He has two best friends named, Mike and Other Mike. Lenny and his two friends, Mike and Other Mike, are big Phillies fans (well, Other Mike is really more interested in his computer and a series of books about warlocks, but he plays along). From the beginning his methods are clever and he doesn't leave many clues behind. ISBN The three main characters in the book are Lenny, Mike, and other Mike. Lenny is a HUGE Phillies fan, his dream is being an announcer for the Phillies. A weak hitter in his own distant playing days, Campy had devoted long hours on the bench to studying his superiors at the plate. While the millionaire players battle it out for even more compensation, the fans are left to suffer the consequences of their discontent. It's what I can do you." Grow Your Child's Library with Top Young Reader Series, 50% Off All Funko Wetmore Forest POP!, Plush, and More, Knock Knock Gifts, Books & Office Supplies, Buy One, Get One 50% Off Holiday Boxed Cards, Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser. Harvey sent Stan Crop's next pitch through the humid dusk of August into Rankle Park's utterly empty left field upper deck. To be honest I don't like baseball. In Three Strikes and You're Dead by Michael A. Draper baseball players and their teams can't agree on contracts. Baseball goes on strike...and the fans are not happy. It was a matter of pride to Harvey that after six years of being approached by hustlers, hot-shot investment counselors, and all the shades of manipulators in between, there weren't any pieces of him missing. Can the murderer be stopped? only trillionaire, Henry Peel, did not make his fortune by being a fool. Sept. 30, 2020. Lenny is sure that the pitcher was murdered and is determined to figure out who did it. Can you imagine the nerve of those guys? Ronnie ran a thumbnail coated with clear polish over a red stone. While the millionaire players battle it out for even more compensation, the fans … Look, this is quality merch." Michael Draper is an Internet book friend and he requested a review of his latest book Three Strikes and You’re Dead. Still, there was logic to the name: the team's owner and president, Marshall Levy, was the founder of Pro-Gem, the biggest costume jewelry concern in a state that had the biggest costume jewelry industry in the country. Knopf Books for Young Readers I think that the author did a very good job describing everything. He threw a pitch that landed closer to me in the announcer's booth than to the catcher. The Vindicator concocts a plan to murder baseball’s highest paid players and so far the count is Vindicator up two, Baseball players, minus two. One member, "The Vindicator," decides to take action to end the strike, and soon some of the highest paid baseball players are being murdered. On the mound, Bobby Wagner, who had been struggling for most of the season, heaved a sigh. "Hum babe, Harv babe, come to the pitch, you're the one," chanted Campy Strulowitz, who was leaning against the cage. google_ad_width = 300; He is wearing a helmet that matches the Mikes. By game time, there were only six thousand people in the park, and the Jewels ran out on the field to thin applause. I guess I can empathize with the reasoning, not the actual deed of killing the players. Javascript is not enabled in your browser. Thirty feet from the dirt warning track, he looked up to see that he had beaten the ball to its destination by a split second, allowing him to catch it with an effortless twitch of his glove. • Do you agree that many professional ball players today are overpaid and that this is spoiling the sport for the average fan? "You interested in a gross of necklaces, real nice merch, the kind that every month's got a different stone? Lenny and his two friends, Mike and Other Mike, are big Phillies fans (well, Other Mike is really more interested in his computer and a series of books about warlocks, but he plays along). (To illustrate how strong the murder mystery is here, if structured a little differently, it is easy to see how the storyline could be adapted for an adult crime novel.) One prime suspect is the myster. Strike Three You’re Dead by Josh Berk is a mystery book Strike Three You’re dead, takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Privacy Policy Start by marking “Strike Three, You're Dead (Lenny & the Mikes, #1)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. It's been looking pretty good to me. "Gee, that kid Wilton can sure hit," he said. If I was you, Professor, I'd give 'em to your lady friends." ", Harvey looked at the necklace in his fingers as if surprised to find it there. When a young pitching star dies suddenly on the mound in the first inning, Lenny loses his chance to announce a game but finds himself too embroiled in the mystery to really care. He and his friends become determined to figure out what went wrong because although doctors said it was a heart attack, the boys suspect something more dark and murderous is going on. Harvey bobbed his head in the direction of a paperback book poking out of Rudy's back pocket. Ronnie Mateo stood in his usual pre-game spot in the first row by the Jewels' dugout, one spindly leg poised on top of the low wall separating the seats from the field. ", "And I don't blame you," Harvey said, starting to turn. 3.5 stars. He has two best friends named, Mike and Other Mike. The news is constantly filled with stories of the disagreements between professional athletes and the franchises or leagues that they play for. Lenny Norbeck is a die-hard baseball lover. In fact, he's so good that he won a contest to announce the 6th inning of a Phillie's game. The Jewels, who needed a big name on their pitching staff, had traded four players for him even though he was now playing out the last year of his old Baltimore contract and would be eligible to become a free agent in the fall. This will be a great book for reluctant readers. It amused him because his older brother Norman was a real professor—of English, at Northwestern. "What the hell would I do with them?". How to be charismatic – backed by science Part baseball story and part mystery, Berk’s latest is a thrilling and hilarious romp that’s hard to put down. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Mysterious Reviews Walks, wild pitches, singles, and doubles. "But I like this guy Gatsby. Maybe farting a, Lenny is a doofus that is easy to love. When a 19-year-old upcoming pitcher drops dead on the mound, Lenny and the Mikes decide to solve the mystery of his death. Loudly. Can the murderer be stopped? "Whyn't you just choke on your chaw and die," Steve said, stalking off. His smile showed a fringe of tiny teeth. To create our... To see what your friends thought of this book, Strike Three, You're Dead (Lenny & the Mikes, #1), Every time I would read this book around other people, I embarrassed myself by laughing and/or snorting aloud. Blog. Don't let the title discourage you, there is pretty much no description of death. He gets a lot of practice sitting with his best friends, Mike and Other Mike, watching Phillies games from their lawn couch—a sweet outdoor TV arrangement Mike's dad hooked them up with. Rosen has a deadly eye for detail.” —Newsday “One of the best sports detective novels of all time!” —The Denver Post, ©1997-2020 Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc. 122 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011. "Yessir, Professor." Tell your mother it's from Ronnie Mateo, who's a big fan of her son.". Acknowledgment: Random House provided a copy of Strike Three You're Dead for this review. This is a fast pace, murder mystery. One of the player dies. He hit a guy in the foot. He was throwing around a lot of leather in center field. He hunkered down in an imitation of Harvey's batting stance, his fists raised to grasp an imaginary bat. At the batting cage, Steve Wilton, the Jewels' right fielder, and Roger Kokis of the White Sox were discussing a woman who was sitting in the boxes behind third base. One of my all-time favorites. The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin will be released on February 9, 2010. He walked across center field toward the mound, pulling abreast of Harvey, who accompanied him part of the way. ", "What is he—some kind of low-grade fence? Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser. "But this guy creamed the slider last time I showed it to him. When he finds out that there is contest that if you win you can get to be the armchair announcer at a Phillies game Lenny signs up right away. ", "At least someone on the team is." Three Strikes and You're dead by Michael A. Daper. It seemed to consist entirely of outskirts—a sad city where a Mercedes or a tuxedo was as incongruous as a camellia bush in a vacant lot. Actually, the lower grandstands were never that crowded either. Over his head, Rankle Park's new electronic scoreboard commended the play by flashing "A GEM" in rapidly increasing sizes. Welcome back. He was having the time of his life announcing, but then his favorite pitcher drops dead on the mound. When one, down-on-his-luck, bitter, average Joe deci. Lenny enters, and wins, a contest to be a big league announcer for an inning, by resurrecting an old-timer who has the all time worst ERA in baseball. The players want more money and the teams want to pay them less. Start by marking “Three Strikes and You're Dead;” as Want to Read: Error rating book. $16.99 It involves three very likable characters who find themselves pursuing private investigation after having solved a personal complex case. We’d love your help. ", "He tried to sell me some color TVs once. Unfortunately, he's no player himself (according to him, he's "the worst there ever was.") He registered the trajectory of the ball, then turned and put his head down and sprinted toward the wall.