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Dead Ball (Deadly Sports Mystery) Paperback – April 15, 2010
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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
"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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
DEAD BALL is a refreshing new thriller, blending murder, mystery, intrigue and suspense...there is something for everyone....a real page turner!
author, CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book. From start to finish it was an awesome ride! Michael is a great storyteller. The setting and the twist were fantastic!Published 4 months ago by William Brotherton
Enjoyed following the mystery. It was fun following the different leads. It took some interesting twist. Read morePublished 16 months ago by David
This is a highly impressive sequel to book 1, I was blown away by how much I have enjoyed this author's work. Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by Lauren Alumbaugh
I really did not see this one coming, and that's saying something. I can watch fifteen minutes of almost any mystery show and just about tell you whodunit. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Duncan
Could not put it down. Kept high interest going through out. Can mot wait for the next book in the series. Sudden Death is the first and a must before this book.Published on November 27, 2012 by Curt Gunnarson
I have enjoyed both of the books "Sudden Death" and now "Dead Ball" and am looking forward to the next book. Love the people in the stories. Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by Judith A. Gibson Carter
the author pulls you in immedialtely and does not let you go. i would have like the ending to be different, but then i am not the author. fun, easy quick readPublished on April 13, 2011 by BONFOGLIO
After read Sudden Death and I really enjoy it I decide to go for the second from the same author Dead Shot and thank god for this choice! Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by Marco Morissette
Golf legend, Reid Clark, is devastated by the murder of his best friend, Bob Thomas. Since Thomas was the chief financial officer of the Inner City Sports Foundation and Allsport... Read morePublished on December 12, 2010 by Debra Purdy Kong