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“Just as I thought there wasn't an original take left on the detective novel, along comes Stephen Jay Schwartz and Beat. Fast and slick, this book is a great ride!”--Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of the Harry Bosch novels
“Stephen Jay Schwartz writes with a paintbrush and expertly guides us through the gates of hell into a world where sex and violence merge into a toxic yet highly addictive alternative reality. Hayden Glass is a character we’ve not seen before, with fiendish impulses and a desperate desire to overcome his past. This is one of the most darkly sexual books I’ve ever read and I devoured it in one suspenseful sitting. Schwartz pulled me in and held me captive from beginning to end.”--Katie Arnoldi, Los Angeles Times bestselling author of Point Dume
I do plan to read "Boulevard" now that I'm a Hayden Glass fan and I hope Schwartz will continue to keep writing more.
In BEAT, we are introduced to Hayden Glass, a man who loves his job and is good at it---but like so many of us he is haunted by his shortcomings and weaknesses.
He can write gritty scenes as well as tender ones, while crafting characters that are not only believable, but sympathetic as well.
This book was fantastic. I could not decide if I admired Hayden or hated his guts until the last chapters. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Alex
I've known about Stephen Jay Schwartz's gritty detective novels for awhile now. I remember when his debut novel Boulevard was released, but somehow I've missed out until now. Read morePublished 15 months ago by BJ
Other reviewers have described the book, so I don't need to recap them. But I have to say that gritty and edgy are understatements. Read morePublished on October 6, 2011 by Andrew Peterson, author of "First to Kill"
Hayden Glass is a decorated LAPD robbery-homicide detective. He is also out on medical leave at the moment, for at least two reasons.. Read morePublished on December 20, 2010 by cait
Reading "Beat" is equal to taking a journey through a crime, through a city, through a character's soul. Set in San Francisco, Mr. Read morePublished on December 3, 2010 by Lil Gluckstern
Second in a series of police procedurals (very loosely defined) after Boulevard, this book can't truly be called "noir" as there is a semblance of hope at the end, but it's about... Read morePublished on December 1, 2010 by Eric C. Welch
Stephen Jay Schwartz's sequel to "Boulevard" is an exciting crime thriller that follows sex-addict Detective Hayden Glass into the twisted underbelly of porn, police corruption,... Read morePublished on November 23, 2010 by Michael Peeples
Beat has the makings of a typical detective novel in many ways. It has the usual ingredients, the detective of course, a complicated case and a chase with some action thrown in. Read morePublished on October 11, 2010 by VioletCrush