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3.72363636363636 out of 53.72363636363636 out of 53.72363636363636 out of 53.72363636363636 out of 53.72363636363636 out of 5 3.72 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. A. Jance Narrator: Tim Jerome, Harry Chase Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The J. P. Beaumont Series Release Date: July 2005 ISBN: 9780060884680
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New York Times bestselling master J. A. Jance brings back J. P. Beaumont -- one of the most enduring and endearing characters in contemporary fiction -- in a riveting story about a shocking, long-buried case of murder ...

After more than twenty years of distinguished service with the Seattle Police Department, Jonas Piedmont Beaumont is now working for the Washington State Attorney's Special Homicide Investigation Team or, as it's more commonly referred, the SHIT squad. But the more things change, the more they stay the same.

An eyewitness to a fifty-year-old murder has just come forward, and Beau has been hand-picked to lead the investigation. While undergoing hypnotherapy, a middle-aged nun unexpectedly recalls the grisly details of a cold-blooded killing she witnessed when she was five years old. Though fear has kept these memories repressed for half a century, they've now risen to the surface to cast a harsh light on a deadly plot that spans two generations. And Beau's caught in the glare, facing a ruthless band of coconspirators willing to go to any lengths to keep their secrets hidden.

Filled with all of the Jance trademarks -- heart-stopping suspense, deeply drawn characters, local flavor, intelligence, and humanity -- Long Time Gone is a crowning achievement in this bestselling author's career.

Performed by Tim Jerome

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Taut…entertaining.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “J. A. Jance does not disappoint her fans.”

    Washington Times

  • “Suspenseful, action-packed.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Credible and entertaining.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Taut, colorful…The clever and complex plot line…shows Jance at her best.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Crisply written and filled with suspense.”

    Tucson Citizen

  • “J. A. Jance knows suspense. Her latest thriller shines…Jance is addictive.”

    Statesman Journal (Oregon) 

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 2/14/2014

    " One in the J.P. Beaumont series. I enjoyed it very much and would like to read more from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronald Howell | 2/14/2014

    " Great read by Jance, still leaves you hanging with Beau and Mel. Hope everything works out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genie | 2/12/2014

    " J.P. Beaumont, Seattle investigator for the Washington Special Homicide Investigation Team, must solve two family tragedies. One is a cold case from 50 years ago the state attorney general assigns to Beaumont. The only witness was a five year old girl who is now a nun, Sister Mary Katherine. When she began suffering horrific dreams caused by long-repressed memories about witnessing the murder of a neighbor, she contacts law enforcement in the hope that the crime can be solved. Just as Beaumont begins to make head way with this investigation, he is distracted when the former wife of his best friend, Ron Peters, is killed and suspicion falls on Ron. Beaumont is forced to choose between friendship and duty. Although his relationship with the Peters family forbids him from working directly on their case, he offers help to the detectives in charge. Meanwhile the complex plot Sister Mary Katherine, reveals a cover up that still threatens the reputations of several parties who were involved. They continue to do anything and everything possible to keep the truth from being revealed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katieailene | 2/12/2014

    " I thought this was a really good book, as all of Jance's books usually are. This story was a bit different in that some of the trials that Beaumont was forced into were much more personal than some of his other past cases. As his team of investigators investigate Ron Peters, Beaumont is stuck between a rock and a hard place, being a close friend to Peters but being banned form the investigation due to conflict of interest. There is a but of a lack of action but as you reach the end of the book the action picks up fast and keeps you from putting the book down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenn Harris | 2/1/2014

    " Another first-rate J.P. Beaumont mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 1/31/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I'll be checking out some of J.A.Jance's other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracie | 1/31/2014

    " A quick read, but I enjoyed it. Beau and Mel are Hart to Hart type detectives. The mystery held my attention and I didn't guess the perps before the end. I would read another of Jance's mysteries with these detectives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy (Colorado) | 1/18/2014

    " Beaumont mysteries are always a fun read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/4/2014

    " This was a decent read, likable characters, fun twists and turns, and two plots running at the same time with neither of them being neglected. If I came across other books in the series, I'd read them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 12/23/2013

    " More Harry I. Ball, makes me chuckle when I read his name. Goodness Ron Peters daughters have grown and poor guy has more drama than needed. Sister Mary Katherine was a surprise. Like seeing Captain Kramer back to give Beau more headaches. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley | 12/11/2013

    " Very enjoyable, fast read with multilayered mysteries and interesting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lola4 | 11/13/2013

    " This was one of the better Beaumont books. Since they usually involve more than one case happening simultaneously, I usually find one subplot better than the other. The story about the nun with repressed memories was a bore, but the Peters' story and Beaumont's personal life were more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 7/10/2013

    " The more Beaumont series novels I read the more I like them. Read this one out of order - do not usually do- but was not a problem. Very interesting plot. Sort of surprised by the solutions. Like how book ended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 6/4/2013

    " blah it was predictable. they're the detectives but i was able to figure it out before them? cmon, i thought this was suppose to be a suspenseful book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patsy | 4/19/2013

    " Liking J.A. Jance. Involved in the investigation of a half-century-old murder after a nun comes forth with repressed memories of witnessing the murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne Smith | 12/23/2012

    " The mystery was compelling but the language was a little too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 9/10/2012

    " This narrator is not quite as good as the primary narrator. Plot was excellent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles Fields | 7/16/2012

    " This is the book where Mel goes from acquaintance to very good friend, so an interesting turning point for JP. It also deals with repressed childhood memories and the hazards of recovering them via hypnosis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 7/11/2012

    " The plot on this one is a little twisted and confusing. I'm still trying to figure out some of the things that happened...they were a little far-fetched! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Florence | 3/24/2012

    " I liked the way the author really makes us get into the brain of Beau. I want to read more of his mysteries now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hubjeanne | 3/4/2012

    " Love J.P. Beaumont!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronnie | 11/12/2011

    " Very good book, a lot of twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/29/2011

    " Good series-takes place in Seattle "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeleine | 9/30/2011

    " My first mystery for Nancy Pearl's genre class. I read it all day and couldn't put it down! The ending wrapped up a bit too quickly for my taste, but otherwise it was a great intro to the genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Dickison | 7/6/2011

    " A good J.P. Beaumont mystery cop thriller. Beau gets assigned to a 50 year old cold case and it quickly becomes a hot current case. Sister Mary Katherine is introduced in this book and things heat up between Beau and Mel Soames. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 5/10/2011

    " More Harry I. Ball, makes me chuckle when I read his name. Goodness Ron Peters daughters have grown and poor guy has more drama than needed. Sister Mary Katherine was a surprise. Like seeing Captain Kramer back to give Beau more headaches. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 2/25/2011

    " One in the J.P. Beaumont series. I enjoyed it very much and would like to read more from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 1/5/2011

    " Another J.P. Beaumont book and it's a good one! There were a few male chauvinistic remarks which I found unusual since it's written by a woman. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 8/17/2010

    " blah it was predictable. they're the detectives but i was able to figure it out before them? cmon, i thought this was suppose to be a suspenseful book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ralph | 6/13/2010

    " Audio Book CD read by Harry Chase. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 2/27/2010

    " I usually don't like mysteries because it bores me most of the time, but this book was pretty interesting. The way it was written was humurous at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 2/7/2010

    " The more Beaumont series novels I read the more I like them. Read this one out of order - do not usually do- but was not a problem. Very interesting plot. Sort of surprised by the solutions. Like how book ended. "

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About the Author

J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, and a number of novels featuring the Walker family. Before becoming an author, Jance worked as a librarian and a teacher on a Native American reservation.

About the Narrators

Tim Jerome’s Broadway performances include Beauty and the Beast, Man of LaMancha, Cats, Me and My Girl, Lost in Yonkers, The Magic Show, and Grand Hotel. His film credits include Deconstructing Harry, Husbands and Wives, I.Q., and Billy Bathgate. He has also appeared on television in All My Children, Lou Grant, Laverne and Shirley, and Barney Miller.

Harry Chase has over thirty years of experience in voice-overs and acting. He is most recognized as the voice of Captain Morgan’s Rum. His work includes feature film trailers as well as spots for Quiznos, Sony Vaio, Disney on Broadway, CNN, CBS, Lifetime, Sci-Fi and National Geographic. Harry’s voice can also be heard in video games such as Grand Theft Auto IV and as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. Harry won a Best Voice Over Golden Trailer Award for his work on the movie trailer for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford starring Brad Pitt.