Club Book Episode 97 JA Jance
Mystery phenom J.A. Jance is the mind behind not one, but four blockbuster series. Her corpus, stretching back to 1985, includes nearly 70 novels to date. Jance’s popular and compelling protagonists include news anchor-turned-sleuth Ali Reynolds, trailblazing sheriff Joanna Brady, and Arizona’s colorful Walker Family. Each has a devoted following, but none has been solving crimes for as long – or can boast as many installments – as retired Seattle police detective J. P. Beaumont. First introduced nearly 35 years ago in Until Proven Guilty, Beaumont has been the focus of 24 books (and several well received novellas, besides). Two in this series, Without Due Process (1992) and Failure to Appear (1993), have won Jance the prestigious American Mystery Award. Beaumont’s latest adventure, Sins of the Fathers, hit shelves in September. In his most personal and suspenseful case to date, the detective is coaxed out of retirement by an old acquaintance to solve a missing person case – one that dredges up unwelcome memories.