends, to the commute across the lake. Even when he's tripped to Arizona, I can follow as I have traveled there too. JA Jance is an author whose books I feel can be picked up in any order and read as-is. you may not get all the references to occurrences in the past, but it doesn't detract from the story telling. ...more
May 13, 2014 Marti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Since I had been somewhat disappointed by Taking the Fifth, I was wondering if my "love affair" with Detective Beaumont was at an end but this novel convinced me that was not the case. This novel to me is the best in the series so far. It was fast-paced and the characters were interesting and well-developed. In this installment, Beau discovers a dead body floating near a movie set where Beau is unhappily working. Since he's tied up on the hated movie assignment, the case of the dead man goes to ...more
I read this book for the A Book A Day Keeps the Boredom at Bay challenge. 22– In French, "22" is used as a phrase to warn of the coming of the police (typically "22, v'là les flics!", "22, here come the cops!"). Read a book that is a police procedural, or has a strong police presence.

I think this is maybe the second J.P. Beaumont mystery I've read. I'm usually a stickler for reading things in order, so it's a little out of character for me to randomly read #6 in a series like this, but so it goe
Picking up where Improbable Cause left off, independently wealthy Seattle PD Detective J.P.Beaumont continues to work independently of partner Big Al. Assigned by the mayor as technical adviser to a movie company shooting a police flick on Seattle's waterfront, Beaus's advice is ignored by the autocratic director. Beau is totally bored until the body of a labor union official washes ashore. Even though it is not his case and the death has been ruled an accident, as bodies accumulate Beau insist ...more
Neil Mudde
A good yarn to read on a rainy afternoon, interesting characters, but nothing too earth shattering, I actually thought Beaumont was a woman, and thought this to be a lesbian story, well that is not the case
Jul 23, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book by a great author. I love her writing and anyone buying her books needs to look at her website and read the books in order.
Jul 26, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#6 in the J.P. Beaumont series.

J.P. Beaumont, Seattle police detective, investigates what looks like the hara-kiri suicide of a Japanese businessman facing bankruptcy. Beau decides it is murder, especially after the man's wife and daughter are attacked. Beau has been walking around with broken fingers incurred during an alcoholic blackout; he agrees to attend an Arizona clinic to dry out.
Ginger Weirich
Dec 02, 2015 Ginger Weirich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When several “accidental” deaths occur among the Iron Workers’ Union, Beaumont decides there’s a little more than coincidence involved, and he’s right. The hills, valleys and corners that have to be traveled to solve the case are many and varied, and the misdirection as to the “who” is perfect to the end. Another well-written episode in the life of Detective J.P. Beaumont. 5 stars.
Susan Gaska
Oct 31, 2014 Susan Gaska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm working my way through the J. P. Beaumont books, they're good, of course it's not brilliant literature, but they are well written with good plot lines and move along quickly. A fine little mental vacation. The further in I get the more I like them, in the beginning his love life sort of irritated me, but it's more of an even keel now, and each one does seem a little stronger.
Bruce Snell
Book number Six in the J.P.Beaumont series by J.A.Jance - 3 stars. While Beau is assigned to work with a movie crew he discovers the body of a murdered man. Although he is not assigned to the case, Beaumont becomes involved in the investigation. This is a typical Jance story - thinly drawn characters, dialog that doesn't quite sound real, and action/plot without depth. This is a lightweight story, but it moves well and fills a couple hours of reading time without really losing itself on my life. ...more
Caroline Magsaysay
Not bad.

I am systematically reading all of J. A. Jance's books. As far as the Beaumont series goes this one is okay but the more recent ones are better. The Beaumont character is getting better in later books. If you want to read the whole series, include this one, but it can be skipped.
Marie Joyner
Jun 14, 2014 Marie Joyner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I like this book.I read this book during my commute home from work. It made my commute less stressful. If my train was late, I didn't mind because it gave me more time to read.
Stephanie Benoit
Sep 15, 2015 Stephanie Benoit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like a good mystery, yeah with some murder in it, you have to check out this series of books! It is close to midnight but I couldn't stop reading until I found out "Who did it?"
Fredrick Danysh
Detective J.P. Beaumont is assigned as technical director to a police movie being filmed in Seattle. When the floating body of an iron worker is found on the movie set, Beaumont investigates even though he is not assigned to the case. Lots of intrigue make for an interesting read with the usual Jance style.
Jun 10, 2016 beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summer in Seattle

JP Beaumont is off duty working on a movie set. Bored to tears, but doing the job. Until a dead body turns up. All bets are off.
Mar 25, 2016 Susie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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May 23, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beau is assigned as technical adviser for a movie set and he is bored to tears, well maybe not tears, but close. Then a body floats up to the dock they are ready to film on. Everyone...except Beau...believes he is a suicide or accidental death. Next, on the front page of the newspaper is the picture of a young female ironworker falling to her death from the top of an unfinished skyscraper. Then it clicks for Beau who remembers the floating body had a belt buckle that said "ironworker"... hmmmm c ...more
Heather Blaylock
This JP Beaumont book was not as good as some of the others. I found it a little dull. It was okay but it was a little hard to get through.
Feb 11, 2015 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as much sex; Peters more involved; trials of being a homicide detective detailed.
Jun 16, 2014 Gizzard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Older police mystery. Nothing great or horrible. Good way to pass some time.
David Weinfeld
Oct 28, 2014 David Weinfeld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoyable book, good Beaumont follow through. Union theft leading to murder
Donna Collier
Aug 04, 2014 Donna Collier rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Enjoyable, fast read. Nothing special, but always a good vacation series!
Apr 08, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Pat Gallagher
Feb 16, 2015 Pat Gallagher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always like JA Jance books. Got to meet her at SPSCC in Olympia.
May 19, 2014 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book from JA Jance. A really good whodunnit :)
Jul 13, 2015 Marca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beaumont is assigned to oversee a movie shoot along the docks when a body turns up. He shuts down production and eventually learns the body is a member of the Iron Workers Local, which Beau is investigating. Beau finesses his way onto the case has frequent verbal battles with his arch enemy on the police force, Kramer.
May 03, 2014 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very much enjoyed the book. Can't wait to see the scrapes that JP gets into in future books. The snake was funny in this book.
Marilyn Arnold
Jun 07, 2016 Marilyn Arnold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read
Explained the constitution and bill of rights
Feb 10, 2015 Ricardo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book is okay, fast read, nothing memorable
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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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