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 Even though D.C. Diamonds star center-fielder, Russell Averick, is rolling in dough, his wife Jewel can't understand why he'd spend $15,000 for his latest bit of memorabilia--a baseball glove that once belonged, not to Hank Aaron or Josh Gibson, but to Two-Mile McLemore, who barnstormed in the Negro Leagues (if he even existed) for a bare year back in the 1930s. So it seems like a perfect revenge for Jewel to sell the glove to Anthony Graves, a rival collector who comes to the door with a cock-and-bull story about his ailing son's fondest wish and a very real $20,000. But when Jewel decides to put some extra spin on her revenge by switching gloves on Graves, she plunges herself and her friend Deanna Sweet, long-suffering wife of Diamonds second baseman Mark Sweet, into adventure. Unbeknownst to Russell, Two- Mile's glove carries the first of seven clues to a fabulous treasure Graves and his ethically-challenged boss are determined to grab for themselves. The baseball wives' treasure hunt swiftly turns into a competitive event, in addition to a whirlwind tour of Negro League cities--Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New York--that might as well be angling for a slot in Black History Month. But why do Jewel and Dee keep getting such contradictory descriptions of Two-Mile? And how could he have planted the doggerel clues they're following years after he died? A sprightly, undemanding debut that seems perfect for a two- hour TV pilot, complete with savory minor characters, great locations, and love conquering all.

Pub Date: Aug. 5th, 1997
ISBN: 0-684-82967-3
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Scribner
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1997