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Now 21, Baby Shark, Kristin Van Dur, has accepted Otis Millett’s invitation to join his firm and learn to be a PI. Busy rounding up a runaway teenage oil heiress, and Kristen finds bodies piling up and that some bad boys want her dead. Add a romantic police detective trying to win her heart, and the knife fight, the murder of two gangsters. Then she steals $100,000 by mistake, gets involved with three hardcore gangsters, trades blackmail photography for information, and, understandably, goes on the run. There are a dozen ways her life can turn unholy awful, but Kristin’s instinct to survive keeps her alive as a gang of Beaumont mobsters hunts her down.
In a roadside pool hall out west of Abilene, Kristin Van Dijk, 17, is forced by four thugs to watch the murder of three men, including her pool hustler father. She’s assaulted and beaten and left for dead as Henry Chin, a Chinese immigrant whose grown son was one of those murdered, saves her and secretly helps her recover. Because the local police show no interest in solving the pool hall crime, Henry hires a private investigator more set on justice than law to start a search for the nomadic killers. Then Henry hires two vets to teach Kristin how to protect herself. She develops into one tough package of trouble as she also perfects her pool. At eighteen, she looks for the thugs as she hustles pool in west Texas and earns the nickname Baby Shark. Revenge is difficult, but satisfying.
Wonderfully drawn characters… as stark and beautiful as the Texas landscape from which they sprang.—Billy Hayes, Midnight…[more]