Friday, September 14, 2012

Payback Time

Payback Time
by Carl Deuker
Through the eyes of a distinctly non-athletic protagonist—a fat high school journalist named Mitch—veteran sports novelist Deuker reveals the surprising truth behind a mysterious football player named Angel. When Angel shows up Lincoln High, he seems to have no past—or at least not one he is willing to discuss. Though Mitch gets a glimpse of Angel's incredible talent off the field, Angel rarely allows himself to shine on the field. Is he an undercover cop, wonders Mitch? Or an ineligible player? In pursuit of a killer story, Mitch decides to find out just who this player is and what he's done. In the end, the truth surprises everyone. (description from

I was really surprised at what this book was actually about when I finally read it.  Working in the library, I've shelved this book a bunch of times and I've even given it to guys looking for sports reads.  I guess I just never actually read the full description on the book.  *slaps forehead*

Sure the cover looks like it's a book about football, right?  Well...that's wrong.  I mean, it does have to do with football, but only in a small way.  This book is actually more of a mystery with a main character who dreams of being a big-time reporter someday.  Mitch is a pretty normal guy. When he teams up with his hot sports photographer co-worker, though, he ends up becoming a somewhat ballsy "Dick Tracy" kind of guy. I admired his determination. 

Though sadly the ending wraps up a little too quickly and felt a little "ho-hum," I really liked the character build up and tone of the rest of the book.  ...and I still can't believe how off I was about this book, LOL!

Full disclosure: Borrowed from my library

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