Marshall J. Cook has again teamed with Savage Press to create a baseball novel that goes far beyond the diamond.
Off Season: a Novel of Love, Faith, and Minor League Baseball has plenty of drama for baseball fans and folks who don't know a line drive from a Texas leaguer.
After one of the most raucous pennant drives in baseball history, the Beymer Buffalo are back for another season. But first, freshman manager Tommy Lee Smith and his new wife Billie Jo must weather some off-season storms.
Billie Jo is raped, nearly miscarries in her Dime-a-Cup Diner during a freak Thanksgiving blizzard, and presents Tommy Lee with a child he has no idea how to love.
Buffalo team owner and Hall-of-Fame pitcher Gordon Glendennon convinces the town council to help finance a new ballpark for the Buffalo, along with a McDonald's and a casino to be run by the Oshnaube Indian Nation. He brings in folksinger Jamie Paradise as partner to help swing the deal.
When an arsonist torches the new park before it's even finished, Sheriff Tom Warren has plenty of suspects, including the Buffalo's legendary slugger, Roy Don "Hammer" Hammond.
Then Casey (as in "Cassandra") Chastain and Heather Peterson arrive all the way from Texas for team tryouts and a chance to make baseball history.
All this even before the start of a season that will turn out to be every bit as exciting as the one chronicled in Cook's previous novel, The Year of the Buffalo. [via]