Baseball Mystery Knocks One Out of the Park
Baseball and murder make a deadly combination in this hard-hitting
novel by Mike Reuther. Set against the backdrop of a small Pennsylvania
city, this mystery makes for gritty suspense, page-turning action,
colorful characters, and a tough detective.
The political reporter at the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Reuther studied journalism at Pennsylvania State University. A native of Muncy, he lives in Montgomery.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Only the drug pushers and scoundrels appear to thrive in Center Town, Pa., home to the Class A baseball team Mets and childhood home of Cozzy Crager, the world-weary protagonist of “Return to Dead City.”
Crager and Centre Town are a perfect fit. Battling booze and his worst nightmares of years spent on the Albuquerque police force, he’s back in this decaying, crime-ridden town for the first time since he was a young man. Crager is barely settled into his gig as a detective when he gets an anonymous call of a murder.
Lance Miller, the Mets’ slugging star with the shadowy past, has been found dead in a downtown hotel. Lance’s time with the team had been brief, his relationship with teammates, lovers and others somewhat vague and mysterious.
And so, Crager begins the task of following leads and ferreting out information, a job that takes him from the back alleys of the city to the halls of academia. Crager works alone and without as much as a stipend. Soon, he wonders why. For he will have his hands full.
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