THE DEAD PULL HITTER by Alison Gordon

THE DEAD PULL HITTER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another example of fiction following fact, with Toronto Star sportswriter Gordon creating Toronto Planet sportswriter Kate Henry covering the Toronto Titans on their charge to the pennant. The Titans are the favorites, but the Vegas betting line changes when designated hitter Sultan Sanchez and righty ace Steve Thorson are bashed to death with baseball bats. Whodunit? A souvenir glove that Sultan gave to young fan T.C. is padded with cocaine. And Thorson was dropping his agent in the middle of contract renegotiations. Also, a pair of old-timers show up, but the p.r. guy, Moose Greer, claims no knowledge of them, even though one is from his home town. Meanwhile, Staff Sergeant Munro warns Kate to stick to her reporting and keep her nose out of his detecting; but her apartment's trashed, as is her neighbors' (meaning T.C. and his mom), and she just can't stop herself from letting the murderer in for a face-to-face confrontation when he confesses to gambling debts--and to murder as a cover-up. The play-by-plays are terrific, but once away from the field, Gordon strikes out--with two-dimensional characters (except for Elwy, the attack cat) and a silly, not very convincing plot. Still, maybe the author will do better next time at bat; let's not write the rookie off yet.

Pub Date: Aug. 23rd, 1989
Publisher: St. Martin's