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A shocking photo screamed from the front pages of the tabloids—the last moments of a life captured for all the world to see. The look of sheer terror eternally frozen on the face of the doomed woman indicated that her fatal fall from an upper story of an unfinished Seattle skyscraper was no desperate suicide—and that look will forever haunt Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont. But his hunt for answers and justice is leading to more death, and to dark and terrible secrets scrupulously guarded by men of steel behind the locked doors of a powerful union that extracts its dues payments in blood.

Topics: Murder, Police, Corruption, Seattle, Suspenseful, Series, and 1980s

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061760228
List price: $9.99
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This is a good, fast-moving police procedural. I recently read one of the later J.P. Beaumont mysteries and did not like it at all – it was too burdened with minor characters (friends and relatives of Beau, mainly) and their backstory. This book is much earlier in the series, and shows what was attractive about the books. There is a fairly convoluted crime, a single-minded detective, some danger, a small cast of familiar stereotypical characters, and some Seattle backdrops. It’s not literature, but it keeps you reading.more

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This is a good, fast-moving police procedural. I recently read one of the later J.P. Beaumont mysteries and did not like it at all – it was too burdened with minor characters (friends and relatives of Beau, mainly) and their backstory. This book is much earlier in the series, and shows what was attractive about the books. There is a fairly convoluted crime, a single-minded detective, some danger, a small cast of familiar stereotypical characters, and some Seattle backdrops. It’s not literature, but it keeps you reading.more
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