ISBN: 1419619810

222 pages, Softcover

Booksurge Publishing 

If there is a tagline for Lock Tourmaline the hero of Point and Shoot, it would be “That man is an asshole!” G. D. Baum is new to the literary world and in this, his first book, he introduces us to his main character Lock. Lock is en ex-cop, turned private investigator, who luckily is also a karate expert, which almost no one seems to like.

Lock has the uncanny ability to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Mr. Baum has created an interesting book, although I am still not quite sure how to categorize it correctly. Parts of it contain the typical ex-cop turned PI jaded dialogue found in this genre of writing:

“I stood there. The smart thing would have been to come back later. But I didn’t like this creep. First he was in her life and I was not. Second, he had just closed the door in my face. And third, most importantly, he clearly had something to do with what had gone on last night”

Other parts relate to martial arts techniques, which my research shows are very accurate, no doubt a result of the authors acknowledged background in karate.

Yet another theme running though the book is a love story, when Lock is not battling the bad guys he is looking after his girlfriend who is dieing from cancer, and her 15 year old daughter.

In Point and Shoot we meet a number of highly entertaining characters. Lock’s mentor in the martial arts is an aging bouncer for a sexual bondage club with the catchy nickname of Grandfather. His ex wife is a cokehead who has connections with a New Jersey crime family. While various other less than ‘pillars of society’ round out the motley cast of characters.

At the beginning of the book we are introduced to Lock, and his not so easy life. He has recently retired from the police force in favor of opening up a couple of Karate schools, one run by Lock himself, and the other run by his Ex-cop friend Cho. Unfortunately this does not quite pay the bills. In order to make ends meet Lock also acts as a sometime bodyguard for a member of one of the shadier crime families in the area.

Lock is asked to help out in providing security for a summit between the two major crime lords in the area to discuss the turf wars. It does not take much rocket science to figure out that the meeting will end badly. One dead, and several injured later, everyone involved is screaming for retribution.

Our hero still has some Policeman in him, and decides to don his recently retired Glock Nine, and investigate. In doing so Lock stirs up a veritable vipers nest, the action is fast and furious.

If you love a good PI story, this book will be for you. I personally thought that there was maybe too much dialogue; some of the dialogue could have been better served with descriptive passages.

If you are looking for a quick, fun read, try Point and Shoot. This is a very popular genre of writing and I am sure that Point and Shoot will do well.

Simon Barrett

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