A Novel of Suspense.
After surviving two marriages, a battle with the bottle and twenty years as a Seattle homicide detective, J P Beaumont has decided to pull the pin. But there is no safety in retirement for a man who has battled violence and evil for too long.
With time on his hands, Beau agrees to chaperon his newly-wed grandmother on her honeymoon cruise to the Gulf of Alaska. Surely spending time aboard the "Starfire Breeze", taking in the bright sunshine and clear, crisp northern sea air will give him a chance to deal with his emotional wounds after a devastating professional tragedy. And being an eligible bachelor amongst a feisty group of middle-aged divorcees should prove to be a welcome diversion.
But death is everywhere, even at sea. Beau's brief idyll is shattered when one of his new admirers mysteriously disappears - and security video shows her taking a fatal fall overboard. Like it or not, the burden of investigating the crime is once again on Beau's shoulders. Adrift one thousand miles from home J P Beaumont finds himself submerged in a terrifying conspiracy that, if not stopped, could have disastrous consequences, not only for those aboard the ship, but for the future they all hope to return to.
In 'Birds Of Prey', J A Jance explores moral strengths and frailties while exposing the complex shades of evil that can shroud the human soul.