Let's be clear from the outset: I really enjoyed this book. Part of the enjoyment comes from knowing the town in Central PA that is the city upon which Centre Town is based, even though it is really nothing like the city portrayed in the book. At the time in which this book was set, this town did have a AA baseball team that eventually moved away to some other place. Now, I understand, there is another team located there, which is at the most A, or maybe even lower on the major league totem pole.
I found the atmosphere done correctly, and the characters drawn quite well. It seems that the author is attempting to portray the detective hero in the "hard boiled" mode of detective fiction, and he does an admirable job, although I think the hero might be considered more an egg "over easy"! The plot is interesting and involved, and even though the ending seems a bit contrived, I found it somewhat plausible, so it didn't spoil the story at all. It's good to know what happens to the characters after the time frame of the book ends, and the author did not disappoint in that aspect.
Without revealing the name of the actual city, I will say that I was surprised that the author didn't include anything about the Little League World Series that is played there every year (hint, hint). Read the book, and I think that you will enjoy it as much as I did.