Sudden Death

Rated 4.31/5 based on 16 reviews
"You like golf, you like murder mysteries - then Sudden Death is your book!" James Patterson

"Pure fun, pur intrigue. the action never stops till a fascinating climax!" Clive Cussler More
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About Michael Balkind

Michael Balkind is the author of the Deadly Sports Mysteries as well as other novels. His novels are endorsed by literary greats including James Patterson, Clive Cussler, John Lescroart, Wendy Corsi Staub & Tim Green. He has appeared on ESPN's The Pulse and Sportsnet's Daily News Live and was featured on the cover of Publishers Weekly. He has co-hosted and is a regular guest on The Clubhouse radio show. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America and The Metropolitan Golf Writers Association. Balkind graduated from Syracuse University and currently resides in New York.

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Reviews of Sudden Death by Michael Balkind

R Ralan reviewed on Jan. 28, 2016
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If you like to read about pro golf and celebrity high-life, this is the book for you.

If you want escapism with a puzzling mystery and manly hero to admire, look elsewhere.
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Carol reviewed on April 26, 2014

This is more of a suspense novel rather than a mystery. The main character is interesting and the golf setting is different.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)
Christoph Fischer reviewed on April 9, 2013

When I started "Sudden Death" by Michael Balkind I expected a straight forward murder mystery set in golf circles. I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a bit more to the book.
First of all I have to say that I loved the setting, since I have many golf playing friends and neighbours who follow the sport closely and so I have become familiar with the tournaments and the expressions. All that is peculiar and odd about golf players is brilliantly depicted in the portrayal of the main character and drawn into the sports world most tension and suspense seemed to be coming from the games, the teams and the rivalry instead of murder.
The title character is hunted by the press and has a hate for all things paparazzi and is widely hated for his temper. He receives a death thread and so we wait for the execution of this death foretold.
When I found on my kindle that after twenty percent there was still no sign of this murder I was starting to get restless, expecting a murder at any given moment and at every corner and became to appreciate the suspense of a death foretold. I naturally cannot tell you when the murder happens, how and what happens after, that would be spoiling the fun, but rest assured that this book will keep you on the edge of your seat in any case.
Besides the tension that permeates the book there is also some surprising depth to the way some characters develop throughout the book and the main characters are backed up by an excellent supporting cast.
I am very glad I picked this book.
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Liz Carter reviewed on Nov. 6, 2011

Great work. I liked this thriller, and love the entertainment thrillers such as it provide.
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Max Kruger reviewed on Oct. 30, 2011

I found this a perfect entertainment, and read. I will read it again.
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Matt Eliason reviewed on Aug. 25, 2011
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sorry, gave up at chapter 27, waiting for the story to start. I take back my one star. Dreadful.
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Matt Eliason reviewed on Aug. 21, 2011

I am currently 44% of the way through the book and have come to the conclusion it is not the novelist Clive Cussler that endorsed it. So far the story has been plodding (certainly NO hint of a "sharp, fast murder-mystery'" as claimed by one reviewer) and overly descriptive of matters that will have no bearing on the plot *once it starts*. Describing what meals were ordered at every meal certainly only made me feel hungry.

The first half of the book could easily be edited to remove 80% of the content.

I will plod through the final half and update the review, but up till this time the content indicates a very beginner novelist with friends to write praise about the book.
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RJ Parker reviewed on Aug. 4, 2011

I found this book so good, and enjoyed the charactors, that I purchased Dead Ball and read it right away. Excellent books and I will add this author to my collection of favorites.
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James Mendell reviewed on July 16, 2011

What a pleasant surprise! I don't like golf at all, but that didn't stop me from enjoying this book! Highly entertaining and difficult to put down.
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gotmud reviewed on June 26, 2011

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