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Triple Play by Elizabeth Gunn

Triple Play (1997)

by Elizabeth Gunn

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Another "new-to-me", Gunn writes a spellbinding story about a cop, Jake, who describes his heritage as unknown but seems to imply mongrel. Jake is a detective in a small city in Minnesota. When a call comes in about a strange murder, Jake is on the case. The victim has several odd things about it, a photo of the scene, a missing body part, sitting on home plate at a local softball park, and in an old baseball uniform.

Jake ends up tying himself in knots about why and how and how to answer all the unanswered questions.

I did figure that the killer was close to the case but really didn't have any idea who it might be.

Loved the story, really liked the characters but a little too much graphic violence for me. I'll try the next in the series to see if I can still handle the story. ( )
  bookswoman | Jun 20, 2015 |
A baseball themed murder for this time of year. ( )
  Condorena | Apr 2, 2013 |
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To Phil Gunn, who makes everything possible.
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"Come on," I said, "let's do it now."
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Triple Play by Rhyannon Byrd is unrelated to the book by that title by Elizabeth Gunn. These are two different authors. Rhyannon Byrd has her own site.

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He lives just outside Minneapolis/St. Paul, where the city meets the prairie, where the winters are long, the men are rugged, and a stubborn detective with a murky past is a little out of place.  But Jake Hines has to worry about more than just fitting in: there's a serial killer on the loose.

The first victim was found on home plate in a neighborhood park.  The next wore an old softball uniform and an obscene disfigurement.  While Jake, a man who can solve any mystery except that of his own orphaned past, rummages through the dirty laundry of people's lives, a group of high-tech crime busters descends from the big city--thrilled at the chance to dance with a serial psycho.  But even with a beautiful crime-scene photographer providing a major distraction, Jake takes no pleasure from this hunt.  Because this killer is pulling him relentlessly toward one more murder, one more suspect, and one very bitter truth.  .  .  .

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Bizarre murders occur in Rutherford, Minnesota. In each case the victim is dressed in a baseball uniform and a part of his body is missing. In one case it is the genitals, in another, a hand. Detective Jake Hines goes to work.

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