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Author: Rick Shefchik Narrator: William Hughes Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481583664

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After a second world championship in four years, the Boston Red Sox have finally buried the Curse of the Bambino—or have they? Red Sox owner Louis Kenwood has received a note signed “Babe Ruth,” claiming that the 2004 World Series was fixed and demanding $20 million to keep the information from the press and the commissioner’s office. If the allegation of a fix becomes public, Kenwood fears irreparable damage to the value of his franchise and to his legacy as “Lucky Louie,” the man who finally brought a championship to Boston after eighty-six years. Thus, he turns to private detective Sam Skarda to find out who’s behind the extortion plot. Unsure whom he can trust, Sam follows the clues to the Los Angeles underworld and then to the slums of Venezuela. Can he assemble all of the puzzle pieces before scandal blasts the Red Sox nation?

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  • “Succeeds by keeping the reader as off-balance as a slugger out front on an off-speed pitch…Shefchik throw[s] an array of pitches to readers, who don’t need to love baseball to get hooked by the narrative…Shefchik [is] a big-league spinner of mysteries.”

    - Star Tribune
  • “Baseball fans will welcome Shefchik’s second mystery to feature sports sleuth Sam Skarda…Shefchik…avoid[s] straight-out stereotypes, and he spins a fair simile now and then.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “Part noir mystery, part all-American sports story. Much praise goes to narrator William Hughes for making this story more believable than the notion that Roger Clemens has never taken steroids. By mixing fact and fiction, Shefchik weaves a plausible tale of deception for which Hughes’ hard-nosed vintage tone is perfectly suited. The result is a classic mystery that engages listeners, whether they’re baseball fans or not.”

    - AudioFile
  • “A genuinely clever mystery, with the blackmailer not revealed until the last few pages…Skarda is a likable rogue.”

    - Booklist

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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I'm not much of a mystery reader, but my former coworker Rick Shefchik spun a pretty good tale that made me remember all of those Columbo episodes I loved to watch when I was a kid. "

    - Janet, 1/15/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Intriguing mystery concerning the fictional owner of the Red Sox being blackmailed over whether the 2004 World Series was fixed. Fun read, especially for fans of the Red Sox! "

    - Karen, 5/7/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Easy to read, great for the beach or a long plane ride. Interesting characters, especially Sam Skarda, the main character. Sox fans and baseball fans in general will enjoy this mystery. "

    - Eileen, 11/10/2009

About the Author

Rick Shefchik spent twenty-six years at the St. Paul Pioneer Press as a media critic, feature writer–columnist, enterprise reporter, and sportswriter, before leaving in 2006 to devote his full attention to writing novels. He is also a lifelong golfer and plays guitar with an oldies band called Yesterday’s News. He lives in Stillwater, Minnesota, with his family.

About the Narrator

William Hughes is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. A professor of political science at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, he received his doctorate in American politics from the University of California at Davis. He has done voice-over work for radio and film and is also an accomplished jazz guitarist.