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Inhaltsangabe: With no offers to buy his defending World Series Champion baseball team, business magnate Harry Hvide orders his people to drastically slash payroll. Their plan is predicated on trading superstar Richie Johnson and his sixty-six million dollar contract. But when it is revealed Richie Johnson is untradeable, Harry Hvide orders his most trusted lieutenant to somehow get it done. A week after nixing a complicated deal, Richie Johnson is shot outside a Miami strip club. His injury prevents him from playing baseball but his contract is indemnified against disability. An insurance investigator, formerly the star detective of the Miami Dade Police Department, is assigned to the claim. Nicknamed Miami's Sherlock Holmes, Stanley Starfish sees the case as a chance to restore his reputation and get his life back on track. His investigation, however, leads him to the most powerful forces in South Florida. A Difficult Trade takes many fascinating twists and turns before concluding with a surprise ending. In this, his first novel of a planned series, Sam Leonard displays not only his storytelling ability but gives an insider's view into the real world of big business and baseball.

From Publishers Weekly: This debut novel is a gripping blend of high-stakes sports and lethal mystery. With a plot taken right off Miami's sports pages, Panisch spins a complex web of greed, arrogance, desperation and good detective work as the defending World Series champions, the National League's Florida Sailfish, take some extreme measures to trim their lineup and cut salaries. The team owner, Harry Hvide, is a stand-up guy who earned billions hauling garbage and renting videos, but now he is saddled with an overpriced baseball team that loses money every year. To sell the team, Harry must get rid of Dick "Don't Call Me Ritchie" Johnson, a home-run-hitting outfielder with a $66 million contract and a no-trade clause. Johnson is also a whining prima donna with no loyalty or morals, and is enthusiastically hated by management, coaches, teammates and fans. Greg Barrett, an associate of Harry's, comes up with a private plan to put Johnson on the disabled list permanently, but he is not the only one with a reason to want Johnson tagged out. Enter Stanley Starfish, a brilliant, tenacious detective who looks like a choirboy, which is why everyone foolishly underestimates him. However, no one's plan works out as expected, and the twists and turns provide some delightful surprises. Panisch writes like a baseball insider, with intimate knowledge of team financing, trade and contract negotiations, player-management relations and the not-always-admirable personalities of the players. From the boardroom to the locker-room, and from Miami's South Beach to Little Havana, this is a superb sports yarn with a line-drive pace and a colorful scorecard of pampered athletes and nervous executives. (Nov.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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