• Second Watch

  • A J. P. Beaumont Novel, Book 21
  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: J. R. Horne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (452 ratings)

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Second Watch

By: J. A. Jance
Narrated by: J. R. Horne
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New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance delivers an emotional and resonant mystery that takes us deep into Seattle detective J. P. Beaumont's past and raises challenging questions about duty, honor, and the debt that is owed to those who sacrifice their lives for their country.

Getting old is hell. J. P. Beaumont is finally taking some time off to have knee-replacement surgery. But instead of taking his mind off work, the operation plunges him into one of the most perplexing and mind-blowing mysteries he's ever faced. A series of dreams takes him back to his early days on the force with the Seattle PD, and then even earlier, to his days in Vietnam, reminding him of people and events he hasn't thought about in years.

When tugging on those threads from long ago leads to present-day murders, Beau's suspicions are confirmed. Some bodies from the second watch just won't stay buried. A masterful demonstration of J. A. Jance's superb craftsmanship, Second Watch is a thought-provoking novel that is also a poignant look at one of the most painful and divisive moments in our history - Vietnam - and a reminder of the staggering cost of war and the debts we owe to those who served then...and those who do now.

Performed by J. R. Horne

©2013 J. A. Jance (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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a unique idea

After writing 20 books about Beaumont what can an author do different? Jance certainly came up with a unique twist for the twenty first book. I found the weaving of fiction with non-fiction a distinctive idea. Beau is in the having both knees replaced and has had some hallucination with his pain medication that triggers him to ask to open a cold case, his first homicide. He is also hallucinating about his Lieutenant from his Army days in Viet Nam. What Jance does with these two plots is interesting and different from her usual stories. One is non-fiction the other is fiction, there is of course suspense, some action, and humor as she weaves her story. In this book she also brings in Bisbee, Arizona and Sherriff Joan Brady in a brief appearance. J.R. Home did a good job narrating the book. If you are a fan of Jance you will enjoy her new book.

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Loved this book


i wasn''t familiar with this author until i saw her on the TV series "Greed," telling her true story. Now I wanna write a book with as much heart felt writing as this. Bravo. THis book left me with chills going up my back.

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Too Much Repeated information

If you have read previous books in this series, then this book will feel very tedious. There's so much backstory for JP Beaumont that it takes pages and pages to summarize all of that. The past event summarizing seems to go on forever--very tedious if you have read the previous novels.

In addition, there is a very, very long series of flashbacks involving a 2nd story about Vietnam Veterans that is completely separate from the main mystery.

With all this extra material, I really lost interest in the main mystery. Tedious, tedious, tedious. I think this is the last J.A. Jance book that I'll purchase.

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Good listen

A different style than previous books. Good narrator and storyline. Interesting all the way through.

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Oustanding in the series

I love all of the JP Beaumont books, but this in particular was a standout. Full of insight and emotion for JP. Finally, a narrator who is as good as Gene Engene. Don't let him go please.
The authors notes at the end discussing how the idea for the book came about was fascinating. Glad the author didn't listen to a teacher who didn't believe in her writing dream. The books have given me hours of pleasure.

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Not her best...

First part of the story is forced. Trying too hard to create a plot. Characters quite nice though. Mystery turns out interesting. J.A. Jance: keep trying!

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A great look back novel

A great look back in Bou's life. Enjoy this series and the thoughtful think twists

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Some People Have All the Bad Luck

So many thing happen to JP that nothing is surprising anymore. Good story. Not quick paced but good.

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Starts slow, but worth the ride.

The first 7 chapters were very slow and if I weren’t a long time reader I probably would have stopped reading. Then it took off and it became truly memorable.

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One of the best.

Loved this book in the series. JP is gracefully aging, and I loved the references to his Vietnam experience.