Dead Ball by Richard Dean Rosen
A Harvey Blissberg Mystery

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Blissberg returns to baseball to protect a player who’s on the verge of making historyFifteen years after retiring from baseball, Harvey Blissberg is suffering a bad case of what his girlfriend, Mickey Slavin, calls “sad man-ism” when the owner of his former team, the Providence Jewels, tracks him down. The team’s star, Moss Cooley, is on the verge of shattering Joe DiMaggio’s “unbreakable” fifty-six-game hitting streak. But Cooley has been receiving racist threats, such as a decapitated lawn jockey with a note reading, “escape retribution.” Would Blissberg mind playing bodyguard for a while? When Cooley’s streak ends shy of DiMaggio’s record, the threats and hate mail continue, suggesting that there’s more at stake than preserving a white man’s supreme achievement. Blissberg follows the trail of clues back into the past, and finds that Moss is not the first Cooley man to be persecuted. A determined psychopath is out for Cooley’s neck, and if he has to murder a few ex-ballplayers on the way—so be it.

About Richard Dean Rosen

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R. D. Rosen is a senior editor at Workman Publishing and the author of several books, including the Edgar Award-winning mystery "Strike Three You're Dead" and "Psychobabble" (a term he coined). His career as a humorist has spanned PBS, "Saturday Night Live", HBO, CBS, and NPR's "All Things Considered". He is the co-author of the "New York Times" bestselling books "Bad Cat, Bad Dog, Bad Baby", and "Bad President". He lives in New York City.
Published March 5, 2013 by Road. 224 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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But his outlook changes faster than a Randy Johnson slider when he gets a phone call from his old skipper Felix Shaloub telling him that Jewels owner Marshall Levy wants to hire Blissberg back—ostensibly as “motivational coach” for a team flirting with their first successful season in years, but ...

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Like a crafty pitcher keeping batters off balance, the author delivers unexpected plot twists that keep the reader guessing.

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Rosen makes the game and the people interesting and exciting again (I stopped following baseball when the Giants left New York, when it was a game and not big business as it is today.) Bits and pieces of baseball history are woven into the story as is Providence and its landmarks including Haven'...

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The villain loves the game as a safe “series of compartments, and most of all the rules of the game contain the anarchy outside the game.” Blissberg, on the other hand, sees baseball as “a stately procession of conflicts, each one a test of will, cunning, and expertise.” In the story’s conflict ...

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