Justice Denied

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: J.A. Jance
Narrator: Alan Nebelthau
Genres: Suspense, Police Stories
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: July 2007
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

The investigation of LaShawn Tompkins's murder seemed straightforward enough. Upon his release from death row, the ex-drug-dealer returned to his old neighborhood where he was gunned down on his mother's doorstep. Just another case of turf warfare. At least that's what it looks like on the surface to Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont, who's been handed the assignment under the strictest confidence. But as Beau starts digging, the situation becomes more complicated than he'd thought. It appears that LaShawn really had turned over a new leaf at the King Street Mission and his murder was pre-meditated. Someone had targeted the man for death.

Meanwhile, Beau's lover and fellow cop, Mel Soames, is given her own hush-hush investigation. A routine check on registered sex offenders has revealed a disturbing pattern: they're dying off at an alarming rate, and not all due to natural causes. Details of the latest death suggest an inside job, but Mel isn't letting this go. Suddenly, Mel's investigation becomes entangled with Beau's, and the two begin to uncover a nightmarish conspiracy that could involve people in high places—including their own top brass.

Reviews (6)

Great Puzzle

Written by dee from Reseda, CA on April 19th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed having story threads that seemed not to be connected, come together! It was well done with good characters. It was a little bit unrelated to have the daughter's issue thrown in but there was plenty going on otherwise. A good listen on my commute.

Justice Denied

Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on December 31st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have just discovered J. A. Jance books. This is the second one I have listened to. I have enjoyed her easy listening style of writing. The character Beaumont seem like a complicated person but Jance seems to keep the story moving around him without getting bogged down in past detail. You will enjoy this book.

Justice Denied

Written by Anonymous on October 18th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great Book! But I have liked all of J. A. Jance's books she really keeps you on the edge. Should try her out if you don't read her already

Hunting the Missing

Written by FalerSweany on August 11th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Jance's JP Beaumont just gets better. In Justice Denied, she offers 3 cases. All-in-all, a good read if not a complex mystery. Working for the State Attorney's SHIT Squad, Beau is tracking persons missing as far back as 30 years. Then, the SA asks him to look subrosa at a death of a man once on death row, exonerated, and now counseling at a church catering to Seattle's "low-lifes". Was his murder tied to his conviction or to the church? Meanwhile, the state attorney has assigned JPs lover, Mel, to track every sexual predator released over the past five years. She's finding an unusual number have died violently. As the two work their cases, Jance keeps them struggling with their relationship. Beaumont struggles to trust. Mel has her own demons, but when cases collide, they become a gifted team. Unlike many of Jance's stories of Beaumont, this one moves more quickly and the characters have more personality.

Justice Denied

Written by Richard L Morris on April 10th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I enjoyed the book very much. Exciting and entertaining from beginning to end. I will add J A Jance to my favorite authors list. I think anyone that listens to this book will enjoy it.

Entertaining

Written by Ed Jacques on October 2nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is the second book I’ve read by Lance and I’ve enjoyed them both. He does a good job of continuing the development of the main character who appeared in the last book – maybe more too I don’t know. There is just the right amount of reference to the last book to fill the required gaps and make it good for a first time reader or returning one. The being said the story was very engaging. At times it got a little slow, mainly as the characters searched for new evidence, but it’s a small complaint really. With multiple plots to develop it can be expected. There were no real surprises at the end or anything, at least not for me, but it was okay. I still enjoyed the story as it was told and recommend this book to past Lance readers and newbie’s alike.

Author Details

Author Details

Jance, J.A.

Considering J. A. Jance's now impressive career -- which includes two massively popular mystery series and status as a New York Times bestseller -- it may be difficult to believe that she was initially strongly discouraged from literary pursuits. A chauvinistic creative writing professor advised her to seek out a more "ladylike" job, such as nurse or schoolteacher. Moreover, her alcoholic husband (a failed Faulkner wannabe) assured her there was room in the family for only one writer, and he was it. Determined to make her doomed marriage work, Jance put her writing on the back burner. But while her husband slept, she penned the visceral poems that would eventually be collected in After the Fire.

Jance next chose to use her hard times in a more unlikely manner. Encouraged by an editor to try writing fiction after a failed attempt at a true-crime book, she created J. P. Beaumont, a homicide detective with a taste for booze. Beaumont's drinking problem was clearly linked to Jance's dreadful experiences with her first husband; but, as she explains it: "Beaumont was smart enough to sober up, once the problem was brought to his attention. My husband, on the other hand, died of chronic alcoholism at age 42." So, from misfortune grew one of the most popular characters in modern mystery fiction. Beaumont debuted in 1985's Until Proven Guilty -- and, after years of postponing her writing career, Jance was on her way.

As a sort of light flipside to the dark Beaumont, Jance created her second series in 1991. Inspired by the writer's happier role as a mom, plucky small-town sheriff Joanna Brady was introduced in Desert Heat and struck an immediate chord with readers. In 2005, Jance added a third story sequence to her repertoire with Edge of Evil, featuring Ali Reynolds, a former TV reporter-turned-professional blogger.

And so, the adventures continue! A career such as Jance's would be extraordinary under any circumstances, but considering the obstacles she overcame to become a bestselling, critically acclaimed novelist, her tale is all the more compelling. As she explains it: "One of the wonderful things about being a writer is that everything -- even the bad stuff -- is usable."