Book Review: A Pitch for Justice by Harold Kasselmancategories: Book, Courtroom Drama, Murder Trial, Unwritten Code Baseball, Legal Thriller, Sports Fiction, Phillies, Mets, Legal Fiction, Legal Suspense, Sports Psychology, Baseball Novels, Baseball Fiction
Harold Kasselmanabout this book: What if the unimaginable happened and a major league pitcher threw a pitch that fatally beaned an opposing batter? Would there be an outcry for a criminal prosecution? If so, what would the charge be? What if the manager of the team ordered retaliation and the rookie pitcher felt pressure from his teammates? Are all or some responsible? Or was the pitch thrown merely to send a message rather than to cause serious injury?
The idea for my novel came after watching the feud between the Phillies and the Mets from 2006-2010. I wondered what would happen if things got totally out of hand. In baseball history only one batter died from a pitched ball. There was never a criminal investigation of any substance. But would that be true today in contrast to the death in 1920?
The book examines how a criminal prosecution would develop from the beginning through the trial. The impact upon the game of baseball itself is immeasurable because the code of baseball including the rule of retaliation is put on trial.
There is grand jury corruption, and a widow who will stop at nothing to coerce a murder prosecution and to get justice at any costs. The defense must somehow convince the jury that the death was a risk of the game and that the pitch was intended only as a message pitch and not to cause serious injury. Veteran sports columnist Robert D'Angelo of the Tampa Herald calls it "a fascinating and compelling novel."
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A very engrossing and realistic legal dramaThis is not a stock legal novel. It is unique and thought provoking. It raises an interesting question about the customs of sport and when they cross the line into criminality. This is well paced, there are twists and turns and the suspense builds to the satisfying ending. [by Sean Conley]
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