Edited by: Otto Penzler
This book of football stories, including one about rugby, Europe's football, includes the mastery of David Baldacci in the lead story, The Mighty Johns. Football in college includes mystery and a long ago disappearance of the ultimate star of the Draven University football team. Tor North, brilliant science student and football player looks for the answers and the result is very close to home.
Additionally, Super Bowl Sunday and its importance to the teams and the fans enters several of our stories - including A SUNDAY IN JANUARY and NO THING. More college ball is the theme when college rivalries are at stake. MIT and Harvard have a rivalry, and when Harvard plays Yale, MIT wants the glory. What they do to top last year's prank is worth the read.
The naughty boys of football are the topics of THE EHRENGRAF REVERSE, THE ARCANE RECEIVER, HOLLYWOOD SPRING AND AXLE, GONE TO THE DAWGS AND RUMORS OF GRAVITY. Murder, theft, gunshots, larceny, drugs and more bad behavior are the best of football mystery.
GOOD SEATS, GONE DOWN TO CORPUS, WHATEVER IT TAKES TO WIN and SEMI-PRO are darker revenge stories of getting even at any cost. The people, the players, and football are merged into human ego and animal cunning.
Finally, THE END OF INNOCENCE by Anne Perry, recalls the days just before WWI and a rugby match between friends and acquaintances before the troops head off to war. The end of an era, the end of relationships and the adjustment of friendships come together in this tale of family pride and protection.
The Mighty Johns David Baldacci
Introduction: The Best of the Rest Otto Penzler
The Ehrengraf Reverse Lawrence Block
Semi-Pro James Crumley
A Sunday in January Brendan DuBois
Whatever It Takes to Win Tim Green
Good Seats Colin Harrison
Gone Down to Corpus Dennis Lehane
No Thing Mike Lupica
The Empire Strikes Back Brad Meltzer
The Arcane Receiver Carol OConnell
The End of Innocence Anne Perry
Hollywood Spring and Axle Gary Phillips
Gone to the Dawgs Peter Robinson
Rumors of Gravity John Westermann