Barbados Heat (Mick Sever Series #2)

Barbados Heat (Mick Sever Series #2)

by Don Bruns

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ISBN-13: 9780312304928
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/08/2003
Series: Mick Sever Series , #2
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.72(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

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

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Barbados Heat 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
jenforbus on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Barbados Heat is the second book in the Mick Sever series by Don Bruns. In this installment, Mick is headed off on a vacation when Congressman Robert Shapply is murdered. Ordinarily this probably wouldn't be a big deal to Mick Sever. But Robert Shapply also happens to be the father of Sever's former best friend AND he's the man who stole money from Sever and his former wife, Ginny. So, when Sever is offered a job to cover the story of Shapply's murder, he jumps at the chance. It doesn't take Sever long to start connecting the congressman's death to the death of a 13-year-old girl twenty years earlier, and when he does he discovers that he may have become the next murder target.As with Jamaica Blue, Barbados Heat is a look at the "ugly" side of the music business. Barbados Heat deals more with the folks behind the scenes of the music, however. And they are ugly, too. One element of this novel that really sat uncomfortably with me was the rumored "relationship" between an older man and the 13-year-old murder victim. It is regularly referred to as an "affair." However, anything sexual in nature between an adult and a 13-year-old is NOT an affair. A new character that appears in this novel is Tony Beauregard, a.k.a. T-Beau. His character, a former rapper/biker/music manager lends some additional dimension to the investigative team. Ginny Sever also returns. Together they chase down the 20-year-old murder from Washington D.C. to Sarasota, Florida to Barbados in hopes that they will find the clues to solve Shapply's present-day murder.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

Harriet Klausner