The title of this book is Fan and is written by author Peter Abrahams. The book Fan is published by Little, Brown Book Group. The ISBN of this book is 9780751516753 and the format is Paperback. The publisher has not provided a book description for Fan by Peter Abrahams.
(178mm x 110mm x mm)
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This powerful suspense novel revolves around two characters: a baseball superstar who falls upon hard times after joining a new team; and an intense fan whose obsession turns from awe-struck admiration to vengeful hatred. Abrahams has produced a steady stream of enjoyable thrillers, but several of these, such as last season's Lights Out (1994), were a bit too convoluted for their own good. This time, he relies on forceful, straight-ahead storytelling, a tale of two fascinating characters set against the backdrop of Major League Baseball. Bobby Rayburn is a great hitter and a perfect example of the self-centered modern athlete. In one defining moment, he buys a new car and is so bored with it by the time he arrives at the stadium - with 18 miles on the odometer - that he's already decided to give it to his wife. Mentally thrown off track because he can't get his lucky uniform number from a teammate and because of his encounter with a dying boy with the same name as his son, he starts the season in a horrendous slump. Worse yet, the light-hitting player wearing the desired number 11 embarks on a career year. Meanwhile, baseball fan Gil Renard, who thinks Rayburn's arrival will mean the pennant for his favorite team, is mired in a lifelong slump. His wife and son have left; he's a failure at his job selling knives for the company his father founded; and he's haunted by his one shining moment of personal baseball glory - in Little League. As Gil goes off the deep end, aided in no small part by falling in with his boyhood catcher, now a hoodlum, his path inevitably merges with Bobby's - and he soon becomes his former hero's deadliest enemy. Both troubled men are terrifyingly believable, as is the violence and fury that eventually surround them. A solid story, with some artful skewering of talk-radio sports shows to boot. This one's better than spring training. (Kirkus Reviews)
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