Birds of Prey

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: J.A. Jance
Narrator: Gene Engene
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Books in Motion
Published In: N/A
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 12 hours, 6 minutes
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Overview

A survivor of childhood trauma, two marriages, twenty hard years with the Seattle PD, and the bottle, Jonas Piedmont Beaumont has spent far too much time trolling the darker waters of human nature. In the wake of a devastating professional tragedy, he has decided, at long last, to pull the pin. But there is no safety in semiretirement for a man who, long ago, chose to make a violent world his home.

Temporarily at leisure, J.P. has agreed to chaperon his newlywed grandmother on her honeymoon cruise to the Gulf of Alaska. But Beau's brief idyll is abruptly shaken when a security videotape shows a passenger taking a fatal fall overboard. Like it or not, the burden of investigating a heinous crime is once again on J.P.'s shoulders. Adrift a thousand miles from home, J. P. Beaumont has suddenly found himself submerged in a terrifying conspiracy that, if allowed to proceed unchecked, could have disastrous consequences, not only for Beau and his shipmates but for the future of the world they all hope to return to.

Reviews (3)

Birds of Prey - Boring!

Written by Lila from Fairfield, IA on March 29th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Boring Boring Boring! This CD collection is 11 CD's long. After listening to three of the 11 CD's the only crime that had been committed was boring the listener to death. The first three detail the gossip and interactions of several women ages 60 - 90 aboard a cruise ship at dinner time. YAAAAWN!~ I sent the CD's back, I could not stand any more. I have loved all the other books on tape by J.A. Jance, but this was a flopper!

Written by Nancy Hines on November 19th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Loved this book, but I love all of her books. This one was one of the better ones

Birds of Prey

Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on October 23rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Oh my, what a surprise, Beau the hard boiled detective can dance! Always enjoy J. A. Jance books. The cruise ship to Alaska and the side trip to Sitka gave an interesting background to the story. Loved Grandma and Lars, hope they show up in future books. Was a fast pace easy to listen to story.

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."

Smith, Wilbur

Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of WHEN THE LION FEEDS, and has since written nearly thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages.

Wilbur Smith lives in London and continues to have an abiding concern for the peoples and wildlife of his native continent, an interest strongly reflected in his novels.