When his shady business partner, Gene, dies rounding the bases during a baseball game during their Friday-night league, Joe’s simple life is met with a hectic, threatening series of events that force him to confront the ghosts of his past and make life-altering decisions about the present in this moving story from the author of the bestselling novel Drive Like Hell.
Somewhere between incarceration and sainthood is Joe Rice, a man who relishes peace, painkillers, and his Friday-night baseball league. But when his business partner drops dead in the middle of a game, he is confronted by a suburban ex-mobster, his entrepreneurial son, and a gun-toting minister searching for a three-million-dollar Babe Ruth baseball bat that Joe knows nothing about.
Trying to save his business from his dead partner’s mountain of debt, crime, and craziness, Joe is forced to face the ghosts of his pasts as his murdered uncle and mentally unstable mother interfere with his attempts to move forward. While dealing with the pain of the past, Joe is faced with navigating the space between the two women he cares about and what the future will look like for all of them.
This raucous and moving story of love and baseball is a wild ride of a novel about a troubled man, the troubled women who love him, and a legendary baseball bat that could either save their lives or get them killed.
Dallas Hudgens is a native of Georgia. He is the author of the novel Drive Like Hell and has contributed to The Washington Post and online at FANZINE (www.thefanzine.com). He lives in Virginia with his wife and two sons. For more information, visit www.drivelikehell.com