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In a story of intrigue and murder set in the cutthroat world of college basketball, recruiters will do what is necessary to sign a potential Michael Jordan
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Scott Harrison was on Shelter Island--just off Long Island, New York--to recruit Rytis Buzelis, a young Lithuanian immigrant with world-class basketball skills and to save a faltering program or revive a dead one. At halftime of a Shelter Island game, someone shot Scott Harrison dead. Bobby Kelleher, ex-star reporter with the Washington Herald, decides to find out who killed his old friend Scott and why. Kelleher, who rode the bench at Virginia for four years, is comfortable in the basketball culture. He knows the coaches and the system, and he knows Rytis is worth millions to a program and to a shoe company represented by a guy like Miles Akley. Everybody knows Akley, moneyman for Brickley Shoes, has been on Rytis like bees on honey. Kelleher decides Akley is the most likely suspect, but the cops can't find anything to link him to the crime. Feinstein (A Good Walk Spoiled) is a great sports journalist and a competent novelist. Like Kelleher, he understands the sport and peppers his story with real-life figures. But he ultimately commits the mystery novelist's cardinal sin of slipping the killers in on the last page. Worth reading but be forewarned: the journey is more satisfying than the destination. Wes LukowskyFrom Publishers Weekly:
Sportswriter Feinstein (A Good Walk Spoiled) brings his basketball savvy to this dark portrayal of murder and rampant corruption on the college courts. When burned-out Washington, D.C., reporter Bobby Kelleher seeks rest at his boyhood home on Shelter Island, N.Y., he finds the tiny community abuzz about Rytis Buzelis, a Lithuanian immigrant who could lead his high school to a state championship. Hungry college coaches and sinister sneaker-company flacks descend on the island, angling for a piece of the future superstar. When Kelleher's friend Scott Harrison, an assistant coach at a big-time hoops college, is murdered, Kelleher connects the killing to the Buzelis recruiting frenzy. Joining forces with local reporter Tamara Mearns, Kelleher clashes with Buzelis's controlling father, his alluring supermodel sister, a bombastic sportscaster and masked thugs bent on stopping anyone who upsets their game. Although Feinstein's prose is unexceptional and some characterizations skimpy, his plotting is able and his roundball knowledge makes this effort worthy of a high seed.
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Book Description Little Brown & Co (T), 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0316277215
Book Description Little Brown & Co, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0316277215