Monday, July 21, 2008

Green Monster by Rick Shefchik

After a second World Championship in four years, the Boston Red Sox have finally buried the Curse of the Bambino—or have they? Sox owner Louis Kenwood receives an extortion note signed “Babe Ruth” claiming that the 2004 World Series was fixed—and demanding $50 million to keep the information from getting to the press and the Commissioner’s office.

If the allegation of a fix becomes public, Kenwood fears irreparable damage to the value of his franchise and to his legacy as “Lucky Louie,” the man who finally brought a championship to Boston after 86 years. Thus, the Red Sox turn to private detective Sam Skarda to find out who’s behind the extortion plot.

Kenwood insists that his beautiful executive assistant Heather Canby accompany—and monitor—Sam on every step of his investigation. Unsure whom he can trust, Sam follows the clues to the Los Angeles underworld and then to the slums of Venezuela. Can he assemble all of the pieces to this puzzle before more lives are lost and scandal blasts the Red Sox Nation? Green Monster is the second novel in the Sam Skarda series, following Amen Corner.

Being an avid Red Sox fan sure made this book alluring to me!!!! But, I do believe any lover of a mystery or of baseball would truly enjoy this book!!! All the talk of Boston and the Red Sox was surely a high point in this book for me, but the mystery that ran along side it was great as well. Great character development, an intriguing plot and a bit of a twist at the end kept me turning the pages of this book!!!! 4.5/5


Anonymous said...

Oh, this sounds like fun - Boston, the Red Sox and a mystery all wrapped together.

My daughter took a behind-the-scenes tour of Fenway with camp yesterday ... she fortunately chose NOT to wear her Yankees shirt, as she was threatening to. We're a house divided, in a friendly way :)