Baby Shark (Baby Shark series Book 1)
By Robert Fate
- Publisher:Capital Crime Press (1800)
- File Size:607 KB
- Print Length:270 pages
- Publisher:Robert Bealmear; Second Edition edition (March 23, 2012)
- Publication Date:March 23, 2012
- Sold by:com Services LLC
Story opens in October 1952 –– A father murdered. A daughter sexually assaulted, beaten, left for dead. As a rule, in the 1950s, a good girl didn’t admit being raped—and she’d never seek revenge for her father’s murder. But Kristin Van Dijk didn’t play by the rules.
Be prepared for your heart to be hurt and your spirit to roar and cheer and yet still grieve for what was lost.
This is how Baby Shark began. This is a tale of strength and found friends becoming family. It’s a tale of justice, sure, self-made justice, maybe even revenge, but it’s what I, the reader, wanted and what Baby Shark needed as much as the story and series demanded.
I didn’t know her history; I started the series with book 3, but the author graciously sent me books 1 and 2. Now, I’m thrilled to learn there’s more. At 5 or 7 from one internet search. I’m hooked.
I’ve said before Mr. Fate’s writing is straightforward simple, gritty, and there’s no punches pulled. This first book is not an easy read. The attitude given to Baby after her assault via hospital staff had me ready to tear someone apart. But, those where the times. No “good” girl got herself raped. What man would possibly want her now? She’s washed up.
This girl has guts. She fights her way back and then some. She earns and gives respect to those who were not always seen as “proper” society. As “fitting” to be around. You know, the kind proper, fitting society deems unworthy, turns away from. I’d rather hang with Baby and her group. My problem is, I don’t think I have the strength of character to handle what they do. The ability to do what needs doing.
Maybe it’s my age, fifty-six as of this writing, but I want to mother Baby. Protect her from the ugliness life showed her. My other problem there…she’s risen above that ugliness and has found the society that accepts her as she is.
There are characters which will haunt you not because you they’re friendly, likable, nice, clean-cut, make you laugh, but because they give you a look into the darker side of humanity. They dare you not to flinch. You’re reminded that life isn’t all sunshine and roses, but if you keep going life can surprise you.
I will safely say that Baby Shark isn’t for everyone. It’s raw and hungry. You will cheer throughout the read. You will worry. You might even yell a little…no comment.
What more can you ask of a book?
Please excuse me while I go and finish reading book two.
About the book:
Private investigator Kristin Van Dijk and her obstreperous partner, Otis Millett, have been hired to find kidnapped teen oil heiress Sherry Beasley, who needs to be kept safe until her upcoming eighteenth birthday.
Baby Shark's High Plains Redemption
by Robert Fate
May 1957––When Kristin Van Dijk aka Baby Shark and Otis Millett are hired to deliver the ransom for redheaded Savannah Smike, the mysterious piano-playing girlfriend of an Oklahoma bootlegger, they find themselves involved in more trouble than they bargained for. It is kill or be killed from day one.
Who wants Savannah so badly they are willing to murder anyone who gets in the way? That is the mystery Kristin and Otis confront in what becomes a no-holds-barred struggle between two feuding outlaw clans.
This action-crime-adventure is quintessential Baby Shark. It careens across two states, leaving a trail of blood and destruction from the tough side of Fort Worth through the southern Ozarks of Oklahoma to the lonesome high plains of the Texas panhandle.
This is my first time experiencing Mr. Fate’s writing and I feel I’ve come home. I’m a major fan of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, not that Baby Shark is Mike Hammer. No, I think Hammer would give this lady a wide berth. Kristin Van Dijk is no nonsense, tough, but never abrasive. Her loyalty to Otis and her reputation comes across clear and well-earned.
Baby Shark is not a cozy read. This is a gritty, time period, no punches pulled, out and out head on fight. The characters are no way sugar coated. Some might say the characters are stereotypes of perceived tough guys; however, stereotypes never read true. These are characters shaped by their experiences, those around them, and life in general. Mr. Fate’s writing is simply straightforward.
Because this is my first reading of Baby Shark, I am missing some background on her. Every series builds its characters, adds more, shows more. Some of Baby Shark I’ve had to fill in for myself and I don’t think I’ve been far off the mark. Mr. Fate’s secondary characters are…will fans get mad if I use the word, fun? They are, fun that is. The secondary characters are fun. I believe them and while I might not want to meet any in real life, here within the pages I like them.
This is a writer’s strength. Being able to bring any character alive and have the reader want them to be real. To forget they’re not.
Baby Shark isn’t going to be for everyone and even for me; I’ll read more cozies between each Baby Shark. Nevertheless, I’ll revisit and live precariously within Mr. Fate’s pages.