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A Player to be Maimed Later by John Billheimer
Review by Sherry Lilley
Five Star Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781432827199
Date: 11 September 2013 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Sportswriter Lloyd Keaton has been asked to co-author major league baseball star (retired) Blaze Stender's biography. After all, Lloyd has been following Blaze all of Blaze's career, and they're from the same small town.

Early on in the writing process, there's a problem, and Stender fires Lloyd, and then promptly dies the next day when his boat crashes into the breakwall! Oops. Now what? Well, when Stender's widow asks Lloyd to continue with the book, continue he does.

There are, of course, a few small problems. One is the missing body. Oh, there was a body in the wreckage of the boat, but it's not Stender. So where is the dearly departed? Well, he turns up later in the book, very dead. But when did he die, and how? And what was Lanny Morton, the body found in the wreckage, doing there? He and Blaze were not friends, even though they started in baseball together, both pitchers for the same minor league team, both moving up to the majors at the same time. But Lanny didn't make it in the majors long, and he seemed to have held a grudge against Blaze Stender.

Questions, questions, questions. And answers. This entertaining book tells the story well, and answers the questions it raises. I am not a big baseball fan. And usually, I read cozies. So, this is not a cozy, and it's about baseball. And the book is very enjoyable, every last word of it, in spite of it.

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