GHOST by Peter Barsocchini


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Barsocchini tosses up an air ball with this contrived, rather pointless first novel about a famous basketball player in search of the troth about his past. Thomas "Ghost" Galvin--he got the nickname in high school as the only white player on his team--is the 29-year-old star of the Los Angeles Lakers, who have just won an NBA championship. As the novel opens, Ghost is hosting a big party at his Beverly Hills mansion for the team and assorted hangers-on--when who should crash but the aggressive and beautiful Life magazine reporter, Rebecca Blessner. Rebecca is doing an article on Ghost's famous father, a US senator with vice-presidential aspirations who died prematurely of a heart attack. Ghost, however, refuses to answer any questions--in fact, the next day he tells his agent he's quitting basketball, buys an old junker, and heads cross-country for his old town of Nippersink, Wisconsin. Along the way he picks up a 12-year-old hitchhiker named Radio (because he's always plugged into his Walkman), and the two have adventures better left to the most cloying sort of "road" movie. In Nippersink, Ghost comes face to face with his roots--and with the unsinkable Rebecca, who helps him discover that (a) his father was actually murdered; (b) the culprit was probably Ghost's loyal personal secretary, Miss Dupree; and (c) Rebecca may be Ghost's half-sister--but had better not be, since the two have been playing some intimate one-on-one. An unpleasant combination, then, of the far-fetched and just plain dull.

Pub Date: April 19th, 1989
ISBN: 525-24739-4
Publisher: Dutton
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