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Beat (Hayden Glass #2)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  83 ratings  ·  34 reviews
LAPD Robbery-Homicide Detective Hayden Glass has always had 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 addiction drags him to San Francisco and into a web of corruption and crime.

Glass's search for this woman leads him to a m
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Forge Books (first published September 1st 2010)
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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 as black as one can get.

Hayden Glass, an LAPD Robbery-Homicide detective is a sex addict. After witnessing the abduction of a hooker whom he thought liked him (he learns later what an act it was,) and with whom he thought he was in love (he has difficulty separating love from lust) he follows her abductors to San Franci
CoffeeBook Chick
Let me first say this -- you have to have thick skin to deal with this book. It's laden with sexually graphic detail and language since the primary character is a homicide detective with an addiction to sex. Generally speaking, he's not opposed to internet porn, prostitutes, and the like. (Is this a trend for what I've been reading this week...?)

Hayden Glass is an LAPD homicide detective and in the prior book, he's encountered some fairly gruesome situations in which he's looked at as a hero by
Elizabeth Barone
Jun 10, 2011 Elizabeth Barone rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of crime, thriller, and horror
Beat pulled me in and yanked me through on a ride that I couldn't get off of, even if I wanted to. The main character, Hayden, is both despicable and loveable. He has a sex addiction that has evolved from hookers to internet porn, and it rides him hard throughout the novel. Even though he is a sex addict, he falls for sex slave Cora, and vows to rescue her from her brutal captors.

I read this book in about twenty-four hours. I started it one night and put it down only to sleep, and carted it arou
Violet Crush
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. What is probably different from most detective novels is the protagonist Hayden Glass.

Hayden Glass is a LAPD detective who is currently on a leave or a forced medical leave and is undergoing therapy for sex addiction. One day, after he has been clean for around 2 months he enters a video chat room after surfing a sex sit
Lenore Webb

Well while I was reading my latest 'Beat', I have found that I am also going to give you a chance to win one of two of this book. I was taken with Hayden Glass who is not only a robbery homicide detective with the LAPD but has his own problem with trolling the internet looking for a fix for his addiction. Yes, like too many, he has fallen prey to his own job and is addicted to pornography. (Yes, you see that word here.) Like too many, this is an area that is pushed away from the surface and look
I wonder what would happen if you crossed a great crime-writer like Michael Connelly with a writer of gritty suspense movies set in the sexual underworld—something with crime and rather graphic and dark sexuality, I expect; something like Beat. I’d already read author Stephen Jay Schwartz’s short story Crossing the Line about a young LA cop assigned to vice, who learns the dark and practical way why one particular prostitute can never be arrested. When I read of Detective Hayden Glass’s sex addi ...more
I saw Schwartz at the LA Book Festival and decided to look up his books. Found "Boulevard" at the local County library and found it interesting enough to then get "Beat at my local city library (which did not have #1, very annoying.) This book continues the adventures of Hayden Glass, an LAPD detective who follows his sexual obsession form the internet to San Francisco. This book needs a suspension of disbelief as Glass is beaten, shot, beaten again. I had to skim quite a bit of the violent and ...more
John Marr
The blurb from the always excellent Michael Connelly roped me in, and my hopes were raised even higher by the impressive amount of research Schwartz did--I even know (slightly) one of his SFPD sources.

So much for research. The SFPD slang may be authentic, but the actual SF setting is poorly-realized and riddled with errors, the slavery-based sex industry model presented unrealistic and economicly unvialbe, the hero's "sex addicition" laughable, and the over-the-top action patently absurd even by
Stacy McKitrick
Better than his first book, Boulevard, and that was pretty good, too!
Intense from the get-go.
Barry Graham
This probably isn't the worst novel I've ever read, but I can't think of any that's worse. It is a pitiful mess of a book, inept in almost every way.

The author actually shows some talent for characterization, which somehow makes it even sadder that his novel is so bad. You get the sense that he might be a capable novelist 20 years from now if he works hard at it, but he has been done a serious disservice by whoever deemed his work fit for publication now.

I really can't overstate how bad this boo
Fiction State Of Mind
LAPD Robbery-Homicide Detective Hayden Glass has always had 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 addiction 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
As far as I have read, generally detectives have to be good, they can be thick-headed, full of attitude, but never have I read of a detective having sex addiction and that definitely warrants the presence of lot of sexual scenes and bad/foul language in this book. Hayden Glass is an LAPD detective who is on a forced medical leave following some real bad things he has done in the previous book, which only a few others know about. He is being treated for his sex – addiction and he is really workin ...more
Brett Starr
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.

I picked up "Beat" unexpectedly at the store about a month ago. I saw the book and just happened to flip to one of the gritty scenes in the book and I knew I wanted to read it.

Schwartz's main character LAPD robbery homicide detective Hayden Glass is one for the ages. He's likeable, but no where near flawless. Actually he's a
Not as good as Boulevard!

The dark, noir feel and Hayden Glass' internal struglle which made Boulevard interesting and unique, are here but it gets a bit muddled as the tone of the book shifts abruptly.

The most effective points are the scenes
were Hayden enters the grimey underworld of sex clubs/prostitution and
reflects on his own weaknesses and demons. The scene where he visits a "John school" and realizes he is no different than the cynical, callous men who are attending as part of their pena
Giovanni Gelati
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 a ...more
There are three types of addicts…the outer, middle and inner circles. The outer do the light stuff, more dabbing into trying things. The middle are the people do spend a little more time and money focusing on their addictions. Lastly there is the inner circle. These are the hard core people. LAPD homicide detective Hayden Glass is in the middle circle. Hayden’s addiction is sex or porn. Hayden is just about to log off his computer when he sees a link that advertisings real live women. Hayden log ...more
Stephen Schwartz's pulp novel Beat mixes the surprising nature of its explicit sexual and violent content with an ending that somehow feels too choreographed and too cinematically-minded for the rest of the book. Having creating Hayden Glass, a gritty, believable police detective with a predilection for drugs and a clinical diagnosis of sexual addiction, Schwartz sinks him headfirst into San Francisco's world of sex trafficking -- a business in which the detective has sometimes been a willing pa ...more
A nasty, gritty story of an LAPD detective with little in the way of moral foundations caught up in the West Coast sex trade. Compellingly told, but certainly not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. I will probably not be reading any more in the series.
Got the book at my company's semi-annual "Free Book Day." I really wish both Goodreads and the book itself made it more clear that this was a sequel. While not absolutely essential that you read the first book, I think things would have been clearer had I read the first book. Also, fair warning, it is extremely violent and has a lot of sex (I enjoy mysteries and thrillers and this just had more sex than the books I usually read). Good subway reading, though be prepared for some wide eyes from yo ...more
This was the first police thriller I have read in a while, and found it a refreshing and fun read. There were many, many problems with realism in the book, though, which made me think "Yeah, sure, like that would happen." Anyway, the background and theme of the book is human trafficking, a subject that should receive more attention from law enforcement and our society. So, there's that.
This is sequel to Boulevard, which I really liked. This is high-concept "homicide detective is also a sex addict" tale which leads to rescue of teenage prostitute from evil Russian thugs.

I lost interest as it moved to predictable "heroic" ending.

Warning: very explicit sex and graphic violence.

Enjoyed setting in San Francisco but there were some egrecious geographic errors (e.g. "Knob Hill", Berkeley Hills vs. Oakland Hills).
The first book I have read by this author and I have to say that I am wanting to read the first novel featuring the Hayden Glass character. [return]As some have said this book contains both violence and sex. While this didn't take away from the book, for me, it may bother some.
I won an ARC through The book Trib. This book was pretty graphic and has a lot of strong language in it. The characters are pretty believable and it is very excited thriller, just not strong enough for me to give it more than 3 stars.
Rachel Brune
Damn good, dark thriller. Probably not to everyone's taste, but I enjoyed the hell out of how it pushed the limits of the genre. Now I gotta go read the first one and wait for the third one. Get to writing, Mr. Schwartz.
Jessica B
Thoroughly enjoyed it - very dark, but complex, believable characters and I wanna read more so get busy Mr. Schwartz! Great new find thanks to twitter and tweets by independent bookstores!
Spencer Seidel
Stephen writes fast-paced gritty crime novels and has an interest protagonist: a sex-addict detective. If you like your books a little dirty and violent, given him a try!
The novel was very interesting...and very erotic. Visit my full review for it at
Hard edges, nice San Francisco locale, super hero protagonist. Major spoilers for earlier book Boulevard.
One of the better crime fiction novels I've read. Very gritty. Very real. Sex, murder and mayhem.
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STEPHEN JAY SCHWARTZ grew up in New Mexico and traveled the United States extensively before settling down in Los Angeles. There he became the Director of Development for Wolfgang Petersen, helping develop films such as Outbreak and Air Force One.
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