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

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  2,554 Ratings  ·  109 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. Beaum

Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 1st 1988 by Avon
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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
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 22, 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.
wasnt' real fond of this one...I'm guess the plot...union stuff

**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
Sep 09, 2016 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio
I love the Beaumont books. In this book, Beau is trying to find out about the death of a man in the water when he is assigned to help on a movie being filmed in Seattle. Cramer is the detective assigned to the case. Cramer is not happy that Beau is investigating. The case leads to the man's former girlfriend. When Beau winds up locked in the basement with only his underwear on, I had to laugh, big, strong Beau! The bodies are piling up when a link is found to the Union. Union high ups are steali ...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
Apr 11, 2016 Msjodi777 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Brenda Wilkins
I like this series, but this was my least favorite. Beaumont was on a quest to.get one up on an officer he disliked. Some of the sections, like the one in the basement just wouldn't happen to an experienced officer. I thought the section on the developments tally disabled man was especially well written. I've worked with this population for many years and usually find authors reinforce the stigma. While I would recommend reading this one as part of the series, I just wasn't dazzled by the story ...more
This book has a 1988 copyright, so I have read J.P. Beaumont books that are more recent. I always enjoy J.P. Beaumont mysteries. If I were comparing this to all mysteries instead of all books, I would give it 4 stars. In this book it is difficult to discern the good guys from the bad which is always a good way to keep the suspense going. This is also the first book in which J.P. encounters Kramer. For readers who follow this series, that should be interesting.
Oct 15, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J.A.Jance is such a fun read. I enjoy the J.P. Beaumont series. This book was number 6 in the series. We find Beaumont, a Seattle cop, working as a technical adviser for a movie company. He manages to get himself mixed up in a mess of corruption and murder, after a body floats up on the movie scene...I like the style of Jance. The reader feels right at home. There was only one small glitch towards the end...
Aug 31, 2013 Renee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rolling along in the JP Beaumont series (catching up to the next crossover with Joanna Brady) This outing finds Beau working a movie set and loving every minute of it. Well, no. He hates it. All of it. I enjoyed the critique of movie policing through Beau's eyes. The case involves a few dead bodies and a lot of union corruption. Enjoyable, but not necessarily memorable, it moves the characters along and deepens relationships among the regulars.
Donna Mcnab
Apr 06, 2013 Donna Mcnab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While working as an advisor for the Seattle Police Department on a movie set, Detective J. P. Beaumont becomes involved in finding a body on the set. The murder is handed over to two other police detectives due to the fact that Beaumont is already assigned to the movie to make sure that the movie doesn't make the Seattle Police look too foolish. Of course that doesn't keep him from doing his own investigating, much to the chagrin of his Sergeant. Another fun Beaumont novel.
Brenda Benoit
Feb 25, 2015 Brenda Benoit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beau is one of the good guys - the type of cop that I would want working my case. He's got great instincts and doesn't let go until he gets answers. For that reason I can forget about the drinking and general obnoxiousness that he shows. This book was another perfect example of everything that I love and hate about Beau and as always was a quick read for me. I love this series more and more as I get further along into it.
May 13, 2013 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not one of my favorite novels by this author. It was okay, but I expected more. I'm not sure why I did not care for it. I suspect it was a lot of little things like too many coincidences, dumber that average good and bad guys, and a less that satisfactory conclusion. I hope the next one is better.
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.
Jun 15, 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.
Jun 01, 2015 Leska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying the J.A. Jance books, especially the Joanna Brady and J.P. Beaumont series. The stories are enjoyable, especially because they take place in lots of places in the Pacific NW, where I have lived for most of my life and in Arizona, where I have recently retired. Each time I finish one of these books, I can't wait to get the next one in the series.
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.
Apr 07, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
A construction worker's(female) fall off a high rise under construction.

The fall was captured by videos ordered by the construction company. Who is to blame?
J.P. Beaumont takes a position opposite of the constructors that the fall was an accident.
Will he be able to prove it and avoid many more deaths?
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.
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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.
Juli Monroe
Jan 06, 2014 Juli Monroe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scribd, 2014
Like all the Beaumont books, it's a quick read without much plot complication. I enjoyed it, and I hope Jance is going to deal more with Beaumont's obvious alcoholism in the next books. I also want to see Peter make it out of the hospital.
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