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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: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,303,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I downloaded this book free as part of the Authors Fathers day giveaway on Amazon. I hardly ever read two books by one author in quick succession. This is the exception, I read Dead Ball within minutes after I read Sudden Death. It was fun, Dead Ball takes us two years in the future and this time the characters that is most explored are those of the PI's, all special ops trained men. I loved this. No really mega big fight scenes. But enough so that I was appeased. The murder is right at the start of the book, the list of suspects is fun and the investigation keeps you turning page after page. At no time is it apparent who the murderer is, as a reader, you keep guessing, but until the last few pages guessing is all you would be doing. Brilliantly done! I give this book a 7 * review rating, if a book with sport as the main premise can keep me turning the pages it MUST be brilliant.
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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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Probably this book was better read than listened to; the sound was sufficiently clear and articulate to be no problem. The robot suffered the customary word-pronunciation problems to which I have become accustomed and automatically correct in my mind.
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.
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