Jenkins, author of Semi-Tough ( LJ 10/15/72), may have come up with his best sports novel yet. You Gotta Play Hurt is all about big-time sports and big-time sports reporting. Jenkins takes the reader on a fun-filled ride through a year in the life of sportswriter Jim Tom Pinch, a veteran columnist for The Sports Magazine , a national weekly in direct competition with a major rival. His job has him covering virtually every major athletic event of the year. From the Winter Olympics in February to the Cotton Bowl the following January, Pinch is at the scene reporting as only he knows how. This is a thoroughly entertaining, well-written, humorous, and detailed look at big-time sports reporting by an author who really knows his stuff. Highly recommended for all major fiction collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/91 as You Gotta Play Here .--Ed.-- Jeffrey Nicholas, V.A. Medical Ctr. Lib. Svce., Castle Point, N.Y.