Taking the Fifth

Taking the Fifth

Book - 1987
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There are many bizarre and terrible ways to die. Seattle Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont thought he had seen them all – until he saw this body, its wounds, and the murder weapon: an elegant woman's shoe, its stiletto heel gruesomely caked with blood. The evidence is shocking and unsettling, even for a man who prowls the shadows for a living, for it suggests that savagery is not the exclusive domain of the predatory male. And the scent of a stylish killer is pulling Beaumont into a world of drugs, corruption, and murder to view close–up a cinematic dream at its most nightmarish—and lethal.
Publisher: New York : Avon Books, c1987
ISBN: 9780380751396
Characteristics: 218 p. ; 18 cm
Alternative Title: Taking the 5th


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Sep 03, 2018

Beaumont #4

May 26, 2018

Not the best book in this series but it was interesting to see how some issues were treated 30 years ago. Compared to later books this one seemed rushed, especially at the end things wrapped up really quickly. The book was a reminder of how scary the AIDS epidemic was in the 80's and how that affected anyone who had to deal with bodies. Public opinion at that time was not favorable to the gay community. In the book the police assumed the men performing as cross dressers were gay as well.


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