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Old 06-24-2012, 10:36 AM   #1
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Free (nook/Kindle) Screwball King Murder by Kin Platt [Baseball Pulp Murder Mystery]

The Screwball King Murder by vintage pulp crime fiction writer Kin Platt is a baseball-themed murder mystery in his PI Max Roper series, originally out from Random House in 1978 and now re-published and offered free courtesy of Adams Media's Prologue Books imprint.

Amazingly, this is actually one that I don't already have from the big 99 cent Prologue sale at Amazon a couple of months ago. That makes 2 out of 136 thus far!

Currently free @ B&N and Amazon UK (likely to drop in the main store).

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Big, brash, good-looking Hondo Kenyon is one of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ best pitchers, a southpaw screwballer with the necessary skills and fastball to keep the opposition from tearing his head off, and the team is counting on the ex-small town Pennsylvania boy for help in their pennant run. On the other hand, Kenyon rates as a screwball in more ways than one. He has a long track record as a scoring jock with the ladies and his antics on or off the field are flamboyant and daffy, executed with lunatic fervor, sometimes funny of bordering on the ludicrous, always certain of coverage by the media.

With a reputation like that, it’s no big surprise to a lot of people when Hondo turns up dead in the electrically charged water of a condominium swimming pool. Slip Masters, the team’s public relations man, calls on his private investigator friend Max Roper to look into the case and find out for sure whether it was a legit accident or perhaps a crafty and ingenious murder. The Los Angeles cops have crossed off Hondo’s death as a weird accident, but Slip isn’t so sure. Neither is Max Roper, especially when he gets in closer and starts kicking things around and his investigations turn up some odd circumstances and a string of other murders. As Detective Lieutenant Camino of Homicide says, “On a Roper case they die on the hour, like flies. Death follows Max like a plague.”

Roper has plenty of leads to follow: disgruntled ballplayers, jealous boyfriends, discarded lovers, the dead man’s new-breed agent, a psychiatrist, a pool-maintenance person, a hippie plastic surgeon, condominium neighbors, some gangland types, a rock musician and a pineapple heiress ex-wife, among others. His travels take him from the baseball locker room to the seedy areas of Venice, a factory turned nightclub, exclusive watering holes, a chic tennis club, a new high-rise office complex—in short, a cross section of Los Angeles. Along the way to solving the case, Roper get shot at, arrested, beaten up, held at gunpoint and hit over the head, not necessarily in that order.

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Old 06-24-2012, 02:52 PM   #2
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:45 PM   #4
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Thanks, happy to pick this one up and try Kin Platt's adult mysteries. Big fan of his juvenile mystery, "Sinbad and Me" when I was young, in fact, still have my tattered original paperback that has practically been read to death.

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This one has it all. Sounds good enough to Read!
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:36 PM   #6
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Right now at the US Amazon, the price is $3.79, but the chart says $0.00.

Maybe I missed it.
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:52 PM   #7
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I've tried twice today and both times it was still $3.79. Maybe, it will still drop.
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According to koland's post on another multi-store freebie, Amazon's been having a glitch with the price-matching in the main store.

This should be free until next Saturday anyway. Adams Media & its sibling imprints are usually good for one week.
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Right now at the US Amazon, the price is $3.79, but the chart says $0.00.

Maybe I missed it.
Amazon is having digital issues - no reporting for affiliates since midnight Friday and the price drops for today seem stuck for the US store (I see a number of books with a "kindle price" shown considerably lower than the actual price above (and you pay the above price - I bought one, just to check, then returned it).

The UK price doesn't seem to have the same problem.
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According to koland's post on another multi-store freebie, Amazon's been having a glitch with the price-matching in the main store.

This should be free until next Saturday anyway. Adams Media & its sibling imprints are usually good for one week.
OK! Teach me to post without reading all the lower posts ....
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His book with Australian women's tennis players was good, so this should be entertaining.
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