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Murderers' Row: Baseball Mysteries

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   [Editor's Note: The following is a combined review with MURDERERS' ROW, VOL. 2]--There's no crying in baseball, and some say that too often there's no suspense either. Leave it to the likes of major leaguers Elmore Leonard, … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Baseball
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: New Millenium Press
Date Published: 2001
1 review about Murderers' Row: Baseball Mysteries

Baseball mysteries blow by like a high inside fastball

  • Nov 22, 2010
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Here are fourteen baseball-themed short stories commissioned especially for this anthology, and so not seen anywhere else previously. The list of authors is impressive (Block, Collins, Parker, Leonard among the better known) but a few of the stories seem a bit forced, like a student writing a paper to an assigned topic that isn't their greatest strength or interest. And quite frankly, I have to call out the Max Allan Collins (whom I have generally found an entertaining if not great writer in his mysteries on historical themes like the Hindenburg and the Lindbergh case) contribution as by far the weakest, with seemingly little research and thin and thoughtless writing.

The rest are uniformly good, and read quickly.

A couple of publication notes:

--While the authors are given equal billing by being listed alphabetically in the table of contents, the more well known authors like those I listed above are given a larger font size on the front cover alphabetical list. An interesting way to provide both equal billing and star recognition in the collection.

--The foreword by Jim Bouton is very funny. Don't skip it. In fact, if you aren't interesting in buying the book, at least pick it up in the bookstore and spend a few minutes reading the foreword before you put it back down! I was reminded of how sharply funny the author of the ground breaking and now classic "Ball Four" (which I read many years ago) can be, and wondered why he had been so absent from notice for so long (a question that is at least partly answered in the foreword).

--A bibliography is included that lists further recommended reading in novel-length mysteries that have baseball as a theme, setting, or component of the story.

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