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St. Barts Breakdown [Hardcover]

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Rock and roll journalist Mick Sever is back with a new assignment: interview music legend Danny Murtz.

Murtz's walls are lined with platinum records, but his closet is full of skeletons.

Known for producing an unbelievable string of hits, Murtz is also tied to a string of disappearances. Seems a number of Murtz's romantic conquests have vanished into thin air. After his latest incident, Murtz conveniently retreats to his secluded St. Bart villa.

Before Mick can hop a plane to the island, he's nearly run down by a speeding car. Coincidence? Maybe, but hitmaker Danny Murtz and near misses go hand in hand.

After receiving anonymous threats, Murtz is convinced: someone wants to bring him down. Even his longtime secretary Nancy, and attorney/manager/cleaner-upper Harvey Schwartz are suspect. And that meddlesome Mick Sever is digging too deep.

If Danny Murtz has his way, Mick will only need a one-way ticket to paradise. Because if Mick isn t careful, his next column will be an obituary his obituary.

Sun, sand and a psychopath: it's a deadly mix.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   280
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2008
Publisher   Oceanview Pub
ISBN  1933515120  
ISBN13  9781933515120  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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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You will be on the edge of your seat from beginning to end  Jun 24, 2008
Reviewed by Cherie Fisher for Reader Views (6/08)

This book is a thriller at its best. I picked up the book expecting to start reading a chapter or two before bedtime and I found myself having trouble putting it down. The author really knows how to capture his audience. I look forward to reading more of his stories in the future.

The story opens with a drink recipe "Mr's B's Strawberry Daiquiri." Mr. B is the person this book is dedicated to and the bartender on St. Barts in this story, who makes amazing drink concoctions. I bought fresh strawberries and plan to try it out with my friends this weekend. I would recommend getting the ingredients to the drink before reading the book, making a daiquiri and then start reading.

Danny Murtz, world-renowned music producer is the main protagonist. On outward appearance, he has it all, tons of money, fame and a life that most only dream about. But in reality, he is addicted to both alcohol and drugs and his life is in a downward spiral. During his blackouts he goes into blind rages and has killed and hurt several women. His attorney, Harvey Schwartz, is constantly cleaning up and covering up for Danny.

When Danny goes to St. Barts to work with one of his new bands, he takes his entourage with him. His assistant, Nancy, sets up interviews with A&E and with famous reporter Mick Sever. Unknowingly, someone from Danny's past who has been hurt by him follows him to bring him down. She contacts Sever's employer with information about the murders that Danny has committed, and begins sending threateningly letters to Danny. In his drug and alcohol-induced haze he begins to suspect everyone around him, even those closest to him.

Investigative reporting on his subjects is what Mick Sever does best. As he is drawn into this story his life is threatened as a series of murder attempts are made on him. He realizes that he has to get to the bottom of this story because he will never be safe again until he finds proof about who committed the murders and the attempts made on his life.

The story is a fast-paced thriller and will leave you surprised at the conclusion. I highly recommend "St. Barts Breakdown" for anyone who enjoys a great thriller, especially one in such a beautiful location.

A great read!  May 22, 2008
Another seemingly effortless page-turner from Bruns! I really liked his previous novel STUFF TO DIE FOR, and now I have to go back and catch up on the other Mick Sever novels. He's created a fantastic foil for Sever in the supremely nasty Danny Murtz, a record producer who has a nasty habit of pistolwhipping people to death. Fortunately for him, he's alarmingly rich, so he gets away with it. The ever-cranky Sever shows up in the island paradise of St. Bart to interview Murtz, only to find things are not so paradisiacal. Threats are made, hotel rooms are ransacked, cars are blown up - and no one seems to care. When it comes down to the showdown between Sever and Murtz, Bruns ratchets things up to a fever pitch and the ending somehow manages to be both inevitable and surprising. Another win for Bruns.
Hits just the right note  May 7, 2008
This is the fourth entry in Don Bruns' series whose protagonist is Mick Sever, `rock and roll journalist' who writes `entertainment' articles for the Chicago Tribune. Now working as a freelance writer, he still gets calls from the Tribune from time to time, and has now been offered an assignment to interview music legend Danny Murtz, long-time successful producer of hit records going back many years, and a man with a nasty streak. A sub-text to the assignment is the investigation of rumored incidents in Murtz' past - women last seen in his company who had gone missing, these events being the subject of some anonymous letters received by the publication. The women in question had never been seen or heard from after `dates' with Danny Murtz, described as a `one-man wrecking crew' who `used his celebrity status to wreak havoc on everyone he touched.'

At the outset the reader is privy to the latest of Murtz' attacks, following which Harvey Schwartz, his attorney/manager/handler /cleaner-upper, tells Danny he will take care of the situation, and urges him to take a brief vacation at his villa in St. Barts [which he owns in addition to his mansion in Hollywood and townhouse in Chicago]. Danny is a man who occasionally doubts his own sanity, apparently with good reason, given his perpetually addled brain from the constant drugs, pills and booze in which he overindulges.

Mick Sever and Danny Murtz' lives, eerily, have many parallels - both Chicago natives, having come up in their professions at about the same time and both having attained different degrees of success and celebrity that each man covets while at times finding it an annoyance, both drinking too much [although in Danny everything took on exaggerated proportions] and both with failed relationships [although, again, Danny's have a much darker cause]. The music business is described as a "fantasy world, where money was everything and trust and honesty meant nothing." Danny must himself travel to St. Bart, where he finds his life in danger as he goes about his assignment in a place where fun, sun and rum are the raison d'etre, and murder and violence are not possible in this tourist-oriented world. Fast-paced, well-written, suspenseful, with considerable schadenfreude, this was a great read, and is recommended.
Spectorian mystery...  May 6, 2008
Finally: someone weirder than Phil Spector...Danny Murtz is a Spectorian record producer whose made a career of stealing other people's songs and turning them into piles of money, drugs and guns. In a haze, he's killed a girlfriend or three along the way, but he's always had his trusty attorney to make things better. The problem - the walls might be closing in. A girlfriend who got away, a cop with the missing persons bureau and an experienced music journalist are all getting close to taking him down. Set amidst the rotting-fruit humidity of the Caribbean island of St. Bart's, where money can make everything okay, Bruns has created a showdown where the devil has taken over the Garden of Eden and is causing all kinds of trouble. Bruns is always a capable guide through these locales, and he doesn't disappoint here.
Music Mystery Mastery  May 1, 2008
Rock n' roll and mystery - a beautiful combination. Don Bruns, obviously a music aficionado in addition to a strong writer, rips through this yarn about the ugly things that happen in beautiful places with gusto. He's concocted Danny Murtz, an insane music producer with buckets of money and hits, along with a penchant for guns (sound familiar?) and placed him against Mick Sever, a journeyman rock journalist who's been around long enough to know a good story when he hears one. He's also been up to his bad knees in trouble, experience which stands him in good stead on the "perfect" island of St.Bart's, where "no murders happen." Unfortunately, as long as Murtz is on the island, that's not true, but his money insulates him from the law. Sever has to take on Murtz, his bulldog attorney, the island's laissez-faire attitude and his own demons to find the truth. Bruns has a way with quick, rising action and keeping those pages turning. Great stuff.

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