Book: Players - A Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery (Book 7) by Mike Markelcategories: Book, Crime Fiction, College Football, Brain Injury, LDS, Alcoholism, Murder Mystery
Mike Markelabout this book: The Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery series comprises seven books:
1. Big Sick Heart
3. The Broken Saint
6. The Reveal
Two items in the news led me to the topic of this book. First, I saw a particularly moving report on Frontline on PBS about brain injuries in football players. I was quite saddened to learn that brain injury from concussions and subconcussions can begin as early as high school. I don't know what will happen to high-school and college football, but I suspect that many aspects of the sport will have to be changed in response to our growing awareness of the long-term effects it can have on players.
The second news item related to the role of money in big-time college sports. Football and basketball, the two money sports, do a lot of good for many colleges and universities, as well as for many student-athletes, but the money is often a corrupting force. One of the characters in the book is a bagman: a person who delivers under-the-counter payments and illegal inducements to student-athletes and recruits. The bagman epitomizes the corruption in some college athletics programs.
My protagonist, Detective Karen Seagate, still curses--a lot--and she still gives her partner, Ryan, a hard time. I hope, however, that readers will see that, despite her rough edges, she has a real humanity, and she tries to treat others, especially the less-fortunate souls she comes in contact with, fairly and compassionately. Part of this new-found sensitivity is a result of her experience working with Ryan and the new chief, as well as her largely successful efforts to manage her alcoholism.
I hope you're willing to give Players a try. I think the topic is important--not only for football fans but for anyone who cares about keeping kids safe.
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