When Algy Temple, pool player, sleuth and Ivy League university lawyer, investigates the highly suspicious death of a retired university don, his contemporaneous involvement in a high stakes pool tournament in Providence becomes a tiresome, contentious obligation that must be endured. As he delves into the life of the deceased, he unexpectedly finds himself on a path that leads him to Rome, the vendetta-ridden Boot of Italy and into a haunted past of corruption and conspiracy with a linkage to the tournament, gambling, shylocks, and mobsters unexpected even in Providence where old world shadows hang heavy in the air.
Add an abduction, a Ponzi, an outraged Italo-American community locked in a culture war with the University, a hustler’s last gambit for recognition, and a fiancé focused on their wedding in two weeks, his investigation becomes a match of wits with a dead man, and a pool wager of life and death. (J.J. Partridge)
About The Author
An astute observer of academia politics and politicians, and pool, J.J. PARTRIDGE‘s novels illuminate academic sensibilities and campus foibles, political turf wars and ethnic tensions, civic sleaziness, gaming’s relationship with Native Americans, and particularly the murky world of the sport of pool, both amateur and professional. “Carom Shot” and “Straight Pool” are the prior titles in the Algy Temple mysteries; “Scratched” continues the series. J.J. Patridge’s distinguished career practicing law provides experience with Providence’s high times and low lifes.