About Dance of the Bones• Hardcover: 368 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (September 8, 2015)
Prospector Amos Warren and Big Bad John Lassiter, his young protégé, were as close as father and son until a violent argument tore them apart. The next day, Amos disappeared, never to be seen again. Years later, his bones were found in the desert. All signs pointed to John Lassiter, and Detective Brandon Walker made the arrest in the case.
Now, more than four decades later, the retired Walker is called in when TLC—The Last Chance, a group of retired cops, criminalists, medical examiners, and district attorneys who devote their time and experience to solving stone-cold homicide cases—looks into the killing. Lassiter can get out of jail now for time served if he'll plead guilty to a lesser charge, but he refuses to cop to a crime he didn't commit. Lassiter's daughter, Amanda Wasser, wants Brandon and TLC to find Amos's "real" killer and clear her father's name.
Cove Member Robin Reviews—DANCE OF THE BONES!
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J.P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker are united for the first time to investigate a cold case in Dance of the Bones. Many years ago, Brandon Walker, was working the case of Amos Warren, a prospector, who was murdered while looking for treasures in the desert. Walker arrested John Lassiter for the crime and he was found guilty and sent to prison. Now Lassiter is refusing to accept a deal that would make him a free man and he is asking for Brandon’s help to find the real killer and clear his name.
In Seattle, J.P. Beaumont finds himself with plenty of free time when the Special Homicide Investigation Team is unexpectedly disbanded. When Beau finds out that there are links between the murder of Amos Warren and an unsolved case in Seattle he reaches out to J.P. for assistance. The cold case becomes active again when two young boys who live on the Indian reservation go missing, and one of the boys has a close relationship with Brandon and his wife. This case comes at a time when both Walker and Beaumont are struggling with the challenges of having time on their hands but the clock is ticking and the lives of two young people and a potentially innocent man that has been wrongly accused of murder are dependent on the entwined cases being solved.
It is refreshing to pick up a novel that unites two of J.A. Jance’s beloved characters. Fans of the Beaumont and Ladd/Walker series will enjoy this whodunit. Dance of the Bones leverages aspects of both series but seems to be lacking the “secret sauce” that makes Jance’s books so addictive. The book includes quite a bit of American Indian folklore that is very interesting but is not well integrated with the plotline and causes the book to feel somewhat disjointed and hard to follow. The pace of the book is quite slow at the beginning and the author seems to spend too much time on the subplots rather than the main whodunit and the relationship that is forged between the two main characters.
Although Dance of the Bones is not one of Jance’s best books, it is still a good read and an interesting whodunit that comes together nicely at the end.