Murder at Wrigley Field (Mickey Rawlings Series #3)

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The year is 1918, the place, the North Side of Chicago. Starting for the first-place Cubs and hitting a career high of .274, for the first time in his life, Mickey Rawlings is feeling comfortable enough to buy furniture. But it is a time of mixed blessings; ominous battles are brewing at home and abroad. On the homefront, Major League baseball may be suspended for the duration of the war, anti-German sentiment is running high, and Mickey's best friend—a rookie named Willie Kaiser—has just been shot right on the ...

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The year is 1918, the place, the North Side of Chicago. Starting for the first-place Cubs and hitting a career high of .274, for the first time in his life, Mickey Rawlings is feeling comfortable enough to buy furniture. But it is a time of mixed blessings; ominous battles are brewing at home and abroad. On the homefront, Major League baseball may be suspended for the duration of the war, anti-German sentiment is running high, and Mickey's best friend—a rookie named Willie Kaiser—has just been shot right on the diamond. Mickey doesn't buy the official explanation of "accidental death from a stray bullet." To him it is beginning to smell like murder. Mickey's search for answers takes him from silent movies to speakeasies to the stockyards. Troy Soos is celebrated for his skill in recreating an old-time baseball atmosphere and unforgettable real-life characters, and Johnny Heller, as Mickey, captures all the colorful detail.

The year is 1918, a time of mixed blessings for Mickey Rawlings--he's starting for the Cubs and his hitting is at a career high; but his best friend, a rookie named Willie Kaiser, has just been murdered. Now, Mickey's search for answers will take him much further afield than he ever dreamed he'd go--as a ballplayer and as a man. Original.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the summer of 1918, wartime fever grips Chicago, rendering even pretzels and dachshunds verboten. Mickey Rawlings, journeyman second baseman and hero of Soos's last two mysteries (Murder at Fenway Park and Murder at Ebbets Fields) has a new shortstop to work with, Willie Kaiser. With a name like Kaiser, Willie is not the most popular guy in Chicago. On July 4th, while marching in a patriotic parade at Cubs Park (it would not be named Wrigley Field until 1926), Kaiser is fatally shot. Rawlings is determined to find out who did it. Among his suspects are the shortstop who lost his job to Willie; the Patriotic Knights of Liberty, an anti-German vigilante group; and Bennett Harrington, a part owner of the Cubs who would like to be the boss. Learning that Kaiser had worked in Harrington's war plant, Rawlings takes a job there to snoop. His life is endangered by an explosion set up by the plant's security chief, who belongs to the Patriotic Knights. When the security chief's body is found in the Chicago River, Rawlings wonders if he's the next target. Along with a first rate wartime Chicago atmosphere, Soos gives us cameo appearances by such baseball legends as Shoeless Joe Jackson and Bonehead Fred Merkle. Although this tale is slower paced than earlier stories, Rawlings still turns double plays and solves murders with equal grace. (Apr.)
Library Journal
This even-tempered Chicago mystery takes place in 1918, when army enlistments depleted the ranks of the Cubs. With someone capitalizing on anti-German sentiments by sabotaging several Cubs games, part-owner Charles Weeghman asks second baseman Mickey Rawlings to find the guilty party. After his best friend, Willie Kaiser, is murdered in the crowded Cubs ballpark, Rawlings sets out to find the killer. Low-key antics, attention to period detail, and subtle plot interweavings underscore this solid, simple work.
Kirkus Reviews
Summer, 1918. Anti-German fever runs high, even on the baseball diamond, where Mickey Rawlings is toiling as the Chicago Cubs' second baseman, part of a sweet double-play combination that's broken up when rookie shortstop Willie Kaiser, whose name never gets into the papers no matter how slick his glove, is shot in the middle of a Fourth of July maneuver on the field. An accidentally discharged weapon? A moment of kraut-killing madness? Willie's kid sister Edna Chapman, who's too nice to have much to say for herself, doesn't think so, and neither does Mickey. Moonlighting his way into Willie's old job at Bennett Harrington's Dearborn Fuel Company, and cozying up to Dearborn security guard Curly Neeman's buddies in the Patriotic Knights of Liberty, Mickey convinces himself that Willie's shooting is linked to a fierce struggle for power in the major leagues, and maybe even to a treasonable secret somebody would kill to protect. But how can Mickey—who can't even find his own missing hot-water heater—make a case when everybody he can tie in to Willie's murder ends up dead?

Compensating for the subpar mystery, Mickey's third (Murder at Ebbets Field, 1995, etc.) is Soos's quietly effective portrait of wartime Chicago in the throes of painful German-baiting and on the verge of Prohibition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758287410
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Series: Mickey Rawlings Series , #3
  • Sales rank: 360,912
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Insight into the homeside state of affairs during WWI.

    This mystery not only provided great puzzle solving mysteries, it gave some insight into the state of affairs in the U.S. during WWI. Something we don't get much of nowadays. Interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2001

    Great Book with Exciting Twist

    This book kept me interested from cover to cover. Haven't read this good of a book in a long time. Highly recommended for baseball enthusiasts, mystery lovers, or for someone wanting to read a great novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2000

    TRULY A MYSTERY.....UNTIL THE END

    I FINSHED THE BOOK A WEEK AGO AND I WOULD SAY READ IT. TROY DOES A GREAT JOB MIXING THE MURDER-MYSTERY-BASEBALL ETHIC INTO A SHORT 298 PAGE BOOK.

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