Red Card: A Novel of World Cup 1994 Paperback – Aug 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
A soccer mystery whose release coincides with the summer's World Cup competition seems a brave, smart shot. Hoyt ( Marimba ; Whoo? ) offers heaps of soccer lore, including the sport's history: the years of domination by Germany, Italy and Brazil, and the emergence of the defensive game. Here Edson, an elusive and skillful killer, arrives in Dallas the same day as the German team manager receives two yellow cards (in soccer, a yellow card is a warning from the referee) in the mail. After two German stars are expertly gunned down, red cards (meaning the player must leave the field) are received. The international soccer organization hires soccer-lover and former CIA operative James Burlane, aka Major Khartoum, to track the killer. Through his soccer-obsessed characters, Hoyt manages to educate as he entertains. Sometimes the explanations stall the pace, but in general the action moves briskly among Edson, Burlane and the teams. Whether the American reading public is ready for a soccer mystery may be determined by how the World Cup plays in the U.S.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
For most of the planet, the World Cup is bigger than the Super Bowl, the World Series, and Michael Jordan combined, and this year the U.S. is playing host. Hoyt uses the occasion to throw maverick ex-CIA agent James Burlane in harm's way again. Now freelancing under the delightfully ridiculous nom de guerre of Major Sid Kartoum, Burlane is hired by the hidebound and fiercely political governing body of world soccer to stop a terrorist who is whacking star players. One of Hoyt's trademarks is a wonderfully quirky sense of humor that failed him in Kartoum's last outing, Marimba, perhaps because there simply isn't much that's funny about the drug trade. But Hoyt, clearly a knowledgeable fan of soccer, uses the astonished reactions to America of foreign athletes, referees, team owners, and even Prince Charles to restore the laughs this time out. Red Card isn't Hoyt's best, but it's still a terrific read that will also instruct a lot of U.S. sports fans in the finer points of the world's most important sporting event. Thomas Gaughan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description