Barbados Heat (Mick Sever Series #2)

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Congressman Shapply, a former music insider who now leads the crusade against offensive lyrics in rap songs, is attacked and murdered in from of his Washington D.C. home. His son Nick is arrested and charged with murder. For veteran music journalist Mick Sever, covering this case is personal. Sever, best friend of the accused killer, believes his friend's claims of innocence. With the help of an old flame, Mick must penetrate the bizarre Shapply family - the icy matriarch Alicia, the disturbed daughter Amber and ...

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Overview

Congressman Shapply, a former music insider who now leads the crusade against offensive lyrics in rap songs, is attacked and murdered in from of his Washington D.C. home. His son Nick is arrested and charged with murder. For veteran music journalist Mick Sever, covering this case is personal. Sever, best friend of the accused killer, believes his friend's claims of innocence. With the help of an old flame, Mick must penetrate the bizarre Shapply family - the icy matriarch Alicia, the disturbed daughter Amber and the religious brother-in-law - to find the truth. The investigation will take Mick from the halls of the Capital to the beaches of Barbados. Threatened by unknown assailants and dangers at every turn, Mick becomes the hunted as killer turns the tables in a stunning climax.

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Publishers Weekly
As in Bruns's mystery debut, Jamaica Blue (2002), music journalist Mick Sever doesn't so much detect as just survive in this unconvincing tale of sex and murder with a Caribbean flavor. Robert Shapply, a born-again congressman, has turned over a new leaf and now wants to clean up the record industry by holding hearings designed to put some rappers and theirs labels out of business for good. Shortly before the hearings, someone brutally murders Shapply on the steps of his D.C. townhouse. Once friendly with Shapply and best friends with Shapply's stepson, Nick Brand, Mick soured on the duo when they left him almost bankrupt in a failed joint enterprise. Soon Nick is in jail on suspicion of murder, and an up-and-coming rapper is fingered as the hit man. Nick's imperious mother, Alicia Shapply; Alicia's brother, evangelist Joseph Evans; and Mick's ex-wife, Ginny, help liven up the proceedings, lending advice or assistance as Mick tracks the story from Washington to Florida and Barbados into the distant past. Unfortunately, the author's staccato style seems merely disjointed and the plot wanders so off key, readers will be unable to carry the tune. (Nov. 10) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Sleuthing music reporter Mick Sever (Jamaica Blue, 2002) tackles the case of the congressman who was born again too late to avoid a violent death. Most of the dialogue reveals mainly that Mick thinks he’s God’s greatest gift, but the puzzle makes more sense than in Mick’s sultry debut. Agent: Jane Chelius
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312304928
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2003
  • Series: Mick Sever Series , #2
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Bruns is a songwriter, musician, advertising executive and novelist. He and his family live in Ohio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2004

    Hip=Hop, Murder and religion

    Tock Tock, Tick tock. Like the sound of steel wheels over the gandy dancer¿s rail joints, this novel rocks along. A Congressman is dead. He wanted to attack the Hip Hop and Rap music industry. He wanted to join his brother-in-law, the Reverend Joseph Evans in an attempt to rein in bad lyrics, violent lyrics, sexual lyrics. Now the congressman¿s son, Nick, is charged with Congressman Shappley¿s brutal murder. It¿s said he¿s in it up to his elbows along with Rap star, Chilli D, who may have been the triggerman. Chilli D¿s producer, T-Beau wants to protect his investment so he calls on a music industry star, friend Mick Sever. Mick is already in Washington on the case. Tick Tock. Time is running on and readers may have the feeling they¿re on a fast train going downhill. The whistle screams and the scenery goes by in a blur, leaving out whole pieces. There are complications. Sever, whom we last saw in the author¿s debut novel, Jamaica Blue, calls in his divorced wife, Ginny to do research. Tension. Sever once had a childhood friendship with the accused Nick, the Congressman¿s son. More tension. There are other family presences, not just in D.C. Tick Tock. Sever¿s off to Florida to talk to Nick¿s sister, Amber, and then to Barbados, where old wounds still fester. Page by page Barbados Heat gathers speed. Tock tock. And just when you think you¿ve got the characters and their relationships sorted out, even with the missing bits of action, the train roars around a sharp curve and carries you off in a new direction. Author Bruns is evolving a fresh and breathless style of pell mell writing that may be a little short on detail but long on action and thrills. Tick Tock. When¿s the next one due?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2003

    A solid puzzler

    Florida Congressman Robert Shapply used to champion the rights of rappers. Now along with his wife he plans to push a ban on the violence, drugs, rape and other evils that permeate throughout the lyrics of many rap tunes. The couple plan to host hearings on violence and porn that the entertainment world nonchalantly offers our children. However, before he can begin his crusade as only a convert could, someone kills Robert just outside his DC townhouse.<P> The police arrest Robert¿s stepson Nick Brand. His childhood best friend music reporter Mick Sever, who is still angry with his buddy over an incident from a few years ago, offers to investigate when the accused persuades him that he innocent. As the inquiries take him through the nightmarish violence of rap music, the weird Shapply extended family, and ultimately Barbados, thugs try to stop Mick and a killer stalks him.<P> The who-done-it is a solid puzzler that is filled with numerous viable suspects with motives. The hero at times seems too egotistical as to his greatness, but what do you expect from a reviewer as it is easier to criticize than create. Still fans will appreciate his dogged determination to uncover the truth even if it is hard to accept a music critic as an amateur sleuth. The support cast consists of escapees from weird city, but in some strange manner enhance the story line. Fans of a different rap will enjoy BARBADOS HEAT, a solid detective tale.<P> Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2003

    Return of Mick Sever

    Mick Sever, the boxing, rock and rolling, womanizing freelance journalist from 'Jamaica Blue' is back in a new novel that hits even harder than the first one. Dead politicians, families that crawl in and out from under rocks and a combination Suge Knight-Barry Whitelike rap producer lead Mick on a twisted journey through the underbelly of both the political world and the world of modern rap-and if you think modern rap is bad, wait 'til you meet these politicians. A senator known for his aversion to rap lyrics ends up dead and his son, a producer, and a gangsta rap client take the fall. Mick,is not so sure. The senator's son was a lifelong best friend until a business deal gone wrong broke up the partnership. Now Mick is in the uinenviable position of having to prove that the man who cheated him is innocent of a crime that everyone else is convinced he commited. Once again Mick's wife takes a turn as the love interest and maybe the smarter half of the sluething duo and Bruns gets the rap thing down cold. This one will keep you turning pages way past your bedtime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2003

    Sex,drugs, rock and roll

    After reading and enjoying Jamaica Blue, Bruns' first effort, I was anxious to learn more about behind the scenes peeks of the rock and roll lifestyle. Bruns didn't disappoint. Mick Sever is a journalist with a passion to get to the bottom of a story and he does it by almost losing his life. Having traveled to Barbados,I can say his scenes are dead on. A murdered congressman, a frightful wife, an over the hill Soul Singer from the 60s and Mick's ex wife, all help bring the story to a wild conclusion as Sever tries to find the congressman's real killer. If you like tropical books with lots of action and suspense this is one to try.

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