parker field book coverReviewed by Melanie Kline

Les, a former minor league baseball player in his seventies who does not seem to have any enemies, is shot with a high powered rifle and is lying in a hospital bed clinging to life. It is discovered that an addled former military man, now homeless, has broken into a vacant condo and shot him. Les’ sort of adopted son decides to investigate and figure out why anyone would want to harm such a quiet, harmless man.

Willie Black is a newspaper man, heavy drinker and three time loser in the marital game. Listening to Les’ buddy, Jimmy, talk about the old days and the team members and a team groupie, not so affectionately called Fannie Fling, Willie decides to do a piece on the old starting line up of Les’ old team, the Richmond Vees. He soon discovers that a number of the old guys are dead. Their deaths, in some instances, were rather premature and in others, somewhat suspicious.

Connecting with the younger sister of one of his boyhood friends, Cindy Peroni, Willie heads out to interview the kids, widows and ex-wives of some of the deceased as well as the one other remaining Vee. What he discovers brings him to death’s door and the solution to a puzzle he didn’t know existed.

There are too many characters in Parker Field and names being mentioned throughout. And because a lot of them are baseball players, they also have nicknames. About 25 or 30 pages into this, my head started to spin. I found it next to impossible to keep everyone straight and spent a lot of the story completely lost as to what was going on.

I wouldn’t recommend Parker Field to anyone as I did not enjoy anything about it and found the storyline entirely too difficult to follow. I believe that the book has great potential if it were rewritten minus many of the extra characters and events that are not relevant to the actual storyline. I was very disappointed as I was really looking forward to reading this book.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by The Permanent Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.