South Beach Shakedown by Don Bruns Named Finalist in Benjamin Franklin Awards

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South Beach Shakedown named one of three finalists in the mystery/suspense category of the Benjamin Franklin Award.

South Beach Shakedown by Don Bruns has been named one of three finalists in the mystery/suspense category of the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Awards ™ competition.

Named in honor of America's most cherished publisher/printer, the Benjamin Franklin Awards™ recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Publications, grouped by genre, are judged on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field. This year's awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2007, at the Park Central in New York at 870 Seventh Avenue at 56th Street.

Published by Oceanview Publishing, South Beach Shakedown is the third release in Bruns' music murder mystery series featuring rock and roll journalist Mick Sever. Heralded by BookPage magazine as what "may be this season's quintessential suspense read," South Beach Shakedown won top honors in the mystery/suspense category of the "Best Books 2006" awards, sponsored by USA Book News, and was named a finalist in the mystery/suspense category of the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards.

In South Beach Shakedown, (Oceanview Publishing, 1-933515-02-3,$24.95) someone is about to make a killing in the music industry. Why would songwriting legend Gideon Pike mysteriously disappear when he is about to turn his 30-year career into a multi-million dollar profit? Back and looking for answers, Mick Sever lands in the middle of a Miami music murder mystery. Drawing on his insider's view of the music industry, Bruns skillfully and seamlessly weaves an intriguing tale of what's really behind the music.

Don Bruns is a musician, advertising executive and award-winning novelist who divides his time between Ohio and Florida. His next book, Stuff to Die For will be released by Oceanview on September 1, 2007.

Oceanview Publishing is an independent publisher based in Massachusetts. In addition to South Beach Shakedown and the forthcoming Stuff to Die For, Oceanview's titles include: Shadow of Death by Patricia Gussin, The Perfect Assassin by Ward Larsen, Death Angel by Martha Powers, Trash Talk by Bob Gussin, Ladykiller by Lawrence Light and Meredith Anthony, as well as the forthcoming The Castro Gene (May 15) by international bestselling author Todd Buchholz, A Grave Breach (October 1) by James Macomber, Egrets to the Flames (November 1) by Barbara Anton, and Twisted Justice (December 1) as well as a trade paper edition of Shadow of Death (December 1) both by Patricia Gussin.

South Beach Shakedown is available in better bookstores nationwide. Members of the news media wishing to request a review copy of South Beach Shakedown, or an interview with Don Bruns are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone - (615) 297-9875, or by email - maryglenn(at)


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