The Ringer by Bill Scheft

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Morton Martin Spell -- a once-brilliant, now-infirm seventy-five-year-old writer -- is sliding into delirium. He thinks Mount Sinai Hospital is an exclusive golf course and his catheter is a gym bag. His only link to reality is his thirty-five-year-old nephew, who makes his living as a hired gun for thirteen softball teams and still goes by the name College Boy.

But College Boy's body has begun to betray him -- almost as much as his lack of ambition. (His only legitimate paycheck comes from a gig as a laugher on a morning radio show.) Not only that, the Dirt King, a small-time gangster who controls all the replacement soil in Central Park, is after College Boy. As their lives collide, College Boy takes refuge in the arms of Sheila -- his uncle's cleaning woman and a part-time call girl.

And then it gets weird.


About Bill Scheft

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Bill Scheft is the author of "The Ringer" and "The Best of the Show: A Classic Collection of Wit and Wisdom". He spent eleven years as head monologue writer for David Letterman. He lives in New York City.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 260 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Bill Scheft, a longtime monologue writer for David Letterman and newly anointed SPORTS ILLUSTRATED columnist, combines the two callings in his winning debut novel The Ringer (HarperCollins, $23.95).

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