Baby Shark's Beaumont Blues

Baby Shark's Beaumont Blues

by Robert Fate

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Baby Shark’s BEAUMONT BLUES (Baby Shark series book #2) by Robert Fate
Anthony Finalist at Bouchercon
Library Journal - Starred Review

In September 1956 a Texas oil heiress goes missing and Otis Millett and his new partner at the Millett Agency are asked to find her. This is Kristin Van Dijk’s first big job as a P.I., and it seems simple enough until she realizes the spoiled girl’s disappearance is tangled up with murderous Beaumont gangsters, a big bag full of cash, crooked lawyers, a chesty waitress who wears Evening in Paris, and a Dallas Police detective who has dimples. The action never stops in this Baby Shark crime adventure with twists you never see coming.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015559798
Publisher: Robert Bealmear
Publication date: 10/05/2012
Series: Baby Shark , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 725 KB

About the Author

Robert Fate is a Marine Corps veteran who studied at the Sorbonne in France, rough necked in the oilfields of Oklahoma, fashion modeled in NYC, sold show scenery in Las Vegas, and has been a chef and an indie film producer in Los Angeles. As a Hollywood special effects technician, he won an Academy Award for Technical Achievement. He lives in a Spanish Colonial in Silver Lake, Los Angeles with his wife, a ceramic artist. They have a dog, two cats, and a turtle named Pharrell.

He is the author of the five installment strong Baby Shark series: Baby Shark; Baby Shark’s Beaumont Blues; Baby Shark’s High Plains Redemption; Baby Shark’s Jugglers at the Border; and Baby Shark’s Showdown at Chigger Flats. His stand alone novel, Kill the Gigolo, a contemporary noir, will be released in October 2012.

His website is

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Baby Shark's Beaumont Blues 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
beccam2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Baby Shark becomes a full blown person in this second book of Fate's series. She has moved on from the horror of our first introduction to her and joined forces with Otis as a PI to "protect" a young heiress from someone- perhaps even herself. Mr. Fate does himself proud with the plot, but even prouder with his sparse writing style- suitable to both the the landscape(Texas)of the book and the characters.A very good read indeed. I am now a confirmed fan of Mr. Fate.The third in the series, High Plains Redemption, is on my nightstand as I type this.
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Protagonist: newly licensed PI Kristin Van DijkSetting: 1956--the area between Dallas and Beaumont, TexasSeries: #2First Line: Leon drooled when he smiled at me.In this second book in the series, newly licensed PI Kristin Van Dijk and her partner, former cop Otis Millett, are investigating the disappearance of an heiress who's slated to inherit millions from her daddy's oil fields. In no time at all, gangsters from Beaumont have shoehorned their way into the situation and the body count rises and rises and rises.If you don't like violence, stay away from these books. For the most part, it doesn't bother me, but the entire plot of the book seemed rather tired. I also began keeping track of Kristin's ability to hear because it wasn't consistent throughout the book. The only reason I rated it as high as I did was because I still like the characters of Kristin and Otis.
FrontStreet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh Baby, Baby. She is back, all rough, tough and soft around the edges. Kristin Van Dijk, who we met in Baby Shark, has returned to her crime fighting, but now she is Otis' partner in his PI business.Kristin and Otis are hired to locate and rescue a kidnapped girl, who ends up more difficult to find and keep than they expected. What seemed like a simple rescue mission becomes convoluted case of deception, greed and dishonor.In this installment of Kristen's adventures it is the characters that take center stage. Baby Shark introduced us to the main characters but that book was driven by the action, the violence. Beaumont Blues has taken the promise of the first one and given the characters a chance to grow. It is no less exciting, no less blood stained than the first one, but it also shows a maturity in development. It would have be easy for Robert Fate to rest on the momentum of Baby Shark, to recreate the "little lost girl fights back" theme but he was able to step back and let her mature. Otis has a bigger role this time as the friendly boss and father figure, and he fills it well. The assorted other characters that blast their way through the action are well drawn with Fate's usual tongue in cheek spin on motive and morality.But, of course, it is also the action driven plot that makes this a one sitting book. As the action progresses faster than a bullet, or is that as fast as the numerous bullets, it maintains the velocity of non stop suspense and thrills. It still can have scenes such as "It looked as if we were in the middle of a Popeye comic strip with all the bodies strewn about. But it was no cartoon, it was a slaughterhouse. Blood everywhere." Kristin has matured, not mellowed. The ending is satisfyingly unexpected, with the humor that makes these books so creative and welcomed.Next up is Baby Shark's Panhandle Caravan (name change Mr. Fate? What happened to Sooner Weekends?). It will be interesting to see what Robert Fate has planned next for Kristin and Otis.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kristin Van Dijk may be a teenager, but she¿s grown into a full fighter in this, the second in Fate¿s Baby Shark series. She owns her moniker. She¿s now a PI with her mentor/teacher. The two of them work well together, figuring out what¿s going on, who¿s doing what, and how they can survive. Baby Shark holds her own, doing as much and sometimes most of the fighting and stopping the bad guys. She¿s not only fun to read, she¿s an interesting and complex character. She has her own tragic past and in Baby Shark¿s Beaumont Blues she¿s beginning to recover from it and is becoming a strong woman and definitely a force to be reckoned with.