- Pub. Date: September 2006
- Publisher:Capital Crime Press
BABY SHARK (Baby Shark series book #1) by Robert Fate
Anthony Finalist at Bouchercon
In October 1952, late one night in a roadside pool hall out west of Abilene, a pool hustler is murdered by a gang of thugs, who then beat and sexually assault his seventeen-year-old daughter, and leave her for dead in a burning building.
But she doesn’t die, and, as a rule, in the 1950s, a good girl like Kristin Van Dijk wouldn’t admit being raped—and she’d never seek revenge for her father’s murder. But Kristin, unfortunately for the thugs, is a girl who doesn’t play by the rules.
And so begins the first book of the Baby Shark series.
“It’s just business,” Sarge, her “close work” instructor, tells her. But Kristin knows that words like business, work, and jobs are Sarge’s way of talking about killing. Albert, who teaches her about guns, says, “Stop a man,” instead of kill him.
Kristin knows what they’re teaching her to do, though no one is saying it straight out. So, she begins to see herself as an actress, a dangerous actress, full of deceit and lethal skills as she becomes Baby Shark.
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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 in Los Angeles. As a Hollywood special effects technician, he won an Academy Award for Technical Achievement. He lives in 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.
His website is www.robertfate.com.