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Baby Shark's Jugglers at the Border by Robert Fate
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PROTAGONIST: PIs Kristin Van Dijk (Baby Shark) and Otis Millett
SETTING: Texas
RATING: 3.5
SERIES: #4 of 4

You might think that when you become someone's partner, someone who at times depends on you to watch their back, that you might know everything about them. Twenty-something PI Kristin Van Dijk ("Baby Shark") is partners with a former cop named Otis Millett, and together they run the Millett Agency. He has never really mentioned much about his past. Well, that changes when they are called to the scene of a crime and he identifies one of the victims as Dixie, the wife that he hasn't seen for years. Dixie had always been a wild one; on the stripper circuit, she was known as The Dallas Firecracker. From what Baby Shark and Otis are able to piece together, with the help of Fort Worth PD detective Carl Lynch, is that she seems to have expanded her resume to include "bank robber".

As Kristin and Otis investigate her death, they find that Dixie was holding out on her bank robbing partners and had hidden the loot from their latest heist. Naturally, the bad guys are on the same trail as Kristin and Otis, leading up to some violent confrontations. Baby Shark has never been one to use finesse when a gun speaks louder; when she goes undercover, the bad guys live (or don't) to regret it when they try to knock her around.

JUGGLERS is the fourth book in the Baby Shark series, and may very well be my favorite. There was more humanity to the characters, notably Otis. Dixie had a secret that she hid from him that showed that she still loved him; it was touching. In addition, I found Baby Shark's actions to be far less over the top than in some of the previous books. But don't think that she's gone soft. The action is non-stop, and Baby Shark still kicks butt when she needs to.

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