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Agreeing to investigate allegations that a baseball superstar for the Chicago Cubs has developed a gambling problem, former sportswriter Jimmy Drover learns that several people stand to benefit from the athlete's downfall--or death. Reprint.
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Reformed womanizer Homer White, an aging, rehabbing slugger for the Chicago Cubs, has fallen in love with his physical therapist. Homer wants to be traded to an American League team so he can save his bad legs some wear and tear by becoming a designated hitter. But the trade isn't happening, maybe because the Cubs' general manager has a grudge against Homer, maybe because an American League owner lives with Homer's ex-wife, and maybe because someone is circulating betting slips with Homer's name on them. Ex-sportswriter Jimmy Drover, who ekes out a living writing sports books and running errands for a Vegas bookmaker, is drawn into the matter to verify the gambling rumors; if Homer is dirty, Vegas wants to know. Sensing a kinship with the struggling player, Drover presses on to the point where his own life is in danger. This third Drover novel finds Granger--the author of the November Man espionage series--hitting his stride. Drover has become a multidimensional character, and the book's ambience is superb. There is absolutely no one writing today who captures Chicago better than Bill Granger. Wes LukowskyFrom Kirkus Reviews:
Granger's third novel about Jimmy Drover (Drover and the Zebras, 1992), ex-sportswriter turned investigator for a Vegas sports oddsmaker, throws its protagonist into the world of major league baseball. Drover is in Seattle when some muscle from Vegas insists that he look into the gambling habits of Homer White, an aging Cubs outfielder and an old nemesis of Drover's. Then White's ex-wife asks Drover to help get her former hubby traded to Seattle so that he can take advantage of the designated hitter rule to extend his career. But she has ties to a mobbed-up construction magnate with a piece of the Mariners. In short order, Drover finds himself wire-tapped by the feds, slapped, kicked, threatened, and finally shot at. In spite of some snappy writing, Granger's latest is more than a little too elaborate, although it does move at a pretty good clip. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Avon Books, 1995. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110380719096
Book Description Avon Books, 1995. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0380719096
Book Description Avon Books, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0380719096