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Author’s Inspiration ~ David O. Stewart #HistFic #HistoricalMystery #Giveaway @hfvbt
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The Babe Ruth Deception
As the Roaring Twenties get under way,
corruption seems everywhere–from the bootleggers flouting Prohibition to the
cherished heroes of the American Pastime now tarnished by scandal. Swept up in
the maelstrom are Dr. Jamie Fraser and Speed Cook…
Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat, is having a
record-breaking season in his first year as a New York Yankee. In 1920, he will
hit more home runs than any other team in the American League. Larger than life
on the ball field and off, Ruth is about to discover what the Chicago White Sox
players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series are learning–baseball heroes
are not invulnerable to scandal. With suspicion in the air, Ruth’s 1918 World
Series win for the Boston Red Sox is now being questioned. Under scrutiny by
the new baseball commissioner and enmeshed with gambling kingpin Arnold
Rothstein, Ruth turns for help to Speed Cook–a former professional ballplayer
himself before the game was segregated and now a promoter of Negro
baseball–who’s familiar with the dirty underside of the sport.
Cook in turn enlists the help of Dr. Jamie
Fraser, whose wife Eliza is coproducing a silent film starring the Yankee
outfielder. Restraint does not come easily to the reckless Ruth, but the
Frasers try to keep him in line while Cook digs around.
As all this plays out, Cook’s son Joshua and
Fraser’s daughter Violet are brought together by a shocking tragedy. But an
interracial relationship in 1920 feels as dangerous as a public scandal–even
more so because Joshua is heavily involved in bootlegging. Trying to protect
Ruth and their own children, Fraser and Cook find themselves playing a
Once again masterfully blending fact and
fiction, David O. Stewart delivers a nail-biting historical mystery that
captures an era unlike any America has seen before or since in all its moral
complexity and dizzying excitement.
Ruth Deception) cleverly mixes real-life people and historical events. The
problems of the unlikely sleuths will particularly appeal to baseball fans.”
“This is so
much more than a baseball book. There’s a lot of the Babe, but it’s a history
book, a mystery book, a complex book that beautifully details an era in
America. I loved it!”
Tim Kurkjian, ESPN Baseball Contributor and Author
My Ten Best Mystery/Thriller Writers
David O. Stewart
To wrap up my month-long
blog tour marking the paperback launch of my historical mystery, The
Babe Ruth Deception, I want to honor
ten mystery/thriller writers who made me want to write that type of book.The list reflects my tastes, freely
a lot of gore or mass violence.They’re
loving attention to the people in the story, not just the story – unless the
story’s totally amazing.
Ambler – This British espionage writer created dense
atmosphere, quirky characters, and compelling yarns.The early books (Journey
Into Fear, The
Mask of Dimitrios) explore devious men wandering through the world-gone-mad
of fascism and communism.His later
books widened his scope.A favorite is
his last, The
Care of Time(as in “time will
take care of him”).
Steinhauer – I know, I know, this the first writer on my
list who’s still alive.In fact, still
in his 40s.Concentrating on spy
stories, Steinhauer already has produced a great trilogy (loved The
American Spy) and excellent stand-alone books (try The
Cairo Affair).The tension crackles,
the intrigue is compelling.An entire
book told through a single dinner between former colleagues?He pulled it off, beautifully, in All
the Old Knives.
Parker – The Spenser books.I rest my case.One of the few recurring-character series
that I just kept coming back for.They’re so good that they’re still coming out even though Parker died
seven years ago (written by Ace Atkins).The novels go down fast, with the smoothest pacing.Try Early
Autumn or The
Tey – Her novel The
Daughter of Timeshowed that an
investigator could unearth secrets from the historical past (in her case, the
15th-century killing of the princes in the Tower of London).That inspired my first mystery, The Lincoln Deception.Though I haven’t been crazy about her
other books, Daughter of Time is
Conan Doyle – It’s crazy to have him down this low on
the list.Sherlock Holmes will always be
with us.The dog that didn’t bark.There is nothing more deceptive than an
obvious fact.When you have eliminated
the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.Great stuff.
McCarry – Another espionage writer, also alive
(!).McCarry’s first novel, The Miernik
Dossier, was extraordinary.His
novel about the Kennedy assassination, The
Tears of Autumn,is the best
guess I’ve seen as to what happened in Dallas in November 1963.
That’s my list so
far.Great writers didn’t make the
cut:Raymond Chandler, John D.
MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, Agatha Christie.Hey, it’s MY list.Who’s on yours?
Stewart is the author of the
Fraser/Cook mystery series, The Lincoln Deception (2013), The Wilson
Deception (2015), and The Babe Ruth
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David O. Stewart, formerly a lawyer, writes fiction
and history. His first historical work told the story of the writing of the
Constitution (“The Summer of 1787”). It was a Washington Post Bestseller and
won the Washington Writing Prize for Best Book of 2007. His second book
(“Impeached”), grew from a judicial impeachment trial he defended before the
United States Senate in 1989. “American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to
Jefferson’s America” explored Burr’s astounding Western expedition of 1805-07
and his treason trial before Chief Justice John Marshall. “Madison’s Gift: Five
Partnerships That Built America” debuted in February 2015. He has received the
2013 History Award of the Society of the Cincinnati and the 2016 William
Prescott Award for History Writing from the National Society of the Colonial
Dames of America.
Stewart’s fiction career began with the release of
“The Lincoln Deception,” an historical novel exploring the John Wilkes Booth
conspiracy. “The Wilson Deception,” the sequel, is set at the Paris Peace
Conference in 1919. “The Babe Ruth Deception” occurs during the Babe’s first
two years with the Yankees while he remade baseball and America began the
modern era with Prohibition, bootlegging, and terrorism.