Jonas Piedmont Beaumont is the main character in the J.P. Beaumont series by J.A. Lance. The street-tough Beaumont is not your average detective. In the series’ 22 novels and two novellas/short stories, J.P. Beaumont proves himself a valuable crime fighter for Seattle.
Order of J.P. Beaumont Series
|1||Until Proven Guilty||1985|
|2||Injustice for All||1986|
|3||Trial by Fury||1986|
|4||Taking the Fifth||1987|
|6||A More Perfect Union||1988|
|7||Dismissed with Prejudice||1989|
|8||Minor in Possession||1990|
|9||Payment in Kind||1991|
|10||Without Due Process||1992|
|11||Failure to Appear||1993|
|12||Lying in Wait||1994|
|15||Breach Of Duty||1999|
|16||Birds of Prey||2001|
|17||Partner in Crime||2002|
|18||Long Time Gone||2005|
|20||Fire and Ice||2009|
|21||Betrayal of Trust||2011|
|23||Ring In the Dead (Short Story)||2013|
|24||Stand Down (Short Story)||2015|
|25||Dance of the Bones||2015|
The detective’s private life and demeanor provides an interesting angle to the series. He is 6’ 3” tall, divorced but wealthy. Although J.A Lance paints him as a tough guy, it is easy to not get a sense of his masculinity through the initial descriptions of him by Lance. Most times, we see J.P Beaumont running a dishwasher and a washing machine, for instance.
Nonetheless, as Beaumont pursues the bad guys in these crime thrillers, he gets distracted by hot women once in a while.
From murdered kids, family men to elderly women, Beaumont has witnessed more horrors than most people from Seattle would ever imagine. His determination drives him from case to case with a resolve that can only match the criminal intent of his suspects.
In the first release of the J.P. Beaumont series – Until Proven Guilty, the detective is up against a murderous and fanatic religious group. In this 1985 novel, Lance also shows us how even the most skilled of detectives can falter when they lusting after a hot blonde.
It’s not long before readers got wind of Beaumont tactics. Lance’s 1986 follow-up – Trial by Fury – endeared J.P. Beaumont to Mystery/Detective fans as the book went on to get a nomination for the Anthony Award.
Yet because of the scope of the detectives exploits, Lance produced two novellas; Ring in the Dead and Stand Down, in 2013 and 2015 consecutively. The two works were an indicator of how the decades’ worth of police experience could make J.P. Beaumont such a captivating character.
J.P. BEAUMONT AWARDS
The J.P. Beaumont series first came into prominence when the 1986 novel – Trial by Fury – got a nomination for the 1987 Anthony Award in the Paperback Original category. The novel had just the right ingredients of a suspense thriller: murder, vengeance and the extremes of love and hate. More interestingly though, it is also the first time in the series that J.P. Beaumont does not fall in love with a murderous woman.
It however took J.A. Lance more than twenty years to get another book in her Beaumont series awarded. The nineteenth installment, Fire and Ice, released in 2009 again saw J.P. Beaumont going after deranged murders. In the process, the detective even got to reignite some romance with a fellow law enforcement officer from Arizona. Fire and Ice contained just the right mix of violence and romance to earn an award for the 2009 Publishers Weekly’s starred review.
The latest novel in the J.P. Beaumont series – Dance of the Bones – won the award for the 2015 Publishers Weekly’s starred review. It is the twenty-second book by Lance documenting the detectives exploits. In it, we meet a retired detective (Brandon Walker), who calls up Beaumont to help him catch a cold-blooded killer.
BEST J.P. BEAUMONT BOOKS
There are two novels in the Beaumont series that have attracted a cult following, i.e. Long Time Gone and Second Watch.
Long Time Gone: Long Time Gone was released in 2005 and brought together some of the best aspects of Beaumont’s detective work. The novel follows J.P. Beaumont as he goes back to solve a half-century-old homicide case. And in keeping true to Lance’s style, Beaumont faces multiple conspiracies and complications brought about by romance.
A Second Watch: Yet it’s in the 2013 novel, a Second Watch, where Lance finally cements her mettle as a suspense thriller author. While J.P. Beaumont struggles with old age, the author uses the opportunity to weave a powerful and dramatic narrative about the detective’s past.
OTHER BOOK SERIES YOU MAY LIKE
The “Kinsey Millhone” series by Sue Grafton has is popular with J.P. Beaumont’s fans. Like Beaumont, Kinsey has extraordinary detective skills. She however veers off into private practice an investigator compared to Beaumont who serves in Seattle’s police force for decades.
Readers captivated by the suspense and mystery of detective work in large cities also love the “Alexandra Cooper” series by Linda Fairstein. The books follow Alexandra’s work as an Assistant DA in New York. The series narrates the same kind of violence and intrigue that Lance covers so well in the J.P Beaumont series.