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Five O'Clock Lightning

A Novel About Baseball, Politics, and Murder

Five O'Clock Lightning by William L. DeAndrea
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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.

Head of Zeus; June 2014
247 pages; ISBN 9781784084004
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Title: Five O'Clock Lightning
Author: William L. DeAndrea
 
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