Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet Street
6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
Monday, September 30 at 6:30pm, Murder by the Book presents John Billheimer. John Billheimer will sign his new book A Player to Be Maimed Later (Five Star; $25.95).Blaze Stender, a retired pitching superstar, asks his old friend Lloyd Keaton to write his biography, hoping that the book will help ensure his election to baseball's Hall of Fame. Keaton starts work on the biography and continues even after Stender turns up missing following a boating accident. He soon discovers, however, that the facts of his old friend's life are at odds with his popular image, and that Stender was keeping some dark secrets, including blackmail payments that could be related to a mysterious death.Stender's widow tries to cancel the biography, fearing it will tarnish her husband's image. But Keaton can't stop following a story, even when it leads to another killing and the reporter himself becomes the target of an unknown assailant.John Billheimer, a native West Virginian, lives in Portola Valley, California. He holds an engineering Ph. D. from Stanford University and is the author of the “funny, sometimes touching,” Owen Allison mystery series set in Appalachia’s coal?elds. The Drood Review voted his ?rst book, The Contrary Blues, one of the ten best mysteries of 1998.Four subsequent novels, Highway Robbery, Dismal Mountain, Drybone Hollow, and Stonewall Jackson’s Elbow, explore road-building scandals, strip mining, phony insurance claims, and bank fraud in the Mountain State. He has also written Baseball and the Blame Game, a non?ction look at scapegoating in the major leagues.More information about the author can be found at his web site, www.johnbillheimer.com.