Sunday, August 5, 2007

Justice Denied by J.A. Jance

J.P. Beaumont has his hands full in the latest mystery in this long running series (this is book 18). Beaumont, an ex-Seattle police detective, works for the Washington State’s attorney general Special Homicide Investigation Team (SHIT). He’s been combing through old missing person files, specifically the disappearance 25 years ago of Tony Cosgrove. Then Ross Connors, the attorney general, asks him to unofficially look into the murder of LaShawn Tompkins. Tompkins was wrongfully imprisoned for rape and murder and released based on DNA evidence recently. Meanwhile, Beaumont’s colleague and girlfriend, Mel Soames is investigating whether someone is killing registered sex offenders. Soon, Beaumont and Mel are working the three cases together and it seems that there might be some connections. Justice Denied is similar to the rest of the Beaumont series—interesting characters and story—but has too many subplots. I will still keep reading the series, however.

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