Item description for South Beach Shakedown: The Diary of Gideon Pike by Don Bruns...
Overview Someone is about to make a killing in the music industry. Why would songwriting legend Gideon Pike mysteriously disappear just when he is about to turn his 30-year career into a multi-million dollar profit? Music columnist Mick Sever is back in Don Bruns' third suspense masterpiece. This time he's looking for answers and a missing friend in the gritty backrooms of South Beach's biggest nightclubs, dodging suicide speedboats and running from sniper fire. A glitzy, high-speed run from the back alleys to the burnt beaches of Miami Beach.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.75" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
Publisher Oceanview Publishing
ISBN 1933515023 ISBN13 9781933515021
Availability 0 units.
More About Don Bruns
Don Bruns is a singer and songwriter, a painter, a cook, a traveler, and stand-up-comic who has not decided what to do when he grows up. He is also the author of two mystery series. His ?stuff series? showcases the unstoppable yet bumbling young private investigators, James Lessor and Skip Moore, and his ?music series? features rock and roll writer Mick Sever. Don and his wife, Linda, live in South Florida.
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South Beach Shakedown: The Diary of Gideon Pike Jul 18, 2007
Gideon Pike goes missing. Nobody knows if the man killed his gay lover and fled, if he's hiding from the real killer, or if he's skipped town on one of his occasional trips that usually happen when Pike owes someone money.
Even after I read this book, I still wasn't sure whether I liked Gideon Pike or not. The guy seemed like such a sleaze at times, had so many secrets, and had layer upon layer of hidden lives that I wasn't really sure if I ever got to see the real man behind all the smoke and mirrors. Moreover, when finally faced with the complex realities and dynamic personality of the man, I wasn't sure how much of the made up situations and fantasies that Pike actually believed.
Despite this, or more likely because of these aspects, I couldn't seem to put this book down. I was so eager to figure out if Pike was still alive, who had committed the murders, and the real truth behind all the deceptions that I had to keep turning the pages.
A Glam Slam for Bruns Dec 7, 2006
The olives are for the pits in this glam slam number by musician turned novelist Don Bruns. Korean born mobster Jimmy Shinn chews green olives and drives an olive Lexus as he puts the squeeze on hapless superstar musician Gideon Pike. When Pike disappears after agreeing to a tell-all book, it's just another of Pike's usual disappearing acts, or so say his lyricist, his lawyer and his business manager. But rock journalist Mick Sever and his stunning ex wife Ginny, fear otherwise, especially after they gain access to Gideon's plush condo and find hints of Pike's anguish in his diaries. It doesn't help matters that Gideon's latest guy friend turns up dead on his yacht and Pike becomes a murder suspect. Mick finds himself on the wrong play list, fending off boats, bullets, bottles and fists. The pursuit of Pike through South Beach bistros, Little Havana and back streets of Coral Gables, Bruns lays Greater Miami bare, likening the sprawl "an aging lady without proper foundation garments." All right! Meanwhile, the hapless Jimmy Shinn, third generation scion of an old school Korean family puts the ultimate squeeze on Pike in a last-ditch effort to please Dad, only to be exposed by one of the little guys he so despises. Bruns serves up each of his novels with a new cocktail; Savor Southbeach Shakedown, I say. Here's a novel that goes down like a cold, sweet drink that fevers the brain while it freezes the gullet.
Bruns at his best! Nov 21, 2006
South Beach Shakedown was a really fun mystery book to read. Full of music references and Florida flair, the story flowed easily and kept me guessing from chapter to chapter. The main characters were stimulating and easy to relate to, while the bad guys were terrifying and manipulative enough to hold my interest. Like any good mystery, South Beach Shakedown had a surprise around every corner. The setting was gorgeous, yet sleazy and I liked getting an inside look at Miami's South Beach. All in all, South Beach Shakedown was a well-written, easy to read, exciting and thoroughly entertaining book!
A thrill ride!!! Nov 8, 2006
>South Beach Shakedown: The Diary of Gideon Pike is a rock-n-roll ride >through the seamy underbelly of Miami's luxurious neighborhood of the rich and famous. The third book chronicling the misadventures of Mike Sever, music journalist and amateur detective, South Beach Shakedown delivers a gripping tale of devoted friendship, dark secrets and blackmail plots. When Gideon Pike, musical superstar and close friend of Sever goes missing, Sever is put on the trail by his ex-wife, who has been working on Pike's biography. As his story unfolds and the Severs get closer to finding Pike, they are thrust deeper and deeper into a world of ruthless violence, deceit and murder; a world where they may be the next target. Trusted allies quickly turn in to a long line of suspects that will keep you guessing until the very end of this fast-paced thriller. >
Fun rock-n-roll mystery ride! Nov 8, 2006
I'm a total geek for a good mystery novel. But usually I am let down by either a lack of imagery or an absolute barrage of information that leaves a muddled mess in my mind's eye. Lucky for me, Don Bruns has written an exciting novel in succinct, to-the-point chapters (usually just a few pages long) that also manage to paint vivid pictures of the action and characters involved. Part of it is Bruns usage of actual locations and pop culture references, which really bring the story to life for me. His obvious broad knowledge of the music industry similarly adds to the authenticity of his storytelling. It probably helps that South Beach Shakedown is located in gorgeous Miami, but nonetheless, the story was full of useful details to help me piece the puzzle together, both with clues and images. I really enjoyed this book and am happy to have found the author.