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"Listen up, sports and mystery fans! Buy Michael Balkind's Dead Ball right now.
Remember 'Bo Knows Sports?' They should update it to 'Balkind Knows Sports' (and mysteries, too.)" --John Lescroart

"Michael Balkind has "Who-Dunit" again. Dead Ball offers an intriguing look at a different side of sports." --Ralph Wimbish, New York Post Sports Editor

"In Dead Ball, golfing great Reid Clark and his inner circle try to catch a killer, and Michael Balkind turns a sports event into much more than a game." --Alan Kalter, Late Night Television Personality

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"...a refreshing new thriller,blending murder, mystery, intrigue and suspense. There is something for everyone. A real page turner!"Jeannine Reardon

"The proof of the pudding of an author is if he can expand on a character or sequel to make
us want more.I cannot wait for more adventures from Reid Clark and AllSport!!
Keep 'em coming Michael Balkind! Ellen George

"... full-throttle action from the very first page!" Rai Aren


Other books by Michael Balkind
Sudden Death
Gold Medal Threat
The Fix (in editing) (co-authored with NBC Sports & Golf Channel Host, Ryan Burr)
Stealing Gold (in the works)
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Product Details

  • Series: Deadly Sports Mystery
  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451524447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451524444
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,417,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Balkind is the author of the Deadly Sports Mysteries as well as other novels. His novels are endorsed by literary greats including James Patterson, Clive Cussler, John Feinstein, Andrew Gross, John Lescroart, Wendy Corsi Staub & Tim Green. He has appeared on ESPN's The Pulse and Sportsnet's Daily News Live and was featured on the cover of Publishers Weekly. He has co-hosted and is a regular guest on The Clubhouse radio show. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America and The Metropolitan Golf Writers Association. Balkind graduated from Syracuse University and currently resides in New York.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ellen VINE VOICE on May 17, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
Author Michael Balkind introduced us to Reid Clark, golf superstar with the attitude of a prima donna, in Sudden Death. As the book progressed, Reid transformed into a sports figure we all would love, as well as establishing Michael Balkind as one heck of an author.
His Reid Clark sequel, Dead Ball, hits it out of the park. Reid Clark's dream to have a facility where talents from all sports can converge and learn their craft has become a reality - AllSport is the best place for the best to learn.
Something terrible happens - a dead body is found on the grounds. Turns out it is Bob Thomas, Reid Clark's best friend and Chief Financial Officer of The Inner City Sports Foundation and AllSport.
Reid is devastated, but determined to find out who would kill such a good man.
With Buck, Reid's colorful agent and friend, as well as other characters from Sudden Death, the authorities and friends try to figure out why Bob Thomas was killed and dumped on AllSport grounds.
The process of the investigation proceeds in a believable fashion and will keep you guessing 'who done it'. Balkind knows how to spin a mystery.
Dead Ball's actions are nonstop. Balkind's characters are well rounded and you care for each of them and the circumstances that have occured.
Reid Clark, our hero, has grown into a man you respect and would root for on the golf course. I think I may root for him like I root for Tiger Woods!
Mr. Balkind's AllSport Complex gives a broad canvas for future adventures as AllSport deals with, well, all sports to glean many stories from.
The proof of the pudding of an author is if he can expand on a character or sequel to make us want more.
I cannot wait for more adventures from Reid Clark and AllSport!!
Keep 'em coming Michael Balkind!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rai Aren on May 18, 2009
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Where else can you find murder, mystery, elite sports, guns, greed, special ops, mafia, and glamour? Dead Ball has it all! The story takes place on the rarefied grounds of AllSport - state-of-the-art facilities that house & train top athletes in numerous sports to compete at the highest levels. It's no surprise then, that combining the world's most highly skilled and competitive athletes, with the best training facility in the world, and all of the rivers of money that follow and flow, makes for a combustible mix. Cutthroat tactics abound throughout the book, the players are many, and the high-stakes world of amateur & professional sports makes for a thrilling read. A brazen murder is committed and the list of suspects with plenty of motive and opportunity is long. Then the body count grows. The sports world is one where all kinds of people come to play, not just the athletes, and rules of the game are sometimes subject to dangerous interpretation. Is murder just another form of competition? Is it no more than a price to be paid as a means to an end? Or is it revenge? Dead Ball is full-throttle action from the very first page!

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J.R. Reardon on May 18, 2009
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Through the detail and descriptions in this book, Balkind effortlessly brings life to both characters and scenery in a way only expected of New York Times bestselling authors. Readers unknowingly become a part of the action - examining the interaction between organized crime, organized sports and the world of high finance.

DEAD BALL is a refreshing new thriller, blending murder, mystery, intrigue and suspense...there is something for everyone....a real page turner!

J.R. Reardon
author, CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Cecetka on August 21, 2010
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I didn't read the first in this series and maybe that is a prerequisite. The best I can say about this book is that the storyline was quite good which kept me reading it.

The character development was nonexistent. I don't know any more about the people in this book than I do about Aunt Mary's third cousin 4 times removed. Jake, a pro golfer and founder of this incredible sports camp for underprivileged but talented kids which hinges on the unbelievable, discovers his best friend murdered, he pulls out all of the stops to discover the murderer. As the book progresses, a discussion as to the kind of memorial Bob would like left me thinking: how do I even know that? I don't know a thing about this guy except he was married, his wife took him back after an infidelity,he was the head of accounting for the sports camp, and now he is dead.

The writing style was more like a training manual than a story. I kept expecting each sentence to begin with, "and then." The references to any sports were just that - references. Nothing in depth which was characteristic of the entire book.

Then there were the contradictory descriptions. A house was described as not being ostentatious. The next page described this same house as each guest room had its own wing.

The author has a great imagination and a good idea for a story. He just needs a lot of work on the presentation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Southworth on August 30, 2010
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Michael Balkind's second work "Dead Ball" is even more fast paced and exciting than his debut "Sudden Death". Continuing to follow the career and adventures of golf-pro Reid Clark and his manager Buck Green, Balkind weaves an intricate plot of intreague, danger and subterfuge, making for a very exciting read. This book is as diabolical as Alfred Hitchcock, as detailed and complex as Agatha Christie and as smooth as Clive Cussler. If you enjoy a good mystery/adventure, "Dead Ball" is for you!!!
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