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Life has shifted for J. P. Beaumont. After a sad twist of fate that devastated—and eventually disbanded—his targeted murder Investigaton workforce, he accepts that he has left murder detection at the back of at this element, yet he has loads of unanticipated loose time on his palms. he is retaining busy with renovations at the new residence that he and his spouse, Mel Soames, the newly appointed leader of police in Bellingham, Washington, have got. yet new furniture and paint palettes can occupy in basic terms lots of Beau's everyday life, and Mel is encouraging him to come to the place he's wanted: investigating crimes.
In the interim, she is suffering to achieve regulate of her new state of affairs, forged right into a division the place a few are welcoming—and a few will not be. it has been a couple of months, and the stress within the police division is emerging, yet Beau realizes Mel has to take on issues in her personal approach, so he refrains from advising. but if Beau indicates up one afternoon to survey the development at their new condo and reveals Mel's vehicle there yet no signal of her, his investigative instincts kick in. abruptly he is again within the game—except this time, his middle is at the line in addition to his specialist dignity.
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