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by Troy Soos

eBook Hanging Curve download ISBN: 1575666561
Author: Troy Soos
Publisher: Kensington (November 1, 2000)
Language: English
ePub: 1397 kb
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Rating: 4.3
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Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. When Mickey Rawlings, utility infielder for the St. Louis Browns, accepts an invitation to play against the East St. Louis Cubs.

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I was also pleased to have the Red Sox in town-not because I’d once played for Boston, but because they were now one of the easiest teams in the American League to beat. Not a single player remained. from the 1912 club of which I’d been a member. Gone was the superb outfield of Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper, and Duffy Lewis, their positions today taken by Nemo Leibold, Pinky Pittenger, and Elmer Smith. Red Sox owners had sold or traded away the club’s best players, many of them, including Babe Ruth, going to the New York Yankees.

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Booklist on Hanging Curve A perfect book for the rain delay. a winner! - -USA Today on Murder at Fenway Park Delightful. mixing suspense, period detail that will leave readers eager for subsequent innings. -Publishers Weekly on Murder at Fenway Park. Historical Detectives Fiction Thriller & Crime. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

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A baseball player risks his career in 1922 when he agrees to play in a game against a black semi-pro team from East St. Louis. Equal parts baseball and mystery are the perfect proportion. -Robert Parker A Race To Stay Alive 1922.

Booklist on Hanging Curve. A perfect book for the rain delay. a winner!" - -USA Today on Murder at Fenway Park.

When Mickey Rawlings, utility infielder for the St. Louis Browns, accepts an invitation to play against the East St. Louis Cubs, a black semi-pro team, he is met with open hostility from the commissioner and the Ku Klux Klan, black pitcher Slim Crawford is murdered, and Mickey is hurled into a dark world of prejudice, in a mystery set in 1922. Reprint.
Comments: (7)
Entertaining and enlightening. In the movie, “The Thin Man” Nick and Nora Charles did such a good job of solving the mystery of the thin man that sequels were made in which Nick became known as “The Thin Man”. Well, I like “The Utility Man”. Mickey Rawlings is a utility man in the big leagues of professional baseball, who, together with his partner Margie, also solves mysteries. “Hanging Curve” is an excellent blend of period atmosphere, historical information and engaging mystery story. My favorite parts were the appearances of Oscar Charleston, Cool Papa Bell and Branch Rickey, and Margie’s return. My only quibble is that sometimes both Mickey and his pal, Karl Landfors, seem to be making speeches that sound more like 21st century characters than people from the 1920’s. Princeton scholar Thomas C. Leonard’s non-fiction “Illiberal Reformers” could provide some interesting complexity to these two fictional characters.
Liked the historic information on the Negro Leagues, an all-too-often neglected area of baseball history. Responsible depiction of the personalities behind "blackball".
I love Troy Soo's base ball murder mysterys. He has done his research for the time period that he is writing about. I have most all Troy Soo's books because of my love for base ball and love of history.
The outcome was somewhat predictable. However the story was fantastic. He captured the mood of the times, portraying the evil of the Klan. He also captured the less radical members of the Klan in a fair handed manner.
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A great story with an important subject.
I've always been a little bemused that more crime novels aren't set in the world of sports. It seems such an untapped goldmine of potential settings, tensions, and vivid characters. So I was stoked to come across this book at a library booksale while briefly back in New Zealand. Even better, it mixes mystery, history, and baseball - one of my favorite sports (even though I'm not American).

I wasn't disappointed. Troy Soos drops the reader deep into 1920s America, utilising his baseball playing amateur sleuth Mickey Rawlings as both a fascinating character and a prism through which to view American society of the time. It's often not a pretty picture. While the Roaring 20s might have been a golden age for baseball and some other areas of society, it was also a time of much division. The Ku Klux Klan was on the rise - and not just in the South. Lots of prominent people were involved in the racist organisation, from judges to top baseball players to police chiefs. Hiding behind the falsehood - maybe lying to themselves - that it was about citizenship and being a good American.

Baseball, like other areas of American life, was segregated at the time. Many of the best players were black, but they weren't allowed in the major leagues to compete against the likes of Babe Ruth, a mythic, superhero figure to many Americans now and then. There were burgeoning Negro Leagues, which had some outstanding talent despite being treated like third-class citizens.

Mickey Rawlings is no Babe Ruth, but he is a major leaguer, and gets paid to play baseball. Even if he spends much of his time on the St Louis Browns bench, and mentoring the young star-on-the-rise who plays the same position as him. Mickey loves the game, however, so he grabs the rare chance to play against a talented Negro team as a 'ringer' for a local semi-pro club. He plays under a false name, as major leaguers aren't meant to play against black players, by order of the commissioner.

Mickey's side is well-beaten, but when the superstar Negro pitcher is found lynched at the park after the game, simmering racial tensions threaten to explode. Mickey is drawn deeper into the situation by an acquaintance who is working with a lawyer to get reduce racism via the legal and legislative system. A fool's errand perhaps, given the broad politics and power structures of the time.

HANGING CURVE is a terrific mystery which balances a nostalgic look at baseball with an exploration of a dark period of American history. Soos balances his tale well, blending mystery and history, and having enough of the sport to provide colour and texture to the setting without overwhelming those who aren't fans (though I think baseball-loving readers will enjoy it even more).

Soos gives the reader a great insight into the times, taking us into the political machinations of the Negro Leagues, the Ku Klax Klan, and the broader society. Soos does a tremendous job threading in lots of history without info-dumping. He has a great storyteller's touch. There is a really strong mystery plotline too, which bubbles away throughout and delivers in a really satisfying way.

There are so many things to like about this mystery. It may not be a 5-star high-concept blockbuster, but it's a very, very good tale that would be enjoyable for most crime readers, and particularly recommended for mystery fans who also have an interest in baseball or American history.
This applies to the audio version.

Final entry in the Mickey Rawlings historical baseball series. The books' settings are each spaced out by a few years, and this one takes place in 1922 St. Louis as Mickey, still a utility infielder, plays for the St. Louis Browns. Each of his books also deals with social issues of the day, and this one deals with the Negro baseball leagues, Jim Crow laws, the Ku Klux Klan and lynchings, and it was a very painful book to listen to. It was excellent--just made me mad as hell. I am sad, too, that there are no more books in this series.

I've thoroughly enjoyed knowing Mickey and Margie, his friends and (the author's real strength) the historical settings and social issues happening in the different cities Mickey's played in. I've listened to all these in the audio format, read by Johnny Heller, who does an excellent job with the 'tone' of the books and has become Mickey's voice to me. Farewell, Mickey, and thanks for the entertainment! A.