Baby Shark’s JUGGLERS AT THE BORDER (Baby Shark series book #4) by Robert Fate
Publishers Weekly - Starred Review
Booklist – Starred Review
It is October 1958 when Otis Millett’s estranged wife, Dixie Logan aka the stripper known as The Dallas Firecracker, is murdered. Her death spurs a manhunt that pairs Kristin and Otis with Lt. Carl Lynch, a straight-arrow homicide detective with the Fort Worth PD. It seems some bank heist loot has disappeared and the deceased stripper Dixie Logan looks to have been involved.
This uneasy partnership of a by-the-book police detective and a couple of fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants private investigators ends up putting Kristin next to a cop-killing gang of bank robbers and their heartless boss, a dreamy maniac who lives with his mother and hears voices. The question that puts her life in danger and leads to a chase from Fort Worth to New Mexico is where did Dixie hide the bank heist loot?
With her pool-hustling career gathering dust like the parched Texas border towns where she was raised, Baby Shark, aka Kristin Van Dijk, is now a full-time private eye. Fate fills his novels with verisimilitude; we smell the unfiltered smokes while jukeboxes play old songs that somehow feel brand new. With book four in this gritty series, Fate again jacks pulp fiction up a notch or three beyond the old Black Mask formulas. Hard-boiled just doesn’t get much better than Baby Shark spinning
Jugglers at the Border is Fate's masterful fourth 1950s PI novel starring Kristin Van Dijk as Baby Shark, a hard-as-nails heroine who's completely credible. The pages will speed by for readers who enjoy gritty crime tales with plenty of flying bullets.
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.