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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (419 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Feinstein Narrator: John Feinstei Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sports Beat Series Release Date:
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Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson return in another fast-paced, action-packed sports mystery from bestselling sports writer John Feinstein.

The two hopeful sports reporters have kept in touch after their wild time at the Final Four, and when Susan Carol manages to score a press pass to cover the first week of the US Open Tennis Tournament in New York, Stevie works out a way to be there as well.

The behind-the-scenes action in the world of professional tennis is overwhelming and occasionally bewildering, but it turns downright inconceivable when a young Russian phenom, Natalia Makarova, disappears right before her second-round match. Somewhere between the locker rooms and the Louis Armstrong Court, one of the most-watched players of the tournament simply vanishes.

The media coverage is staggering. Everyone is looking for Natalia--including Stevie and Susan Carol. Was she kidnapped? Did she run? Is she even still alive? The rumors are growing wilder by the hour. But they don't even come close to the shocking truth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Veteran sportswriter Feinstein serves a winner here, deftly blending sports, mystery, and social commentary. The prose is taut, the dialogue snappy, and layers of intrigue are laid down like expert drop shots. The mystery will hold readers to the very end, culminating in an exciting match and surprise arrests.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The mystery maintains a genuine level of suspense throughout the story.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Feinstein expertly combines tennis action, life in the Big Apple, media coverage, and a realistic plot to explore the fierce competition of tennis.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kris | 2/9/2014

    " This is written by the same author as "Last Shot", and features the same young protagonists, Stevie and Susan Carol. This time they are reporting on the U.S. Open, and get involved in a mystery surrounding the kidnapping of a beautiful and talented Russian player. Could Susan Carol's beloved uncle be involved? You don't need to love tennis to like this book, and you will certainly find out a bit about what goes on behind the scenes of an international tournament. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mary Farrell | 2/3/2014

    " I'll admit right up front I didn't finish this book. I was afraid if I had to witness Stevie and Susan Carol get introduced to one more person, my head would explode. The book got off to a very slow start, and it was made even worse by extraneous details foisted on the reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nanci | 2/3/2014

    " Cute mystery involving 2 teenage aspiring sportswriters and the US Open. I think any young mystery fans will enjoy this. The mystery was back and forth and you think you know who did it and then you aren't so sure and then there is a surprise twist at the end. The bonus to Feinstein's series is that it might attract guys and girls who are into sports and don't love to read. They can get their reading pages done and talk sports as well. I would recommend this to kids 4th-9th grade. I think kids older than that will want a little more suspense and sophistication. I listened to the audio book and the author does a nice job of narrating. I do like the professional narrators a little better but Feinstein does well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jrahill1 | 1/31/2014

    " This is a book about this famous tennis player who vanishes, and these two kids try to find out the mystery. "

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