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A Player to Be Maimed Later

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Blaze Stender a retired pitching superstar asks his old friend Lloyd Keaton to write his biography hoping that the book will help ensure his election to baseball's Hall of Fame.
Keaton starts work on the biography and continues even after Stender turns up missing following a boating accident. He soon discovers however that the facts of his old friend's life are at odds wit
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Hardcover, 312 pages
Published August 21st 2013 by Five Star (ME)
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Mike Gabor
Oct 26, 2013 Mike Gabor rated it really liked it
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Sportswriter Lloyd Keaton is contacted by his old friend, former ace pitcher, Blaze Stender. Stender has been out of baseball for a few years and will be up for election to the Hall of Fame shortly. He wants Keaton to write his biography thinking that the publicity will help his chances of being elected. Shortly after Keaton agrees, Stender is in a boating accident and is lost and presumed dead. His widow wants Keaton to continue with the biography and as he does he discovers a mysterious ...more
Sam Reaves
Jan 04, 2014 Sam Reaves rated it really liked it
A sportswriter with a gambling problem is chosen by a recently retired, Hall of Fame-quality pitcher to write his biography. Early in the project the pitcher dies in an apparent accident, and then the reporter starts to turn up unsavory secrets, stirring up a hornet's nest. More deaths follow, of course. One thing raises this amateur sleuth mystery above the average: John Billheimer really knows his baseball. It's hard to write good fiction involving the sports world; either you fictionalize ...more
Matthew
Jan 12, 2015 Matthew rated it liked it
This was a fun, quick read about a couple of ball players, forever linked though their polar opposite fortunes in the big leagues -- one destined for the Hall of Fame, the other for the skids -- and the shady incident that kept them bound from their days being called up to the big club.
I'm a sucker for a good baseball story, of course, whether it's reading or writing them, from Matt Christopher to Sidd Finch to Michael Joyce's "Going the Distance" to Fenway Fiction in all its incarnations.
I foun
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Karen
Feb 26, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Another great plot in a baseball centric mystery.

I think I enjoyed this more than the first one, which was heavy into steroids.

This involves a pair of rookies, whose careers veer away from each other, but an event in their past makes it impossible for them to forget.

The Keaton family is dealing with life in a realistic way, which complicates Lloyd's life but adds texture to the story.

I like John's writing style and hope another Lloyd Keaton mystery will be issued soon.

I read the library copy o
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Susan
Dec 06, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
Recovering gambler and sportswriter Lloyd Keaton is asked to write a biography by his old pal, noted pitcher Blaze Stender, who'll be up for hall of fame election soon. As Keaton digs into Stender's past, he begins to find some mysterious gaps. Then Stender dies in a tragic boating accident on Lake Erie. But the publisher is still interested, so Lloyd soldiers on. Bonus: a brief appearance by the sleuth in Billheimer's other series.
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Jan 30, 2014 Dottie Gariti rated it liked it
did not like it all that much. The baseball background was the most interesting part. The main character seemed very one-dementionable.
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