Guide to Baseball Novels: P

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Unsuccessful mix of the nostalgic and the hard-boiled. An elaboration of the short story "Harlem Nocturne"; derivative in some ways from Honig. See my review at lection.

Excellent entry in Parker's highly-acclaimed series of detective novels.

Highly sympathetic to Jackson, this first-person narrative fiction covers his years in baseball but emphasizes the long aftermath of the Black Sox scandal.

Final entry in the Hot Zone series of romances that match female publicists with interesting male clients.

Platt's third "Fe-As-Ko" novel, a comic historical Western adventure.

An elaboration of Plimpton's famous joke piece for Sports Illustrated (1 April 1985). The novel is fairly plotless but light in tone, and it provides some laughs along the way. It acknowledges its own debts to stories like Valentine Davies's It Happens Every Spring.

Agreeable, unpretentious historical local-color novel.