Dead Ball

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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, New York Times Bestselling Author

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

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Dead Ball (the sequel to Sudden Death - Endorsed by John Lescroart)

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Overview

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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, New York Times Bestselling Author

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

Product Description

Michael Balkind, author of the critically acclaimed thriller Sudden Death, scores a home run in his newest book titled Dead Ball.

Murder, mystery, elite sports, guns, greed, special ops, mafia, and glamour? Dead Ball has it all! The story takes place on the hallowed grounds of AllSport, a sports facility that houses & trains inner city athletes who have shown professional potential in various sports. Before AllSport, many of these athletes lived in poverty. Many were members of street gangs. Combining these kids, the country's top professional athletes, the finest training facility in the world, and big money, makes for a combustible mix. Cutthroat tactics abound and the high-stakes world of professional sports makes for a thrilling read. A brazen murder is committed and the list of suspects with plenty of motive 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 the rules of the game are sometimes subject to dangerous interpretation. Is murder just another form of competition? Dead Ball is full-throttle action from the very first page!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451524444
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Posted October 30, 2010

    Second in the series

    Allsport is a not-for-profit sports organization run by millionaire, champion golf legend, Reid Clark to help challenged athletes find their greatness. The challenges these young people face where poverty, no education, former gang members, normally kids that would never have gotten noticed because they were not your normal, high-school or college athletes. Through the program at Allsport many of these athletes went on to either professional careers or Olympic success.
    As the book opens Reid is giving a personal tour of the facilities to the President of the United States when a body is found in the flower beds on campus. Once the President is rushed to safety the body is discovered to be that of Reid's best friend and CFO of Inner City Sports Foundation dba Allsport, Bob Thomas.
    This is the second book in a series by Balkind regarding the fictional sports campus at Allsport, the first being "Sudden Death" and once again brings us into the realm of private detective and chief of security at Allsport, Jay Scott. Scott, with the reluctant help of the local police department, takes over the investigation and along with his team of investigators, funded by the multi-millions that the foundation has raised, go into the field to chase down every lose end from the accountants that the deceased Thomas fired just days ago, to his angry wife and the stalking ex-girl-friend from a recent affair, to the members of the mob and street gang members. It appears Thomas had been involved with causing distress in many people's lives. As the alibis are met, one by one, we are led on a path that is closer to home. Could someone on the staff of the foundation, one of the trusted inner families of Allsport, have a score to settle with Thomas?
    Balkind's complex plot suddenly rushes to a climax as the bodies stack up along the way and Scott and his investigators eliminate the suspects one by one until the truth is illuminated.or is it?
    Reviewed by Mark P Sadler, author of "Blood on His Hands", for Suspense Magazine

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2011

    GOTTA READ

    THIS WAS A OK BOOK. I WOULD READ MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR. KEEP THE GOOD WORK UP.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

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    Recommended

    This is another nice, simple, light-weight mystery surrounded by lots of sports. This book picks up where "Sudden Death" leaft off and, again, nothing complicated here that makes this a thrilling page-turner with heart-pounding suspense. However, if you like sports and enjoyed the characters in "Sudden Death," you will certainly enjoy this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

    "Dead Ball" by Michael Balkind is the second in his se

    "Dead Ball" by Michael Balkind is the second in his series about golf player Reid Clark. This time round the murder happens right at the start and the victim is Bob Thomas, Reid Clark's best friend and Chief Financial Officer of The Inner City Sports Foundation and AllSport.
    During the investigation we find that the victim's life is not all what it was meant to be and the number of suspects is so big that several threads need to be followed up: The wife, his former mistress, business partners, accountants and a van that has been spotted near the crime scene. Reid assists in the investigations, which leave you guessing to the very last minute.
    This is a great whodunnit mystery, unpredictable, entertaining and fast paced. After the first instalment where we were waiting for the murder to happen throughout the book, this is an excellent counter-part / sequel and shows the author's versatility and skill. The setting at AllSport makes for a colourful setting and if you have read the first book already you will appreciate Reid Clark becoming a more positive figure, if you haven't you will still be able to appreciate the book on its own for the suspense and the great writing. A solid performance by Balkind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    The sequel to keep you wanting more!!!

    Another drive down the middle of the fairway. Though wanting to personally strangle main charactor Reid Clark in start of Sudden Death I have enjoyed the charactor maturity and the way Balkind developes his life.
    Suspenseful and daring, Michael Balkind knows how to pull me in. Cover to cover and thirsting for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Great book

    Only read the preview and got hooked by this author. Very good writer.

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  • Posted May 22, 2009

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    Dead Ball, if you're in the game - watch your back!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2010

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    A masterful performance by Balkind...

    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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