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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pero Thrillers (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563154048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563154041
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,963,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Listen up, sports and mystery fans! Buy DEAD BALL right now.  Remember "Bo Knows Sports"? They should update it to "Balkind knows sports (and mysteries too)." --John Lescroart

You like golf, you like murder mysteries, then Sudden Death is your book! --James Patterson

Pure fun, pure intrigue. The action never stops until a fascinating climax! --Clive Cussler

From the Author

"...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
Dead Ball
Gold Medal Threat
The Fix (in editing - co-authored with NBC Sports & Golf Channel Host, Ryan Burr) 
Stealing Gold (in the works)
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

I read this book because of the star ratings but was sorely disappointed.
Benjamin Martinez
Michael writes a very entertaining and interesting story full of suspense and great characters.
LuAnn Justus
I also agree that this book reads like it was written by a middle or high school student.
DeeDee Brown

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Certd on August 18, 2011
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I read this book in 2 days. It's not that I was on the edge of my seat, it is because I kept waiting for something to happen. if I wasn't a golfer, I would have bailed. it is not suspenseful in the least. Nothing happened, no twists. Actually it felt like it was written by a high school student taking their first journalism class. Glad it was a free download.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jolleyballer on November 14, 2011
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I hope Michael Balkind plays golf better than he writes about it. This is undoubtedly the worst novel I have ever suffered through. I stuck with it because I kept hoping something interesting or intriguing might happen. No such luck. I always give an author a fighting chance to please me. That's why I read on. But by the end of the second chapter of this book I realized that what I was reading was nothing more than the journal of a very shallow human being who is totally dedicated to opulence and greed. The dialogue is gratuitous and phony. The occasional attempt at humour is contrived and falls flat. The plot line is weak and is nothing more than an excuse for this pretentious journey through the land of the rich and famous. Reid Clark is a terribly unlikeable human being and his supporting cast is...well....we never really get to know any of them because the entire focus is on this jerk. All in all a very poor attempt at a mystery thriller and an even worse attempt at a golf story. Better luck next time Michael.
Jolleyballer
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By conlawlady on January 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you are an avid golf fan, then this book may be able to hold your interest. However, if you are a fan of fast moving suspense novels, this book is definitely not for you. The author tries to hold the reader's attention with allusions to death threats in the early pages, but this novel staggers through its first half barely developing the characters. If by the end of the second chapter you don't understand that the main character is a conceited jerk that many people would like to see dead, it's probably because you've fallen asleep due to boredom. Likewise, an entire two chapters dedicated to a golf match is where you'll find yourself skipping blocks of pages or popping a couple of No-Doz. Apparently someone told the author he needed to add imagery to his novel which he did at the expense of any sort of plot development for the first half of the novel. The rest of the novel has to rush to make up for the over-inflated early pages of the book and it just doesn't do the job. I read this because it was "endorsed" by James Patterson, that is a mistake I will never make again.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By tonydchris on March 23, 2011
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Unfortunately, all you reviewers who rated this book one star (hated it) got it right. Was this really a murder mystery without a murder? Potential readers should be alerted that a lot of something was missing. And this book had the potential to be a good story. Golf, murder, detectives, love. I found myself skimming through pages of trivia to find the story. It failed. I cannot believe that James Patterson actually read this book and endorsed it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 27, 2012
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Ow. I finished it only because I was trying to figure out what genre it was. I never did. I think Romance was the closest I could come to categorizing it. If you like golf, you might find something in it to interest you, but it sure won't be the plot. Lame suspense. Absolutely NO mystery. There were so many cliches in it that it went beyond funny into painful. Really offensive treatment of female characters. I mean REALLY offensive. And I'm a guy. This was like 50's sexism. Massage Therapists and Flight Attendants jumping this guys bones with absolutely no development of the situation. Gratuitous and insulting to those professions. And like I said- so 50's. The bad part of the 50s. I skimmed the last third of the book to finish it and regretted it. It was free and I still felt ripped off. Don't bother downloading it-- and if you find it in hard print-- burn it.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Paula Buermele on April 11, 2008
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"Saturday was an exquisite day. A deep blue sky was dotted with just enough cottony clouds to give periodic relief from the intense sun. The air was balmy and as expected, the crowds overflowed the fairways." Descriptions like this put the reader right into the context of Balkind's story about a pro golfer playing through a personal threat on his life. Told in a play-by-play style, "Sudden Death" is rich with detail. Each day is rooted in a solid foundation of narrative and top-dressed with believable dialogue.

Reid Clark, the main character, lives the somewhat stereotypical life of the sports star and he treats the supporting cast of characters thoroughly and delightfully throughout the novel. One entertaining example describes Reid lavishing all-you-can-spend shopping trips on his sisters and another illustrates the family's enjoyment of one another as they spend time together between the Master's tournament and the contest laced with the threat on Reid's life.

The security detail embedded with Reid as he goes about practicing and playing serves as a counterweight to the family-and-friends scenes. They, along with the wide range of emotions experienced by Reid as the tension builds, remind the reader that having superior skills and worldly success are no guarantee of sustaining a peaceful state of mind. Balkind does a good job of gradually building the mystery and suspense throughout the story: "As much as he had tried, Reid couldn't concentrate on the movie. He was upset and annoyed. Why had it taken a death threat to get him to spend time with the people he loved? Was someone really going to take all this away from him?"

Adding another layer of interest to the story is a scene where Reid films an endorsement commercial for a golf ball company.
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