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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation; Advance copy edition (1999)
  • ASIN: B001T62YJY
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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A great story with an important subject.
Tyler Fish
I could almost hear Cool Papa Bell sliding into the base after reading this book.
Perry Dugger
This book kept my attention and I could hardly put it down!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kent Braithwaite on July 2, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Being a mystery writer with my first novel in its initial release, I have been a great admirer of Troy Soos for years. I have been reading his Mickey Rawlings novels since the beginning, and I wrote an early critical essay about them that appeared in Mystery Reader's Journal. Since the publication of that essay, Soos has written two fresh Mickey Rawlings mysteries, and HANGING CURVE is easily the strongest in the entire series. HANGING CURVE lands Mickey, our journeyman everyman, in St. Louis where he is playing for the Browns and tangling with the KKK. He's attempting to solve a murder, a lynching, amid the racial turmoil of the Roaring Twenties in America's Midwest. As always, the mystery elements of these books are terrific. Another crucial element of these novels is the historical backdrop that Soos paints with his words. His history is painstakingly researched and utterly accurate. In HANGING CURVE, Soos presents an era with social problems of which many people may be unaware. On all levels, HANGING CURVE is the best mystery Troy Soos has written so far. Great book, whether or not you love baseball (as you should).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew N. Kaufman (matkaufman@aol.com) on November 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Troy Soos has created a character the we all dream of being. Who among us has not dreamed of being a professional baseball player, who can solve crimes at the same time.
Troy's Mickey Rawling's murder mystery series gives the reader an historical backdrop in which a "utility" infielder gets himself into the most unique scenarios.
In Hanging Curve Mickey once again solves the crime, saves his neck and gets the girl, while at the same going against the baseball establishment and sticking to his true beliefs.
Maybe someday Mickey will hit .300 and play in a world series but until that time we can still be amazed at his place hitting crime solving skills.
Thanks again Troy for hitting a homerun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Perry Dugger on May 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Great Read! Troy Soos has hit another home run in this Mickey Rawlings mystery. Nobody combines baseball and mystery like Troy Soos. You will look at Negro League Baseball with new respect after reading Hanging Curve. I love the way Soos mixes real and fictional characters. I could almost hear Cool Papa Bell sliding into the base after reading this book. Educational and entertaining, what more do you want from a book?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "gjhuff" on November 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book more for its insights into 1920's St. Louis society and baseball, rather than the mystery and romantic aspects. The old Browns were a rather sad lot, even in the 20's when they had good teams. I'd like to see Mickey play with the Phillies or Athletics or Indians in the near future. Keep it up Troy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. K. Rosenblum on May 16, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Troy Soos had me hooked with Murder at Ebbetts Field. Having been a former ballplayer myself, I was able to live vicariously through Mickey Rawlings. Soos' writing style transports you back to the days when baseball was a game and you played for the love of it. Hanging Curve is as gripping as any mystery I've ever read. Combined with Soos' historical accounts, I swear I felt like I was watching him from the stands at Sportsman's Park. Mickey Rawlings takes the reader on every adventure, like you're helping him solve the crime. It took me two nights to read this book -- I couldn't put it down until I found out "who-done-it." The bigger mystery to me is when Mickey will get his chance to play in the Series and, more importantly, when will he finally say his "I do's" with Margie???
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JAY B CRISS on January 16, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love a good mystery. I also love the game of baseball and I am a history buff. This book was a three in one pleasure for me. It combines all three of these subjects in a flowing style that is a joy to read. Not only does it bring to life the baseball heros that we never got the chance to see, but it also gives us an idea of what it was like to live in those times. Do yourself a favor and read this book it is like taking a trip in a time machine.
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