Betrayal Of Trust

Betrayal Of Trust

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At first glance, the video appears to be showing a childish game: a teenage girl with dark wavy hair smiles for the camera, a blue scarf tied around her neck. All of a sudden things turn murderous, and the girl ends up dead. It's as bad as a snuff film can get, and what's worse, the clip has been discovered on a phone that belongs to the grandson of Washington State's governor. However, the boy, who has a troubled background, swears that he's never seen the victim before. Fortunately, the governor is able to turn to an old friend, J. P. Beaumont, for help. The Seattle private investigator has witnessed many horrific acts over the years, but this one ranks near the top. Even more shocking is that the crime's multiple perpetrators could be minors. Along with Mel Soames, his partner in life as well as on the job, Beaumont soon determines that what initially appears to be a childish prank gone wrong has much deeper implications. But Mel and Beau must follow this path of corruption to its very end, before more innocent young lives are lost.
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Mar 20, 2018

Seattle mystery fans can enjoy another well-written book by Jance with the protagonist Beaumont. JP and the governor went to high school together, but it is a surprise when she calls him about a snuff film found on her son's computer. Suicide, murder and arson ensue.

Mar 12, 2016

Jance's series are quick but worthwhile reads; for me Beaumont is the best of them, meaty and always with a point. In this one, their state's governor finds a snuff video on her step-grandson's cell phone and calls the state attorney general, who calls in Beau and Mel. They work fast, as other lives are at stake, but the case goes south as they find rich teens who are used to being bailed out by their parents. This makes Beau's blood boil, as he wants to see justice done. As sometimes happens in his cases, justice can get turned upside down. Extra interest for me in this book is that at the time of writing, the governor actually was a woman in a second marriage, who worked hard to keep her private life private. Luckily, she didn't have to face this issue. I wondered if Jance talked to the guv before writing the book, as every local reader would know who the character was loosely based on.

Dec 26, 2015

This was actually pretty good. Fast-paced, entertaining, with a good plot with several unexpected twists. Definitely a good read

Mar 19, 2014

When a snuff film is discovered on a cell phone belonging to the grandson of Washington State's governor, the governor turns to J. P. Beaumont for help. But this case of an apparent juvenile prank gone wrong has deeper and more startling implications.

Jan 07, 2012

G&M recommendation. Was OK, but not strong enough to make me want to finish it - limited time for reading so have to make choices

(Staff) Elaine Bird Aug 30, 2011

A great addition to the J P Beaumont series. Topical theme (bullying and its consequences). A good read.

Aug 22, 2011

Good topic, but a bit slow-going at times. I like this character.


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