Books by Pat Jordan

Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"The silly, weightless intrigue is only an excuse for an endless round of fantasy scenes in which females with silicon enhancements and without underwear, supplemented by equally enthusiastic gay supporting players, are constantly sinking to their knees in homage to His Majesty."
Operating under still another name, that naughty 48-year-old Sheila Ryan (A.K.A. Sheila Doyle, 2002) continues to fuel the same adolescent fantasies. Read full book review >
A.K.A. SHEILA DOYLE by Pat Jordan
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Still, you've got to have a warm spot for a thriller in which virtually everybody but the dog has at least one alias."
Once upon a time, Sheila Ryan was an aspiring actress—all right, her experience was limited to a single adult film—and acting teacher. On the day her friends take her to a Fort Lauderdale strip club to celebrate her divorce from Scott McKenzie, Esq., though, one of the male dancers catches her eye, and vice versa. Next morning she wakes up in bed with Robert Roberts ("Bobby Squared"), and from then on, nothing in her life is routine. When he's not honing his solo skills on the dance floor, Bobby and his partner Solomon Bilstein, a.k.a. Sol Rogers, make a living as freelance couriers of guns and money ("Drugs?" "Not if I can help it")—a profession that guarantees an eventful lifestyle for themselves, Bobby's dog Hoshi, and the newly made-over Sheila, who feels so little like the old gray Sheila that she celebrates by dubbing herself Sheila Doyle. Embroiled as innocent middlemen in a gun-selling deal between exiled Cuban gangster Juan Jose Medina and Reverend Tom Miller, or the Aryan Mountain Kirk, Bobby and Sol manage to get on Medina's bad side. But although the fearsome ganglord dedicates himself to their destruction, memoirist Jordan (A Nice Tuesday, 1999, etc.) provides only a season's worth of glamorous, fast-moving, weightless TV intrigue, TV dialogue, and cable-TV sex, all aimed squarely at the 12-to-18-year-old male demographic that doesn't read all that many novels. Read full book review >
A NICE TUESDAY by Pat Jordan
Released: June 1, 1999

Baseball serves as a secondary backdrop for this entertaining autobiographical account of a middle-aged man's pursuit of unfulfilled dreams. In the late 1950s, Jordan was a highly touted up-and-coming pitching phenom, but he managed only a few years of unsuccessful minor-league play. After leaving the sport in 1962, Jordan eventually became a freelance writer of articles and books (A False Spring, 1975, etc.), but despite his successes, he was still haunted by thoughts of what-could-have-been. Finally, at the age of 56, he returned to pitch one inning in a professional minor-league game for the Waterbury Spirit in Connecticut. While Jordan records vividly the chronology of this event and his physical and mental preparation for the challenge, the book is filled more with revelations of the author's past and with present-day anecdotes, as he tries to make sense of his life's time-worn journey. Some familiar sports names appear in the book, but it's the excellently drawn cast of colorful players in Jordan's life that dominate, including: Susan, his sensual and supportive wife; his older half-brother, George, a lawyer, whose unconditional love is mixed with wistful envy; and Brian LaBasco, the high school catcher who helps Jordan train and who reminds him of "the me I might have been." Even Jordan's pet dogs figure prominently: they teach him to love, genuinely and unabashedly. Jordan is a flawed and not particularly noble hero; in fact, his selfishness, weaknesses, and fears are revealed throughout. But this frankness is what gives overall credence to his story and ruminations, helped greatly by his skillful writing, which shifts easily from bawdy bravado to humor to insightful introspection. More a midlife coming-of-age memoir than sports book, a tale of growing older, of second chances, and of making peace with oneself. Read full book review >