J.P. Beaumont decides it's time to have double knee replacement surgery since he's been in pain for a while. While he's recovering in the hospital and on heavy pain medication, the ghost of Monica Wellington visits him. Monica is angry that Beau never found her killer. Her murder was Beau's first case as a homicide detective for the Seattle PD, over forty years ago. He decides it couldn't hurt to delve into it again, since he has some time on his hands. The reader is taken back in time to see Beau's original work on the case in the seventies and how his recent activity leads to more questions, cover-ups, and murder. On a personal level, the image of Lennie D. also appears to Beau while he's in his medicated recovery. Lennie D. saved Beau's life in Vietnam and died in the process. Having the dream about Lennie causes Beau to confront his wartime past and do justice to Lennie D's memory. Second Watch is another enjoyable entry in the J.P. Beaumont series. I'm so glad that Jance has continued to write these books. It will be published in September.