Long Time Gone

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: J.A. Jance
Narrator: Tim Jerome
Genres: Detective Stories, Police Stories
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: August 2005
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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New York Times bestselling master J. A. Jance brings back J. P. Beaumont -- one of the most enduring and endearing characters in contemporary fiction -- in a riveting story about a shocking, long-buried case of murder ...

After more than twenty years of distinguished service with the Seattle Police Department, Jonas Piedmont Beaumont is now working for the Washington State Attorney's Special Homicide Investigation Team or, as it's more commonly referred, the SHIT squad. But the more things change, the more they stay the same.

An eyewitness to a fifty-year-old murder has just come forward, and Beau has been hand-picked to lead the investigation. While undergoing hypnotherapy, a middle-aged nun unexpectedly recalls the grisly details of a cold-blooded killing she witnessed when she was five years old. Though fear has kept these memories repressed for half a century, they've now risen to the surface to cast a harsh light on a deadly plot that spans two generations. And Beau's caught in the glare, facing a ruthless band of coconspirators willing to go to any lengths to keep their secrets hidden.

Filled with all of the Jance trademarks -- heart-stopping suspense, deeply drawn characters, local flavor, intelligence, and humanity -- Long Time Gone is a crowning achievement in this bestselling author's career.

Performed by Tim Jerome

Reviews (3)

Lots going on

Written by Lila Williams from Fairfield, IA on April 28th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 4/5

There is a lot going on in this novel. Two plots side by side. There are so many characters you have a hard time following either plot, let alone both plots together. Fast paced and a page turner. But has some events that make it unbelievable. A sergeant goes to interview a suspect in a murder - without back up and ends up getting shot. A teenager is interviewed without a guardian present. A cop is told to stay away from suspects and repeatedly has contact with them. There is a volatile hostage situation and instead of calling for silent arrival swat team or hostage negotiation team, three cops take it on themselves - a stupid move. Unbelievable but well written and a good read.

Long Time Gone

Written by Margo on February 4th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good mystery, interesting characters, and reasonably welll written. All in all a good listen for the commute!

Long Time Gone

Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on August 8th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book has two stories going on side by side. One a case Beau is working on the other is the problems in his ex-partner Peters life. I must say that I had the cold case figured out but I was take by surprise at the ending of the Peter case. This book introduced us to new partner "Mel". The pace moved right along and also had a bit of humor tuck into the 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."