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Barbados heat
Bruns, Don.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, [2003]

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302 pages ; 22 cm
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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 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.

Author Notes

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

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Booklist Review

Congressman Robert Shapply, who made his fortune in the entertainment business, is leading a congressional inquiry into rap lyrics that could severely restrict artistic expression. Prior to the start of the hearings, he is murdered on the steps of his D.C. town home. Quickly placed under arrest for the murder are his stepson, Nick Brand, himself a music impresario, and one of Brand's rapper clients. Mick Sever, the reigning king of investigative rock journalism and onetime best friend of Nick Brand, reluctantly accepts an assignment to cover the case. Sever knows something is awry when an attempt is made on his life to scare him off the story. Sever moves forward, focused on Shapply's widow, a powerful televangelist who may be appointed to fill her husband's vacant seat. The second Sever novel is an angst-filled journey through politics and the music business, a twin vortex of the rich, the talented, and those who will stop at nothing to realize their dreams of fame and influence. --Wes Lukowsky Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.