Lethal Play

Lethal Play

by Loretta Giacoletto


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ISBN-13: 9781538070611
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Loretta Giacoletto has been named a finalist in the 2015 and 2014 "Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project." She divides her time between the St. Louis Metropolitan area and Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks where she concentrates on writing fiction while her husband cruises the waters for bass and crappie. An avid traveler, she has visited numerous countries in Europe and Asia but Italy remains her favorite, especially the area from where her family originates: the Piedmont region near the Italian alps.

Loretta's novels are filled with bawdy characters caught up in problems they must take responsibility for having created. In LETHAL PLAY a grieving widow is suspected of killing her son's coach, a man with more enemies than friends. FAMILY DECEPTIONS follows two generations of earthy characters who learn to thrive and/or survive through a series of misdeeds, the worst against those they love the most. FREE DANNER features a cynical young man whose troubled past and deadly encounters hinder his search for the father he has yet to meet.

In addition to the horror anthologies, Damned in Dixie and Hell in the Heartland, Loretta's short stories have appeared in a number of publications including The MacGuffin, Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, The Scruffy Dog Review, Allegory and Literary Mama, which nominated her story "Tom" for Dzanc's 2010 Best of The Web.

For more on Loretta Giacoletto, check out her blog, Loretta on Life:

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Lethal Play 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BookScoutWF More than 1 year ago
Francesca Canelli never was the stereotypical soccer mom, even though the center of family life was son Matt's aspiration to play for the top club team in St. Louis. She had zero feel for the game and, if possible, even less interest in schmoozing with the other parents. But when Matt's soccer-nut father Ben is fatally struck by a van on an early morning jog, Francesca tries to pick up the slack, doing everything she can - and that turns out to be an outrageously big "everything" - to support her son. The team, Pegasi, is coached by Rex Meredith, and no more loathsome individual ever walked a sideline. He uses his team's success to extort everything from medical services to appliances to sex from the soccer parents, and even players. When Rex's body is found hanging from the soccer goal crossbar, naked but for socks, not even his widow is heartbroken. Was it suicide? It's possible but unlikely. Francesca Canelli, who may have had ample reason to murder Rex, certainly couldn't have put him in that position by herself. But with an accomplice.? Disaffected players cannot be overlooked. And what about the Canelli family friend who took over the team after Meredith's death? Det. Guy Winchester and Lt. Sam Reardan, assisted by Juvenile Officer Quinella Armstrong, are on the case but seem to find no one who has a credible story. (I don't know whether Giacoletto thought through the fact that Armstrong is typically referred to by her first name, while the male detectives are identified by their last.) Eventually the case appears to be nicely wrapped up, ending a little more cleanly than one might desire. Thankfully, though, that conclusion is no more satisfying to Reardan and Winchester, so they continue to probe. Lethal Play has plenty of complexity to keep readers off-guard. Giacolleto has created characters the reader can pull for or against and also recognize. It's a good read, and we look forward to seeing other books from her. For more recommendations like Lethal Play, visit the Great Books Under $5 blog.