RARA-AVIS: Re: Noir sports...

From: cptpipes2000 ( cptpipes@hotmail.com)
Date: 21 Feb 2008

Pelecanos has included sports action in a number of his books. The best example is The Sweet Forever, in which the NCAA basketball tournament is a backdrop. Of course, this comes with a devastating coda at the end of the book.

Shame the Devil, Hell to Pay and The Nigh Gardener all include chapters where the outcome of a game is meant to provide some suspense.

There is a Robert B. Parker book that involves point shaving in college basketball and one of the earliest Spenser books involved gambling in baseball.

Richard Abshire's The Dallas Drop includes quite a bit of action from the world of indoor soccer involving a team I grew up watching, the Dallas Sidekicks.

And who could forget "Fat Dog" Baker, the caddy who set's Ellroy's Brown's Requiem in motion?

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