Baker & Taylor When a beautiful blonde accuses basketball superstar Ellis "Fresh" Adair and his teammate of rape, the Knicks management calls in investigator DiMaggio to uncover the truth about a case complicated by vicious lies and violence. A first novel. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.
Blackwell North Amer Hannah Carey had acted the scene out many times before. Only now she wasn't acting. Now she had worked up her nerve and was walking into a Connecticut police station to accuse the greatest basketball player in the world - Ellis "Fresh" Adair - of rape. Fresh and his best friend, Richie Collins, also accused of the brutal crime, declare their innocence. But Hannah is just as convincing in her depiction of the unforgivable act. When the media gets hold of the story, all hell breaks loose - particularly since tabloid newshound Marty Perez sees the exploitable scandal as his one-way ticket back to the top of New York celebrityhood. Lives - of both the accused and the accuser - are on the verge of being ruined. The truth is shrouded in a cloud of rumors, innuendo, and manipulative lies. Then there's a little matter of murder... and that's when things really get complicated. Enter DiMaggio. Onetime journeyman baseball catcher, ex-lawyer, and pretty fair jazz piano player, he's now an investigator specializing in the world of sports. It's a world where drugs, sex scandals, and violence seem to play a bigger part than the games themselves, so when DiMaggio is called in by the New York Knicks, he's told to let the chips fall where they may, and to find out what the hell is going on.