RARA-AVIS: The Confession and The Spoiler

From: T. Kent Morgan ( tkmorgan@shaw.ca)
Date: 14 Nov 2005

I finished reading Stansberry's The Confession early this morning and confess that I don't know how I feel about it. Based on the earlier comments on this list about the uproar on the Dorothy-L list and the need by several list members to talk about the conclusion without using a spoiler, I had put off reading it until last night. Despite knowing how the book would end, I still found myself wondering about Jack Danser as his story unfolded so give Mr. Stansberry full marks for his ability to keep me reading until the early hours.

Has anyone read and commented on his baseball mystery, The Spoiler? I purchased it in hardcover and read it back in 1988 so don't remember much about it other than it was dark and not typical baseball fiction. I pulled my copy off the shelf today and realized that it may qualify as noir. The main character is a a reporter, who, according to the dust jacket, wants to forget "his own haunted past" but is approached by a mysterious woman. He can't resist the woman or her stories and "although each mistrusts the other, their strange courtship begins." The final line on the DJ - he pursues his destiny straight through to the end.

Any comments on this early book, Mr. Stansberry?

Kent Morgan

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