Breach of Duty: A J.P. Beaumont Mystery by J. A. Jance

By J. A. Jance

The Seattle that Beau knew as a tender policeman is disappearing. the town is awash within the aromas emanating from a glut of espresso bars, the local open air his house construction has sprouted gallery upon gallery, or even his lengthy adored diner has developed right into a stylish eatery for neighborhood hipsters. however the glam is precisely floor, for the grit lower than the city's fingernails is caked with blood. Beau and his new associate Sue Danielson, a suffering unmarried guardian, are assigned the homicide of an aged girl torched to loss of life in her mattress. As their research proceeds, Beau and Sue turn into embroiled in a deadly sequence of occasions that would depart them and their case shattered -- and for Beau not anything will ever be a similar back.

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JANCE “We wanted to talk to him,” Sue returned, opening the gate and leading the way onto a moldy concrete sidewalk. ” The man I assumed to be Andrew George himself appeared again, head still down. He showed no interest whatsoever in the presence of two strangers on his front walk. In fact, he never looked up from the well-worn path—a trench almost—that had been trampled into the unkempt grass under the clothesline. I wondered how many hours a day he paced back and forth like that, never stepping out of the lines of his worn dirt track, never venturing onto the too-long grass of the unmowed lawn.

He demanded of Mildred. “Yes,” she said. ” Lonnie came back over to the counter then, pulling his pants up under the shelf of his generous belly. “It’s ridiculous,” he said, scowling balefully at Sue and me. com BREACH OF DUTY He looked for the world like a man who was spoiling for a fight. Fortunately for all concerned, Sue defused the situation by stepping up to the counter with her hand extended. “I’m Detective Danielson,” she said. “And this is my partner, Detective Beaumont. ” The man waffled for a moment then took her proffered hand.

Grace brightened. “That’s right. Power of attorney. Since Mildred has that, if there is any money, she can spend it however she likes. I for one hope it’s true, that there is some. Money, that is. Enough for her to put Mr. George in a home someplace. Maybe even enough beyond that to fix this place up so it’ll be nice to live in. Mildred’s a practical woman. ” “Manages a truck-rental office right down the street. Olson’s it’s called. Mildred never used to have to work outside the home, not until two years ago when things got so bad they had to move in here.

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