The Babe Ruth Deception (A Fraser And Cook Mystery Book 3)
Publish Date: 2016-09-27
Author: David O. Stewart
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As the Roaring Twenties get under way, corruption seems everywhere--from the bootleggers flouting Prohibition to the cherished heroes of the American Pastime now tarnished by scandal. Swept up in the maelstrom are Dr. Jamie Fraser and Speed Cook...
Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat, is having a record-breaking season in his first year as a New York Yankee. In 1920, he will hit more home runs than any other team in the American League. Larger than life on the ball field and off, Ruth is about to discover what the Chicago White Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series are learning--baseball heroes are not invulnerable to scandal. With suspicion in the air, Ruths 1918 World Series win for the Boston Red Sox is now being questioned. Under scrutiny by the new baseball commissioner and enmeshed with gambling kingpin Arnold Rothstein, Ruth turns for help to Speed Cook--a former professional ballplayer himself before the game was segregated and now a promoter of Negro baseball--whos familiar with the dirty underside of the sport.
Cook in turn enlists the help of Dr. Jamie Fraser, whose wife Eliza is coproducing a silent film starring the Yankee outfielder. Restraint does not come easily to the reckless Ruth, but the Frasers try to keep him in line while Cook digs around.
As all this plays out, Cooks son Joshua and Frasers daughter Violet are brought together by a shocking tragedy. But an interracial relationship in 1920 feels as dangerous as a public scandal--even more so because Joshua is heavily involved in bootlegging. Trying to protect Ruth and their own children, Fraser and Cook find themselves playing a dangerous game.
Once again masterfully blending fact and fiction, David O. Stewart delivers a nail-biting historical mystery that captures an era unlike any America has seen before or since in all its moral complexity and dizzying excitement.
Praise for David O. Stewarts Historical Mysteries:
TerrificThe books fun part is its name game, as familiar historic figures mingle with made-up charactersThe storylines dangling threads are braided into a tight, clever finish, worthy of a vintage spy caper or 007s own playbook. Now which president will Stewart select for his next escapade --The Washington Post on The Wilson Deception
This fast-paced and smartly researched first novel is astonishingly good, complete with sharp and colorful characters, nicely drawn by Stewart, who in his other self is a lawyer-turned-historian. --Bloomberg News on The Lincoln Deception
Dense with detail and intrigue, making a hearty read for conspiracy addicts. --Library Journalon The Lincoln Deception
Stewart deftly depicts the mood of an era and the colorful figures who shaped it. --Publishers Weekly on The Wilson Deception