RARA-AVIS: Hockey in Mysteries

From: T. Kent Morgan ( tkmorgan@shaw.ca)
Date: 01 Sep 2004

Here are some additions to the titles posted to date.

Cross Check - Janice Law - 1997 Blueline Murder - James Moffatt - 1970 The Pro #2 Death in the Crease - Richard Curtis - 1975 Night Sins - Tami Hoag - 1996

The first three all revolve around hockey while the Hoag thriller begins with a young boy disappearing from outside a rink in a small Minnesota community after a hockey practice.

A poster mentioned a hockey plotline in Steve Hamilton's Winter of the Wolf Moon. Clearly Hamilton has little idea about hockey as he has former baseball catcher Alex McKnight putting on the goal pads for the first time and "stoning" a team of high-level players in a game. This leads to a confrontation in a bar following the game between McKnight and the opposition's star player that kicks off the storyline. As a long-time hockey player, I can guarantee that a team of "ordinary" players would score almost at will against a goalie with little skating and no goaltending experience. These guys were supposedly experienced players who were very upset because they couldn't score on McKnight. It ruined the book for me.

I have some Jason Starr books (Fake I.D. and Nothing Personal) in my TBR stack in my basement, but Tough Luck is missing. Will have to find it to add to my hockey fiction collection. And for the poster who asked if any of the Mike Lupica sports mysteries included hockey, the answer is no. The Emma Lathen hockey title is Murder Without Icing - 1972.

Kent Morgan getting his equipment ready for another season in Winnipeg

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