BABY SHARK by Robert Fate: I understand a shark must constantly move to prevent its suffocation and that its attention span is so short that it can learn little from experience. Kristin, the Baby Shark of this book, moves a lot but she has also learned a lot and each experience leads her closer to the revenge she seeks. In October 1952, at the tender age of 17 she watched four bikers kill her pool hustler father in a Texas pool hall fight that leaves two other men dead as well. Sexually assaulted, beaten, and left for dead, she is rescued by the pool hall owner Henry Chin, a Chinese immigrant and father of one of the other murder victims. Since the local police are no help, Chin hires a private investigator to start searching for the killers. Then he hires two tutors for Kristin. Both are World War II veterans and with their help she develops into one tough package. Her uncle Harlan, a cohort of her fathers, makes sure she also shoots a mean game of stick. At eighteen the Baby Shark is ready to hunt for the killers as she hustles pool in west Texas. Her search for revenge begins on page 65 when the first of her attackers is located. Then the pace picks up. To quote Baby Shark, Revenge, they say, is best served up cold. This is the first in a projected series of novels about a teenaged woman taking up the family business pool hustling. I wish Mr. Fate well with his plans, as I think this will become a very interesting series of reads.
This is a really good book with several really good, well rounded characters. I am really looking forward to finding the other 2-3 of the series to read. Unfortunately, it is from a rather obscure publisher, so there may not be a lot of them listed very soon.
This book was interesting reading. I've been looking forward to it for quite a while. Do not hesitate to read it when you can. Kristin Van Dijk goes for revenge after a violent attack against her & others ends in the death of her father. She is ably assisted by a man whose own son was also killed.