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Five O'Clock Lightning

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A onetime baseball catcher confronts the murder of a McCarthyist politician at Yankee Stadium

In 1953 America, McCarthyism is everywhere. Congressman Rex Harwood Simmons is among the leaders who single-mindedly hunt down suspected Communists; he even claims that Communism has infiltrated America's favorite pastime. But while watching a Yankee game one afternoon, he becomes a target. As the crowd cheers for a homerun, Simmons is shot dead in his seat.

The task of solving the crime falls to onetime ballplayer and Korean War veteran Russ Garrett, who collaborates with "Vicious Aloysius" Murphy, a Bronx homicide detective. The investigation won't be easy, since there are plenty of people with a motive to plug Simmons. Several clues point to a blacklisted intellectual - but he was driven to suicide years ago. And as Garrett hunts for the killer, a new conspiracy comes to light: a plot to murder Yankee star Mickey Mantle.

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Hardback Editions

May 1982 : USA Hardback

Title: Five O'Clock Lightning
Author(s): William L Deandrea
ISBN: 0-312-29498-0 / 978-0-312-29498-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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Paperback Editions

February 1983 : USA Paperback

Title: Five O'Clock Lightning
Author(s): William DeAndrea
ISBN: 0-312-29499-9 / 978-0-312-29499-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Kindle Editions

June 2014 : UK Kindle edition

Title: Five O'Clock Lightning: A Novel About Baseball, Politics, and Murder
Author(s): William L DeAndrea
Availability: Amazon UK