Dirty Water: A Red Sox Mystery

Dirty Water: A Red Sox Mystery

by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, Jere Smith

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It is the summer of 2007, a couple of hours before the start of a Red Sox doubleheader. As the players congregate in the Fenway clubhouse, they hear an odd, compelling sound coming from the direction of the interview room. Turns out, someone got there before. Jason Varitek opens the door and finds an abandoned baby.
The infant is rushed to Deaconess Medical Center where the nurses name him Baby Ted Williams, what else?
Within a few days, a minor league pitcher from the Dominican with an unhittable fastball and pinpoint control goes missing. His agent is being blackmailed; so what is it about the player that no one should know? Then the body of a young woman who lives in the shadow of Fenway Park turns up in the Back Bay fens. She has recently given birth.
Enter Rocky Patel, Boston Homicide Detective First Grade, ordered to connect the dots. Joining him out of left field, an anonymous Red Sox blogger who knows more than he should. His alarming blog posts and the ensuing "comments" force the investigation into a dizzying race against time.
DIRTY WATER lays bare a shocking revelation about major league baseball that manifests itself in deadly greed where money reigns and corrupts, and where innocent bystanders--the 2007 World Champion Red Sox--must rise to the heroics and strength they demonstrate on the playing field.
The story will hold you spellbound and will stay with you long after you reach the shattering conclusion. And if you're a Sox fan you'll love returning to the team that showed everyone the Sox could do it again!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151555869
Publisher: Hall of Fame Press
Publication date: 04/06/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 245
File size: 905 KB

About the Author

Mary-Ann Tirone Smith was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, and has lived in Connecticut all her life except for the two years she served as a Peace Corps volunteer on Mt. Cameroon, an active volcano rising 14,000 feet above the West African equatorial sea. She graduated from Central Connecticut State University, and spent a semester “abroad” at the East-West Center, University of Hawaii.
She has published eight novels, and collaborated on a ninth with her son, Jere Smith. Her tenth book was the memoir, GIRLS OF TENDER AGE, selected a community read by several cities and towns, and is an ongoing favorite of book discussion groups. Her novels and memoir have been reprinted in seven foreign languages, and in paperback, audio and ebook editions. Her short stories and essays have been included in several collections. She is one of one hundred writers who contributed to a collection of short-short stories, poems, script excerpts and essays: DIRTY WORDS: A LITERARY ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SEX.
Her fourth novel, MASTERS OF ILLUSION: A NOVEL OF THE GREAT CIRCUS FIRE, has been optioned for a film by Amazon Studios. The book is out of print but will be available in an e-book edition soon.
She has taught fiction writing at Fairfield University and participated at Writing Seminars throughout the country. She was guest-teacher-writer at the University of Ireland, Galway, and on the Aran Islands. She served as a judge for the Connecticut Center for the Book Awards. She was awarded the Diana Bennet Writing Fellowship at the Black Mountain Institute, UNLV, where she began work on a Civil War novel just completed: THE HONOURED GUEST: ANNE ALGER CRAVEN, WITNESS TO SUMTER, IN HER WORDS.
She is presently working on a new memoir, MY DECOLLETAGE HAS A SCAR.

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Dirty Water: A Red Sox Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
bogopea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good read by a knowledgeable Red Sox fan. Enjoyable light read.
sagustocox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mary-Ann Tirone Smith and Jere Smith's Dirty Water: A Red Sox Mystery is a unique murder mystery set against the backdrop of the 2007 Red Sox summer season. Fan favorites from Jason Veritek to David "Big Papi" Ortiz play minor to significant roles in uncovering the truth behind the death of Cinthia Sanchez, the abandonment of her child Arturo Sanchez (also known as Baby Ted Williams), and the Pestano Pipeline of illegal Cuban players making their way into Major League Baseball."Francona's door opened just as the players, like statues come to life, moved at the same time. They spread out through the clubhouse, dashed through the shower room and bathrooms, rifled through the lockers, looked in the wastebaskets, under the trainers' tables, rummaged through the equipment cases. Tito tried to make sense out of what Cochran was trying to tell him." (Page 13)Red Sox fans will love this novel, and those who read mysteries will enjoy this police procedural as well. Readers could take a few chapters to get into the novel with its story followed by blog posts and comments. What Dirty Water has that many other mystery novels don't is a true feel for the city of Boston, Fenway, its fans, and the team. Smith and Smith are third and fourth generation Red Sox fans, and their knowledge shines through in every page as readers journey with Boston Police Detective Rocky Patel and Sargeant Marty Flanagan from Boston to Los Angeles to Florida and beyond."The sun is setting. The pock-marked ground is in shadows. The rookie thinks he sees a broken line--a groove; it cuts a faint four-foot-long path across the ground. His eyes follow the groove. He can make out more bits of that groove running toward Agassiz Road. Then he follows the groove in the other direction and not only makes out yet more bits and pieces heading into the reeds, he sees a second groove parallel to the first. He blinks. He leaps to his feet shouting to the two officers on patrol who have humored his hunt for "a clue." They have actually seen far more behavior in unjaded rookies than what this guy was doing." (Page 185-6)Boston Police Detective Rocky Patel and Sargeant Marty Flanagan have different religions and methods, but each is dedicated to the job and justice. Beyond the mystery and the Red Sox trivia, Dirty Water uncovers the fear immigrants have of law enforcement authorities at the same time they struggle with the frustration of desiring justice from the same authorities. Overall, Dirty Water is a well crafted mystery, but readers may want a little more substance in terms of what motivates these characters, particularly those from immigrant families, to overcome their fears and join law enforcement.
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