BABY SHARK’S BEAUMONT BLUES
BY ROBERT FATE
By K. Robert Einarson
Kristin Van Dijk is back in this new novel from Robert Fate.
This time around she is a newly licensed PI and partnered
with Otis Millett who was also introduced in the first book.
Kristin and Otis are hired to locate and return Sherry Beasley,
a wealthy heiress nearing her eighteenth birthday. Once
they locate her, they start to realize that there are other
forces at work here and what appeared to be a straightforward
job becomes a quagmire of conflicting agendas and danger.
Fate has written a well-told story that captures the spirit
of the period. The atmosphere he has created has that same
dark feel that Elroy so deftly captured.
The story is a real page-turner that has ample twists and
turns right up to the clever and surprising end. The dialog
is solid and Fate's continued development of Kristin and
Otis has really flushed them out. They had a natural back
and forth that feels like Fate was transcribing two actual
My only complaint was character of Virginia. My feeling
was that she was a little undeveloped and this made things
such as the dialog between her and Kristin have less of
Fate's keen ear.
But the overall impression of this book is that it is an
excellent follow-up to the acclaimed Baby Shark. I look
forward to Fate's next book in the series "Panhandle
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