Strike Three You're Dead by R. D. Rosen
(The Harvey Blissberg)

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A slugger struggles with an empty ballpark and a murdered teammate
The Providence Jewels, an American League expansion team, have been taking a beating all season. Worse, relief pitcher Rudy Furth has just suffered a beating of a more lethal kind—and been left to die in the clubhouse whirlpool among whispers of mob corruption and violently lovesick fans. When the police investigation stalls, veteran Providence center fielder Harvey Blissberg, who knew Furth as well as anyone, decides to play detective. While trying to keep his eye on the ball, and his head above water with the spunky, beautiful sports newscaster Mickey Slavin, Blissberg quietly stalks Furth’s killer through major-league locker rooms and the dark streets of Rhode Island’s capital city. Lots of ballplayers keep their batting averages above .300—but how many have chased a murderer at the same time?

Originally published in 1984 and winner of the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Novel, Strike Three You’re Dead, was hailed by the Denver Post as “one of the best sports detective novels of all time.”  

About R. D. Rosen

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R. D. Rosen's writing career spans mystery novels, narrative nonfiction, humor books, and television. Strike Three You're Dead, the first in Rosen's series featuring major league baseball player Harvey Blissberg, won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America in 1985. Blissberg's adventures continued in four sequels, including Fadeaway (1986) and Saturday Night Dead (1988), which drew on Rosen's stint as a writer for Saturday Night Live. Rosen's three nonfiction books include Psychobabble (1979), inspired by the term he coined, and A Buffalo in the House: The True Story of a Man, an Animal, and the American West (2007). Over the past decade, he co-created and co-wrote a bestselling series of humor books: Bad Cat, Bad Dog, Bad Baby, and Bad President.
Published March 5, 2013 by Road. 232 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Dorothy Jane Mills is a writer, editor, and sports historian who writes baseball books as Dorothy Seymour Mills, including the Oxford University Press three-volume baseball series and the excellent historical baseball mystery novel Drawing Card (McFarland, 2012), about a woman ballplayer.

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