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A Super Bowl week of mysteries – Part 5

How do you get Frank Deford, the grand old man of modern sport writing, to write a blurb for your sports mystery? You ask him. Reggie Rivers did it, for his book 4th and Fixed. Wrote Deford after he read the book, “Fix the Super Bowl? I never thought it possible, but 4th and Fixed [...]

A Super Bowl week of mysteries – Part 4

Is pro football not a violent enough sport for you? Do you covet real mayhem on the field? More than a third of a century ago, sci-fi writer Gary Wolf came up with what you’d enjoy watching in his novel, Killerbowl. He was writing in 1975 and set his story in 2005. The game is [...]

A Super Bowl week of mysteries – Part 3

Of all the Super Bowl mysteries you can read, Thomas Harris’s Black Sunday in the best . . . in my opinion. This book, Thomas’s first novel, goes way back. Putnam issued it in 1975. Black Sunday should properly be classified as a thriller. A crazed American Vietnam vet and a PLO terrorist team up [...]

A Super Bowl week of mysteries – Part 2

Fran Tarkenton’s mystery, Murder at the Super Bowl, is an old one and a not very good one, said a reviewer for Publishers Weekly at the time. The time was 1986. Tarkenton earned fame as the quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings (1961-66, 1972-78) and the New York Giants (1967-71). He had written two “as told [...]

A Super Bowl week of mysteries – Part 1

John Feinstein, a sterling sportswriter, has also written a stack of nonfiction sports books and novels, including six mysteries shot at a young adult audience. This series features teen reporters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson, who in Feinstein’s 2007 book, Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl, stumble on a Super Bowl scandal . . [...]

Olympic mysteries – Part 3

James Patterson’s and Mark Sullivan’s Olympics thriller, “Private Games,” carries the slug line, “This could be the last summer games ever.” So the stakes are high . . . save the modern Olympic games from the man who wants to destroy them . . . and replace them with clean, honest, uncorrupted games as envisioned [...]

Olympic mysteries – Part 1

Sports writer John Feinstein’s brought out his latest young adult mystery, “Rush for the Gold,” in time for the summer Olympics. He again teams up his junior detectives, Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol, only this time Carol is swimming for gold at the London Olympics. Thomas is there as a sports reporter, covering the games [...]

Thriller writer Tim Green crashes

Tim Green – writer of best-selling thrillers, lawyer, sports commentator, and former NFL great – faced a dilemma at the beginning of 2010. He lives in Skaneateles, New York, outside of Syracuse. His son’s high school football team, the Skaneateles Lakers, won only two games in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Green could either sit [...]

More of a second week of can you believe he/she wrote a mystery?

One-time tennis star Martina Navratilova – she won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and 31 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles – wrote a series of tennis-related mysteries . . . with the help of co-writer Liz Nickles. Guess whose name is larger on the book covers . . . by far. Of “Breaking Point,” published [...]

A week of can you believe he/she wrote a mystery? – Part 3

If you can throw a football, you should be able to write a novel, right? That’s what the editors at William Morrow believed when they offered former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton a contract to write a mystery. Actually, they figured his name would sell truckloads of books. Wisely, they gave Tarkenton a co-writer, Herb [...]