The Screwball King Murder [NOOK Book]

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Big, brash, good-looking Hondo Kenyon is one of the Los Angeles Dodgers' best pitchers, a southpaw screwballer with the necessary skills and fastball to keep the opposition from tearing his head off, and the team is counting on the ex-small town Pennsylvania boy for help in their pennant run. On the other hand, Kenyon rates as a screwball in more ways than one. He has a long track record as a scoring jock with the ladies and his antics on or off the field are flamboyant and daffy, executed with lunatic fervor, ...

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The Screwball King Murder

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Overview

Big, brash, good-looking Hondo Kenyon is one of the Los Angeles Dodgers' best pitchers, a southpaw screwballer with the necessary skills and fastball to keep the opposition from tearing his head off, and the team is counting on the ex-small town Pennsylvania boy for help in their pennant run. On the other hand, Kenyon rates as a screwball in more ways than one. He has a long track record as a scoring jock with the ladies and his antics on or off the field are flamboyant and daffy, executed with lunatic fervor, sometimes funny of bordering on the ludicrous, always certain of coverage by the media.

With a reputation like that, it's no big surprise to a lot of people when Hondo turns up dead in the electrically charged water of a condominium swimming pool. Slip Masters, the team's public relations man, calls on his private investigator friend Max Roper to look into the case and find out for sure whether it was a legit accident or perhaps a crafty and ingenious murder. The Los Angeles cops have crossed off Hondo's death as a weird accident, but Slip isn't so sure. Neither is Max Roper, especially when he gets in closer and starts kicking things around and his investigations turn up some odd circumstances and a string of other murders. As Detective Lieutenant Camino of Homicide says, "On a Roper case they die on the hour, like flies. Death follows Max like a plague."

Roper has plenty of leads to follow: disgruntled ballplayers, jealous boyfriends, discarded lovers, the dead man's new-breed agent, a psychiatrist, a pool-maintenance person, a hippie plastic surgeon, condominium neighbors, some gangland types, a rock musician and a pineapple heiress ex-wife, among others. His travels take him from the baseball locker room to the seedy areas of Venice, a factory turned nightclub, exclusive watering holes, a chic tennis club, a new high-rise office complex-in short, a cross section of Los Angeles. Along the way to solving the case, Roper get shot at, arrested, beaten up, held at gunpoint and hit over the head, not necessarily in that order.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440540493
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 2/15/2012
  • Series: Prologue Books
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 563,433
  • File size: 416 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Enjoyed

    This was a good "who done it". I like these short books. I like to read them all in one sitting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Fun mystery

    It's 70's noir and reminded me of Fletch. Action, bumor and snappy dialog.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Story that fits together and moves along

    This is carved from the hard-bitten detective genre, and a decent example. The protagonist is intelligent enough, active, and has just about the right amount of angst to make him a rounded character. The plot is reasonable enough (although there are a few bodies dropping that didn't really need to drop, it seems), and the resolution was consistent.
    Nothing that will stick with you for very long, but a fine read if you go for that kind of story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Quick, easy read

    This was kinda fun to read. Short - less than 200 pages. Set in the 1970s. Not the best storyline but still entertaining. The conversations are hilarious - everyone has a snappy comeback.

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