- Series: Deadly Sports Mystery
- Paperback: 226 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781451524444
- ISBN-13: 978-1451524444
- ASIN: 1451524447
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,688,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dead Ball (Deadly Sports Mystery) Paperback – April 15, 2010
"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
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
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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As to the book, ,I didn't get to know any particular characters nor did the detective work by the private security agency to which the local police surrendered their authorit,y endear them to me. Their technique of investigation appeared to consist of getting warrants from apparently docile judges and then pushing everyone around, including use of physical abuse, with the object of putting the fear of God into them. The final resolution had nothing to do with their efforts but were rather the by-product of incredibly faulty airport security. Frankly, I could work up little interest in any of the key characters but tended to be more sympathetic to their victims rather than to them, the investigators. Oh, yes, I wonder how on earth the District Attorneys office will ever get a conviction, when the Defense brings forward the sworn testimony of the medical technician as to how the " confession" was elicited....not in any New York State Court.
Despite my personal reactions, I think most readers of police procedurals will find this OK reading.
Dead Ball is a well-plotted whodunit that incorporates hi-tech, crime-solving methods with the world of sport. I loved the concept of Allsport itself, and the fast-paced competency of Jay Scott's investigative team. I doubt many police forces would be that obliging to a PI in real life, but it was fun to read. What's really intrigued me is the concept of a mega sports complex designed to train high level athletes in nearly every sport imaginable. By doing this, author Michael Balkind has created wonderful opportunities for more stories, and I look forward to reading them.
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.