I have to say this was a tough one for me. I am giving this 4 out 5 stars for a number of good reasons. The biggest one is that Stephen jay Schwartz knows how to write a taunt thriller. Here is the synopsis of the
novel: ”LAPD robbery-homicide detective Hayden Glass has trouble controlling
his urges. No longer trolling the streets looking for working girls, he has a
new obsession-the internet. Infatuated with a woman he finds on a website,
Hayden Glass’s sex addition drags him to San Francisco and into a web of
corruption and crime.

Glass’s search for this woman leads him to a massive sex slave trade run by the Russian mafia and protected by a group of powerful and corrupt San Francisco cops. Glass gets co-opted by the FBI to aid in their
investigation… but his presence is doing much more harm than good.”

Here is the issue for me with the one star; the content for me is just a little out there. I understand the character needs to have some type of fatal flaw or he would be just to perfect a character, but the nature
of his addition just rubs me the wrong way a bit. The thing for me that pushes
all that aside and makes the novel worth the read is Schwartz’s ability to put
together a really good crime story, and make that the focus of the novel with
his sexual proclivity being the undercurrent. I am not that naive to think that
people don’t have their proclivities, I am happily married with eight wonderful
children, people say we have proclivities. But I digress, you get the point, or
at least I hope that you do as I dance around my uncomfortable feelings about
Hayden Glass’s addictions.

When you boil down Beat and you remove the characters issues, you have a very good crime novel, filled with action and raw emotion that resonates throughout. For me it came down to a line from the movie Happy Gilmore,
“block out the bad, in with the good.” I think if you want to ride the bull
after reading this novel, do so with the knowledge that Stephen Jay Schwartz
has given his character a twisted, bent, addiction and I mean this in a very
nice way. Don’t pass this novel by. If you are a fan of this genre, pick it up
and go for the ride.

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