My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A washed up and dejected baseball pitcher named Whip Stark now lives in a makeshift trailer court in the Arizona desert with an oddball bunch of trailer tenants. When a friend’s amputated hand appears on his doorstep he puts on his amateur detective cap and gets involved in a complex web of murders, drug cartels, and baseball scandals. A female TV reporter ends up partnering with smart-alecky Whip and I really liked the witty banter between them. The subtle and clever humor throughout the whole book is a real joy. Whip Stark is a terrific character with an interesting backstory that explains how a young baseball phenom ended up in a rundown desert trailer - and he also loves the same vintage crime books that I do. Nicely plotted and paced and entertaining as hell. I loved it. Recommended.