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The Perfect Game
by Leslie Kirby

Published: 2015-03-03
Paperback : 338 pages
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Lauren Rose has recently moved to Phoenix to begin a new life as she starts a prestigious emergency medicine residency, but she could end up doing life in the Arizona State penitentiary instead.



Lauren has always lived in the shadow of her more glamorous sister Liz, the wife of baseball ...
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Introduction

Lauren Rose has recently moved to Phoenix to begin a new life as she starts a prestigious emergency medicine residency, but she could end up doing life in the Arizona State penitentiary instead.



Lauren has always lived in the shadow of her more glamorous sister Liz, the wife of baseball superstar Jake Wakefield. But when Liz is found viciously murdered in her Scottsdale home, the spotlight turns to Lauren as prime suspect in the high-profile investigation.



Having lost both parents at an early age, Liz’s death leaves Lauren all alone in a new city. Jake’s support proves invaluable as she navigates the nightmare her life has become. As Lauren spends time with Jake, they develop a closeness that she finds both comforting and confusing. It’s an intimacy forged by their shared grief, their mutual love of baseball, and by the thrill of him pitching a perfect game for the Diamondbacks.



Meanwhile, the Scottsdale police repeatedly question Lauren. She objects to a lie detector test as bad science. An arrest warrant is issued. The ensuing trial leads the evening news every night as a rabid public just can’t get enough of the sordid proceedings, quickly dubbed The Trial of the Millennium. Will the outcome be influenced by this media circus?



The Perfect Game is Leslie Dana Kirby’s compelling debut novel.

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We discussed relationships of the characters and their believabilty in the realm of the author being a clinical psychologist.
Discuss the role the news media plays in celebrity crime.
What justice served?
by marcid (see profile) 06/15/16

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An ER doctor is doing her residency in Phoenix near where her sister now lives. They have been close. Sister is married to superstar baseball pitcher. She is murdered. Husband and then sister become prime suspects.
by marcid (see profile) 06/15/16
This is written by a clinical psychologist so relationships are explored as well as response to tragedy. It it was inspired by news stories and had an OJ Simpson factor to it. Intriguing but the trial sequence was too long and dragged the story down.

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  "The Perfect Game"by marcid (see profile) 06/15/16

I would give this 2 1/2 stars between liking it and not liking it with these critiques. This is a first novel and reads as such. For parts of it you have to suspend belief. We found the me... (read more)

 
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