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Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery
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Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery
Steve Thomas & Susan Carol Anderson Mystery Series, Book 1
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Danny Jordan is one of two lucky winners of the US Basketball Writer's Association's contest for aspiring journalists. His prize? A trip to New Orleans and a coveted press pass for the Final Four. It's...
Danny Jordan is one of two lucky winners of the US Basketball Writer's Association's contest for aspiring journalists. His prize? A trip to New Orleans and a coveted press pass for the Final Four. It's...
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  • Danny Jordan is one of two lucky winners of the US Basketball Writer's Association's contest for aspiring journalists. His prize? A trip to New Orleans and a coveted press pass for the Final Four. It's a basketball junkie's dream come true!
    But the games going on behind the scenes between the coaches, the players, the media, the money-men, and the fans turn out to be even more fiercely competitive than those on the court. Danny and his fellow winner, Brigid-Ann Robinson, are nosing around the Superdome ad overhear what sounds like a threat to throw the championship game. Now they have just 48 hours to figure out who is blackmailing one of MSU's star players . . . and why.
 

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    Excerpt from chapter 5 of Last Shot by John Feinstein

    “Nothing here,” Susan Carol said. “I guess we–” She stopped in mid-sentence. “Hey, look who’s here.”

    She pointed across the dark, open area to the outside door. Stevie could see a group of young men in purple-and-white sweats coming through the doorway. “Straight down this hall to the end and turn right gentlemen,” someone they couldn’t see was saying. “Your locker room is the first one you come to on your right.”

    “As if they can’t read the signs,” Stevie said.

    “He must have forgotten that they’re student-athletes,” Susan Carol said.

    Stevie laughed. He hated to admit it, but she was kind of funny.

    “Well,” she said. “Should we head–”

    She stopped in mid-sentence again. Stevie turned and saw one final purple-and-white suited player walk through the doorway, peering around as if to make sure no one was there. Stevie recognized the floppy blond hair right away. It was Chip Graber. Right behind him was a man in a charcoal gray suit who was also looking around in a suspicious way. Instinctively, Stevie took Susan Carol’s arm and stepped back so they were hidden behind some rolled up Astroturf.

    Graber and the charcoal suit finally seemed satisfied they were alone, then walked towards the loading dock until they were almost directly below Stevie and Susan Carol–who were both frozen with surprise and curiosity.

    “Okay, Chip, we’ve got about two minutes to get this straight before the press conference,” the suit said. “You can’t get cold feet now.”

    “I never had warm feet,” Chip Graber answered in a stage whisper, still plenty loud enough for Stevie and Susan Carol to hear. “What if I won’t do it?”

    “Then the team gets stripped of all its wins and your father gets fired. We’ve been through this. . . .”

    There was a long silence. Stevie wondered if perhaps the conversation had ended, but there were no signs of movement below. Susan Carol started to open her mouth to say something, but he put a finger to his lips to indicate she should stay silent.

    Just when Stevie thought he was wrong, he heard Graber’s voice again. “This is unbelievable.”

    “Hey, Chip, the world’s a cold place sometimes. Cooperate and you’ll be a millionaire in a couple of months. Your dad will get a big contract extension for making the Final Four. Quit whining, do what you need to do, and we’ll all walk away happy.”

    “But what if we lose Saturday? There’s no guarantee we’ll win that game. Why does it have to be Monday?”

    “That’s not something you need to worry about. You just play your butt off against St. Joe’s and choke against Duke. We’ll take care of the rest.”

    “I’ll get you for this. All of you.”

    “Please. You don’t even know who we are. And if you try anything with me, the roof will fall in on you and your dad. Now let’s go. You’ve got a press conference.”

    This time they could hear footsteps walking away. Stevie and Susan Carol stood stock still for a moment looking at one another.

    “What did we just hear?” she asked finally.

    “Well, unless I’m crazy, we just heard the best player in the country being blackmailed to throw the championship game.”

    “Yeah, that’s what I heard too. But he has...

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  • JOHN FEINSTEIN is the author of many bestselling sports books, including A Season on the Brink and A Good Walk Spoiled. Feinstein worked for the Washington Post as both a political and sports reporter for more than ten years and continues to contribute articles. He is a regular commentator for National Public Radio and Sporting News Radio and an essayist for CBS Sports. He lives with his wife, son, and daughter in Bethesda, MD, and Shelter Island, NY.

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  • AudioFile Magazine This riveting thriller raises interesting moral questions. Stephen Hoye's sensitive narration fits Hurwitz's sympathetic and complex characters to a tee. Hoye's pacing and delivery are excellent, and he smoothly adjusts to accommodate the emotions of both the dialogue and the narrative passages. U.S. Marshall Tim Rackley investigates the daring prison escape of Walker Jameson, a dishonored Marine. As the story unfolds, Rackley uncovers the death of Jameson's sister and discovers its relationship to the dark side of a pharmaceutical company's research on viruses. Hoye portrays an array of characters as the villains are unmasked. S.C.A. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 24, 2005
    Sports and mystery get equal play in sportswriter and adult author Feinstein's (A Season on the Brink
    ) novel set during a Final Four basketball tournament in New Orleans. Taking center court is 13-year-old Stevie, who—along with Susan Carol, another eighth grader—landed tickets and press passes to the weekend's games by winning a writing contest sponsored by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. The story starts slowly with some superfluous dialogue and a surfeit of detail about specific players, coaches, sports writers and announcers. Yet the pace picks up when Feinstein casts the two aspiring young sports journalists in additional roles of sleuths: the pair overhears a man blackmailing Chip Graber, the star player (and son of the coach) of the Minnesota State team to throw the championship game against Duke. Though they can't see the culprit during this conversation, it takes the youngsters no time at all to identify him as a member of MSU's faculty—ironically, an ethics professor. As Stevie and Susan Carol team up with Chip to uncover the intricacies of the blackmail plan—and to try to foil it—the author's plotting entails some fancy footwork that will keep readers on their toes. The minimal on-court action is nonetheless dramatic and briskly paced. Young basketball fans will most appreciate the caper, but mystery buffs will also turn these pages eagerly. Ages 10-up. (Feb.)

    FYI:
    The novel's final page announces a sports-oriented writing contest, the winner of which will receive a trip to the 2005 NCAA men's Final Four championship game.

  • Boston Globe "Last Shot is a brisk novel set in the madness of the NCAA's Final Four. Exceptionally knowledgeable about the college basketball world, Feinstein has a fine time lampooning broadcaster Dick Vitale and the bureaucrats who populate the NCAA itself. The blackmailing plot that unfolds over the course of Final Four weekend threatens a student-athlete who isn't a student, implicates an ethics professor with no ethics, and otherwise introduces to young readers the sleaze beneath the glitter of college basketball's biggest show. Remarkably, Feinstein pokes holes in the illusions without diminishing the excitement of the games themselves as seen through the eyes of two eighth-grade reporters. He writes as if he's having a fine time at the keyboard, and the result will entertain not only young readers, but the oldsters looking over their shoulders as well."
  • Dallas Morning News "Score! That's exactly what author John Feinstein does with this mystery."
  • Bookpage "You'll feel as if you have a courtside seat at the SuperDome. Last Shot is Feinstein's first entry into fiction for young people, and it's an impressive one. The story is intriguing, the dialogue snappy and the finale exciting."

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