Item description for Kill the Umpire: The Calls of Ed Gorgon by Jon L. Breen...
ONE . . . TWO . . . THREE STRIKES . . . YOU'RE DEAD . . . (At the Old Ball Game)
For more than 30 years, Jon L. Breen has been quietly creating the finest series of sports mysteries in the history of fictional detecting -- classical puzzlers featuring major league umpire, Ed Gorgon, as the amateur sleuth. When a body is found in a bullpen or when a ballplayer impossibly disappears between the ballpark and the showers or when a dying message filled with baseball lingo needs to be interpreted, Ed Gorgon is as effective at solving crimes as he is at calling a ballgame. Kill the Umpire contains 16 cases for the "Horsehide Sleuth," including one written especially for this collection.
Jon L. Breen is the mystery critic for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, and twice winner of the coveted Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America.
New introduction and prefaces to each story by the author, and a checklist of Jon L. Breen's mystery novels and stories. Cover painting by Gail Cross.
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A pleasant diversion. Jul 15, 2004
Except for "J. B. Must Die," contained in a pamphlet that accompanies the limited edition, Kill the Umpire gathers together, for the first time, all of John L. Breen's Ed Gorgon stories, the vast majority of which originally appeared in the pages of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. For those unfamiliar with Mr. Gorgon, be informed that he is a major league umpire and amateur sleuth who, over the past three plus decades, has become involved in almost as many murder investigations as Jessica Fletcher. In each, his keen insights and acute powers of observation have provided key evidence leading to the identification of the guilty parties, causing no end of consternation and amazement to friends and enemies alike.
As Breen opines in his introduction, the stories occupy "mystery fiction's Main Street: the pure classical fair-play detective story, as practiced by Golden Age writers like Ellery Queen, John Dickson Carr, and Helen McCloy," and "kept alive today" by notables such as Edward D. Hoch. Kill the Umpire contains fifteen previously published examples of why Breen is recognized as a master of the form, plus a new story, "Instant Replay," which proves he and Gorgon still have the moves. As such, each provides a pleasant, all too brief diversion for readers.