Monday, 2 February 2015

Three Strikes and You're Dead by Michael Draper

There are some people who live and breath sports, and I'm talking about  the spectators.  When a lengthy strike threatens, baseball fan Joseph Skubul can't just sit at home and wait for it to end, he takes action.  While chatting on an online forum, he joins forces with a person who identifies himself as The Advocate, and they make a plan.  Not only are they miffed by the strike, but they are disgusted with the enormous salaries that the top players are pulling in.  They want to bring baseball to it's knees and make it affordable for the average family.

You don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy this book.  As much as it does involve baseball, it is more about human nature and mans quest for justice.   This is the second book in the series, though it can be read as a stand alone.  The three main characters, Roseanne, Randy and Graham, from Splattered Blood are back pursuing their careers as private investigators.   They are now working under the tutelage of Pete Peterson of the Peterson Detective Agency. It is good to see that their relationships are developing further.  Personally, I think that Roseanne and Randy are moving too quickly, though it is quite possible to happen this way in a real life situation.

The plot is well crafted and was revealed in a realistic manner and rate.  I found it very believable that at times the story progressed slowly and then at others it seemed to leap ahead with rapid discovery of clues and links between suspects.

See my review of Splattered Blood.

Thanks to author Michael Draper for my review copy and for use of the cover image.

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