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from FictionZeal.com re: Dance of the Bones (J.P. Beaumont & Brandon Walker) by J.A. Jance

Dance of the Bones: A Beaumont and Walker Novel - J. A. Jance

Ava Martin set him up.  John Lassiter has been serving years for murdering Amos Warren in March 1970; a crime he didn’t commit.  Now it’s March 2015.  Lassiter refuses to accept a plea deal.  He’ll never confess to a crime he was not guilty of.  Instead, he calls on the arresting officer, Sheriff Brandon Walker, to look into it further.  Walker has since retired, but is working with TLC (The Last Chance), a group that has been successful with reviewing old cases and proving the innocence of some prisoners.  Unexpectedly, Walker discovers a link to another homicide in Seattle.  He contacts J.P. Beaumont, a retired Seattle detective.  The two begin sharing resources.  Then, more recently, two boys from the Tohono O’odham reservation in Tucson, AZ go missing.

I like that the author combined two great series detectives to work with each other.  Dance of the Bones was #22 of the J.P. Beaumont series and #5 of the Brandon Walker series.  There is a stronger emphasis on Walker than Beaumont.  I thought the action was lagging and there was a blurb at the beginning of each chapter of Tohono O’odham Indian Lore which didn’t seem to add any real benefit to the overall story.  It is suspenseful and the reader will want to know how it all ends as there are a few twists thrown in.  Rating: 3 out of 5.