South Beach Shakedown


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About South Beach Shakedown

Someone is about to make a killing in the music industry

Why would songwriting legend Gideon Pike mysteriously disappear just when he is about to turn a 30-year career into a multi-million dollar profit? Music columnist Mick Sever is back in Don Brun’s third suspense masterpiece.

This time he’s looking for answers and his missing friend in the gritty backrooms of South Beach’s biggest nightclubs, dodging suicide speedboats and running from sniper fire. What surfaces is how the major players in the music industry are not making the headlines, they’re just pulling the strings that create them. Hit it right, and the royalties, even someone else’s  can rake in millions for the rest of your life. The key is finding Gideon before Korean mobster Jimmy Shinn does.

Jimmy is ready to cash in on the one secret that will bring Gideon to his knees and strip away what’s left of his career, his fortune, and his life. Whoever gets to Gideon first will ether save him or pull the trigger.  The deadly race is on.


"South Beach Shakedown is a glitzy high speed run from the back alleys to the burnt beaches of Miami Beach. In the hands of Don Bruns, it’s hard to tell where the terrain is most dangerous." —Michael Connelly, New York Times best-selling author

"Don Bruns has staked out his turf . . . sex, drugs, rock & roll and murder. What more could you want?" —Sue Grafton, New York Times best-selling author

"South Beach Shakedown is a spicy, skillfully written, deftly plotted look behind the glittering facade of South Florida’s high rolling recording industry. Rolling Stone-style music journalist Mick Sever makes a terrific reluctant sleuth. The best yet from Don Bruns!" —Julia Spencer-Fleming, Edgar Award-winning author

"Bruns shines when he delivers an insider’s knowledge of the rock industry and the desperation it creates in people." —South Florida Sun-Sentinel