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Betrayal of Trust by J.A. Jance
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My love-hate relationship with Jance continues. I love her plots, which are always an enticing combination of intersecting crimes, personal problems, and functional/dysfunctional relationships. I forgive the often pedestrian writing. In this novel, Jance returns to her original series character, Seattle police detective J.P. Beaumont. Trouble is, he acts and talks just like the female characters in her other series. This time I was particularly bugged by the sole gay character (who appears toward the end) being what is implied to be a sexual predator. Not that this couldn't happen, of course, but with gay people continually being demonized as pedophiles by the religious right, it doesn't help for that stereotype to be perpetuated in books like this.
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message 1: by Darlene (new)

Darlene Nick, I understand what you mean. There are a couple of authors that I have a love/hate relationship with. Your review is very interesting to me as I've read a lot of J.A. Jance...but mainly the Sheriff Joanna Brady series. I really like that character! There was also one I read in which both Sheriff Brady AND J.P. Beaumont were characters.I think I'm going to have to check this series out. I know what you mean about her writing but I'll be honest.. I love the dysfunctional family stories and the setting is just beautiful! Nice review!


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