Big City Heat: A Brack Pelton Mystery
by David Burnsworth
on Tour April 24 - May 26, 2017
Synopsis:Lowcountry bar owner and ex-Marine Brack Pelton heads to Atlanta in the wake of a panicked 3 AM phone call. A woman is missing and Brack’s friend Mutt is in danger. Brack’s old flame, investigative news correspondent Darcy Wells, now lives there and is set to marry another man. If Brack was honest with himself, and he usually wasn’t, he’d realize that the missing woman isn’t the reason for his visit. His Semper Fi buddy Mutt can handle himself just fine.
When Brack and Mutt team up to find the woman, the Atlanta underworld revolts, the two biggest players target them, and people start dying. Most people would size up the situation, call it impossible, and walk away. But most people are not Brack Pelton. Impossible situations are his specialty. He made it through Afghanistan and when the military commanders mistook suicidal tendencies for leadership qualities they promoted him. Can Brack succeed at finding the woman, protecting his friend, and winning the girl without destroying the Capital of the South? Not since Sherman’s march across Georgia has the city of Atlanta been in this much danger.
This is a shoot 'em up novel. I lost track of how many bad guys Brack killed. There is certainly more action in the novel than there is character development. Brack is a dark hero. I did not find him very likable, although he was very loyal to his friends and relentless in rescuing Cassie's sister. His background was a bit fuzzy for me. How did an ex-Marine and bar owner afford a hundred and twenty-five thousand dollar Porsche (two syllables)? And how can he kill so many people and never get arrested?
This is the third in the series but the only one I've read. There are many references to past events but not so much how all the characters came to know each other and behave the way they do. For example, the restaurants and bars and their owners were inter-related from past novels. It was difficult to keep it all straight and I felt like I was coming into an existing story. I would suggest the previous novels in the series be read before this one.
I recommend this novel to readers who like a dark hero, a man with strong loyalty to his friends but doesn't think twice about shooting a bad guy. You'll get a tour through the dark side of Atlanta, interspersed with gun fights and car chases as the body count increases.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Mystery
Published by: Henery Press
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
Number of Pages: 212
Series: A Brack Pelton Mystery Book, 3
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