Seattle homicide detectives J.P. Beaumont and Sue Danielson think that their two cases are fairly routine. They are to investigate the arson death of an elderly woman and to discover where the human bones used in a role-playing game came from. As an added burden, Sues ex has turned up in town to visit the children he hasnt seen in years.

The investigation reveals there is nothing ordinary in anything going on around them. The elderly arson victim who lived in what was little more than a hovel, died with more than $300,000 socked away in her garage. As to the bonesthey belonged to a shaman who died of lung cancer ten years earlier.

Everyone coming into contact with the bones seems to be running into some very bad luck indeed. Sues ex may present some problems and she knows he cant be trusted, but even Sue and J.P. are not prepared for the evil plan he has in mind.

It has been several years since Ms. Jance brought us a new J.P. Beaumont story, but the wait has been well worth it. With its intriguing storylines and intricate plot twists, BREACH OF DUTY hooks the reader from its opening pages to its harrowing conclusion. Not for the fainthearted, this is a rare reading experience. (Feb., 352 pp., $23.00)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg