A Player to be Maimed Later(2013)
(The second book in the Lloyd Keaton Mystery series)
A novel by John Billheimer
Blaze Stender a retired pitching superstar asks his old friend Lloyd Keaton to write his biography hoping that the book will help ensure his election to baseball's Hall of Fame.
Keaton starts work on the biography and continues even after Stender turns up missing following a boating accident. He soon discovers however that the facts of his old friend's life are at odds with his popular image and that Stender was keeping some dark secrets including blackmail payments that could be related to a mysterious death.
Stender's widow tries to cancel the biography fearing it will tarnish her husband's image. But Keaton can't stop following a story even when it leads to another killing and the reporter himself becomes the target of an unknown assailant.
Praise for this book
"...the most exciting play in crime fiction." - Craig Johnson
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Used availability for John Billheimer's A Player to be Maimed Later
August 2013 : USA Hardback