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A Murder Mystery with a Twist

A dying lover. A brutal murder. A New Jersey private investigator and martial arts master fights to solve both in GD Baum's Point and Shoot.

A Lock Tourmaline Private Detective Murder Mystery



Point and Shoot: A Lock Tourmaline Mystery
G.D. Baum
BookSurge (2006)
ISBN 9781419619816
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views (2/07)

PI Henry Cho needs assistance from PI Lock Tourmaline. Cho needs someone he can trust to watch his back. Cho is Susan Heung’s bodyguard and friend of Lock. Susan is the daughter of “old man Heung.” Heung is beginning to turn the family business over to his children. Susan runs the legitimate part of the business. Her brother Jason is taking over the illegal part, drugs. Cousin Bodacious is upset and wants a summit meeting. He insists that he and the “Old Man” meet and insists that Susan and Jason be included. Cho suspects that Susan is planning to assassinate Cousin Bodacious. Susan and Jason’s presence was significant.

When Cho tells Lock “No one will have a gun.” Lock decides to bring Grandfather with him. Grandfather “is the embodiment of the paradoxical truth that the greatest martial artists were so often gentle, humble men.”

Lock was beat up and picked on as a child. His father insisted he learn martial arts. Grandfather taught Tae Kwon Do. “Your ignorance breeds the fear.” “You’ll never be afraid again of anyone, even your father. You’ll respect him, but you won’t fear him.”

Susan has been grooming Cho to run for congress. She knew it would be beneficial to have connections in the Federal Government.

Lock’s lover, Janice has terminal cancer. He loves her very much and is attempting to cope with her illness and imminent death. Her daughter looks up to Lock as a daughter looks to her father. His exwife’s love beats her. The summit goes bad and “Old Man Heung” is murdered. Can life get any more complicated for Lock?

G.D Baum offers readers a winner in “Point and Shoot.” The title refers to cops doing what cops are not supposed to do, taking care of problems in an illegal way. The plot of this book is fascinating. Baum takes readers on a roller coaster ride with twists and turns along the way. From the first page I was hooked. I didn’t lay “Point and Shoot” down until the last page. When Lock describes making love to a woman with terminal cancer I found myself in tears. The tenderness with which Lock deals with his lover made me think that Baum may have suffered through such a battle. Janice is a stronger character bringing to life the plight of breast cancer patients. For me, the mystery took a back seat to this couple’s relationship. The martial arts scenes were enthralling. Lock is deadly without a gun. Well-done G.D. Baum! I highly recommend “Point and Shoot” to mystery and fiction enthusiasts.