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Three Strikes

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Antique dealer extraordinaire Picker receives a phone call from an old friend. Amy Henderson's husband, Hari 'Bigfoot' Henderson has been murdered.

Hari has unearthed a collection of vintage baseball cards, but apparently not valuable enough to be a motive for murder. In between buying and selling high priced antiques and collectibles, Picker hunts for the guilty culprit a
Paperback, 68 pages
Published July 8th 2012 by Createspace (first published April 17th 2012)
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Setting up at the flea markets as he did each week, antiques dealer Picker (“just Picker”) was accompanied by his faithful, and uncannily instinctive german shepherd, Kato. Checking everyone out, seeing what was on offer was just a part of it, but it was a routine they all performed. But when he received a phone call later in the week from the wife of a friend, he was shocked to hear that her husband, the big and seemingly invincible Hari (Bigfoot) Henderson, had been murdered.

As Picker began hi
Rose Cimarron
Three Strikes is an entertaining short story. The cast of characters appear in a series of Scott Soloff's books. I found the voice of the narrator, the eponymous Picker, a little off-putting at first, but I got used to it and soon found that it conveyed much about his character.

The story is self-contained and you do not (I have not) need to read any of the full length books in the series to appreciate and enjoy Three Strikes. Scott manages to explain all the essentials without slowing down the p
Ted Guglielmo
Aug 23, 2012 Ted Guglielmo rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Wow this is a fast paced 41 pages with a to of stuff.

Picker and his super dog Kato is an antique dealer. He has a Robin Hood wanna be brother who picks locks and sweet talks cops. A girlfriend named Penny Lane (but dont call her Penny) and friend named Chucky Cheese, Googie and Crystal Ball. His buddy Hari henderson is Murdered and a 1909 Honus Wagner card worth 1 million plus is missing. Picker, his brother and Kato look to solve the crime. Fun read.
Aug 14, 2012 Lindsey marked it as to-read
I love dogs, mysteries, Irish culture, and mafia stories, so _Three Strikes_ was a no-brainer for me when I saw it on First Reads. Fingers crossed!

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I love the Picker books. The blend of mystery and antiquing is fantastic, especially with such a colourful cast of characters. This short story takes place after #37, though it's not necessary to have read the previous book to understand this one.

A short read, but still a wonderful mystery, I recommend this novella.
A very interesting and fast pace read.Picker seems like quite the fellow. Enjoyed his adventure with the valuable baseball card. I also loved how the chapters were labeled by baseball terms. Kato is an amazing dog. Looking forward to the next adventure.
Virginia Winfield
Great short story. Leading up to the next book. I learned about this author when I won the first picker novel through first reads giveaway.
Iris Smale
Short but really enjoyed this book. I rarely give 5 stars but this one deserves them. Will look for more by this author.
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Mr. Soloff is an antique dealer, accomplished story teller and is married to a beautiful woman. He claims to never use foul language, smoke, drink or stretch the truth. Charming to a fault, he is moderately well liked by small children and dogs.
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