Book Review | Beat by Stephen Jay Schwartz

Title: Beat

Author: Stephen Jay Schwartz

My Review:

Beat is a solid, fast-paced, high-energy novel.

It will shock you but, rather than making you turn away, it makes you dig in deeper.  It is not for the squeamish or the prudish.  This is a novel that explores the “dark side” without being gratuitous or voyeuristic.  It comes from deep within the belly of beast; a very real, very human (flawed, but human nonetheless) tale of degradation and depravity.

Some people try to tell stories about things they don’t know, or the segments of society that they think will titillate their readers.  Stephen Jay Schwartz, on the other hand, doesn’t so much tell a story, it oozes out of him…one dirty, sweaty page at a time.

Beat is about law enforcement and crime and violence and sex and addiction and exploitation and sex trafficking and organized crime.  It’s about so many things, and yet, not for a moment will you feel overwhelmed or confused.

Don’t misunderstand — Beat is not pornographic, or even offensive (although it is for mature readers only).  It’s just…real.  The characters, the dialogue, the plot…every element is so real, so human.  The novel flows seamlessly from scene to scene, from chapter to chapter, and you will devour page after page, not realizing how much time has passed.

Beat is a wonderful, exciting novel by an author you should keep an eye out for.  He will be entertaining readers for quite some time, if this novel is any indication.

I received a copy of this book to review but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own.


Kristin is the mom of two boys and two girls and lives outside of Philadelphia, PA. She loves to read, write, shop, and spend as much of her summer as possible at the Jersey shore!

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