Tigers Burning: A Duffy House Mystery Hardcover – Mar 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
The adventures of retired Chicago sportswriter Duffy House, last seen in Fear in Fenway , usually begin with Duffy being dispatched by his pal the commissioner to a ballpark where crimes are afoot and where Duffy's brains and his niece Petey's tireless (and well-turned) legs can save the day. This time Duffy's too late for the ballpark; Detroit's Tiger Stadium is aflame, perhaps as part of the Devil's Night mayhem that besets the Motor City once a year. Found dead in the wreckage is Kit Gleason, a Grosse Pointe matron and leader in the campaign to save the old park from the wrecker's ball; missing is a player, former drunk Al Shaw. Lined up against Kit and her team of preservationist agitators are two characters who, like most of the cast in this winning series, seem a lot like real life folks: the owner of the Tigers franchise, a fried chicken tycoon, and the manager, a volatile former college basketball coach. Baseball buffs and mystery lovers are the winners here as Duffy conjures up ghosts sporting the gothic D on their white uniforms while chasing the plot's sharp curves. Action and crackling dialogue, principally between the anachronistic Duffy and the spunky Petey, distinguish this series co-written pseudonymously by William Brashler and Reinder Vant Til.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Retired sportswriter Duffy House is back solving murders for his old pal, Commissioner of Baseball Grand Chambliss. Aided by his irrepressible niece, Petey, Duffy goes to Detroit at the request of Jim Casey, recently fired Tiger broadcaster who ran afoul of team management by supporting a group of fans dedicated to the preservation of venerable Tiger Stadium. There's money to be made with a new park, though, and the team's management is not above greasing a few official palms to get their suburban monstrosity built. Just as Duffy and Petey begin their investigation into the shady doings, the head of the Save Our Stadium group is murdered. Destroy the opposition and their cause in one fell swoop, Duffy figures. But it's never simple. Kit Gleason, the murder victim, was having an affair with the Tigers' best player, and complicating matters further, the team's owners seem to have bedded down with organized crime. As always in this series, expect liberal doses of humor, baseball trivia, and local color, all delivered via Duffy's snappy, smart-alecky first-person narration. Wes LukowskySee all Product Description