Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Burn Notice; The Bad Beat - 4th in the Burn Notice Mystery series
Author: Tod Goldberg
Release Date: July 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: TV Tie-In Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day/Miami, FL
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Tod's Website/Blog: todgoldberg.typepad.com
Burn Notice is a television series that refers to the burn notices that are sent by intelligence agencies (FBI, CIA, etc.) to cast doubt on agents who seem to be becoming unreliable. When "spies" are burned they no longer have any work history, no money and no support network which means "no identity." Michael Westen has been burned and is now living in Miami, where he is with his girlfriend, Fiona. Someone wants Michael to keep a low profile in Miami and, if he leaves the city, he will be tracked down and taken into custody. Michael wants to know why he has been burned and by whom.
He has been pulled into working as an unlicensed private investigator for ordinary citizens to also look into his own situation as a blacklisted agent. This newest book The Bad Beat, is the latest in a series about Michael's search for his own identity.
Michael's newest client is Brent Grayson. Brent is aware that the most valuable thing on earth at the moment is not gold and silver but computer technology. Recently, Brent started a company Web site with the promise of expanding technology with no extra hardware. Unfortunately, the company does not exist, nor the product and most of all Brent is a 19-year-old college kid without a job but, full of the world of computers.
When Brent's father is taken by loan sharks, Brent has no choice but to sell his company. Michael is asked to find Brent's father and deal with the businessmen who seem to see all takeovers as an opportunity to be hostile. This book takes you to the world of Miami's low life and lush life while taking the reader through the drug and arms dealing underworld.
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