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Penalty Shot

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Top-flight English goalkeeper Ian Chapel's last soccer game ended in a kick to the face from a German opponent leaving him with just one eye and believing he could never play the game again.
Working as an editor for one of his brainy brother's sports magazines, Chapel has recovered his fitness, but hasn't touched a soccer ball since his accident. So, he finds it ludicrous when his old army colonel pitches a proposal with him playing goalie for the Los Angeles Ravens, an American indoor soccer team owned by the colonel and his partner Nina Brisbane, who has the body of a goddess and hides her shotgun-blasted face forever behind a veil.
The Ravens are headed for the league finals, but their goalie has just been murdered, and if Chapel takes the job, the colonel and Miss Brisbane would like him to clear up the murder as well.
With much reluctance Chapel caves into pressure, whips himself into good goalie shape, joins the team - which includes the German player who put his eye out - dodges murderous attacks from Irish terrorists, and copes with the very temperamental Miss Brisbane, all the while enjoying the close companionship of the Ravens' second-string goalie, a very fit, ambitious, and pretty young lady.


Bishop scores a smashing goal chronicling the deadly games played out by the men and women connected to the Los Angeles Ravens soccer team. Bishop's passion for soccer and his belief in the value of sports keeps the reader rooting for the home team. - Publishers' Weekly

From the prologue to the final hospital scene, Bishop effectively captures the violent world of professional soccer. His tale, vigorous with intrigue, IRA terrorists, and a charming romance, focuses on Ian Chapel, a disabled English soccer player who is trying to solve a vicious murder. - Library Journal

Author Bishop, a soccer-playing LAPD detective, knows his stuff. - Kirkus


A thirty-five year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Paul has twice been honored as Detective of the Year. As well as numerous novels, he has also written scripts for episodic television and feature films. As a nationally recognized interrogator, he appears regularly on the hit ABC reality series Take The Money And Run . . .

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June 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Penalty Shot
Author(s): Paul Bishop
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