Season of Lies

Los Angeles Book Festival Award

“I love this book. Baseball continues to serve as a literary metaphor, this time in an era of political conspiracy and hyper-religiosity.” —Dean Haglund, “The X-Files”

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Los Angeles Book Festival Award

A pitcher. A president. Two men become linked by events when the stakes are highest.

The Chicago Cubs have finally won a World Series for the first time since 1908. Now they want to build a baseball dynasty. To do so, they trade for star pitcher Trey Van Ohmann.

Meanwhile, the Cubs’ biggest and best-known fan, Luke Murphy, is running for re-election as President of the United States.

But world events and powerful, unknown forces conspire against them. To succeed, they must overcome terrorism, scandals, and threats to their lives and those around them. The baseball season and a presidential campaign that could be ripped out of today’s headlines intertwine in one fateful October.

In the follow-up to his award-winning novel, Killing the Curse, Dennis Hetzel once again combines sports, politics, thrilling action, and memorable characters in a story you won’t forget.

 

What People Say

“I love this book. Baseball continues to serve as a literary metaphor, this time in an era of political conspiracy and hyper-religiosity.” –Dean Haglund, “The X-Files”

“… a true heart stopper that refuses to let you put it down.”– Andy Furman, Fox Sports Radio and Brooklyn Daily Eagle

“Dennis Hetzel has crafted a riveting political thriller that spills over into baseball in Season of Lies. It is an absorbing novel that keeps the reader on edge from start to finish.”

Hal Bock, Associated Press sports writer and author of multiple baseball books, including The Last Chicago Cubs Dynasty

“First, I did NOT feel like I missed out anything by not reading the first one; followed the story and characters completely, no problems…Also, I loved all of the political machinations and knew I was in good/skilled hands on that front….But I do have to say I was most enamored by the baseball parts. I think it’s because your passion for the game shows through so much. For example, whenever Trey talks about baseball, I was in it and wanted to read more, more, more! — Stephanie Storey, the author of the bestseller, Oil & Marble

Year Published

2017

Author

Dennis Hetzel

ISBN

9781882658947

Cover

Paperback

Size

6 x 9

Pages

352

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About the Author

As a journalist and media executive, Dennis Hetzel has won numerous awards for writing, industry leadership and community service, including the 2003 Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for leadership in coverage of race and diversity issues. Since 2010, he has been president and executive director of the Ohio News Media Association in Columbus, Ohio, and president of the Ohio Coalition for Open Government.​

He began his career as a weekly newspaper sports editor in the Chicago suburbs and has been a reporter, editor, general manager and publisher at newspapers including the Madison, Wis., Capital Times, the Cincinnati Enquirer and the York, Pa., Daily Record, where he was editor and publisher for 13 years. Under his leadership, the York paper won national awards from the Scripps Howard Foundation in public service journalism and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. He also has taught journalism at Penn State and Temple universities.​

Hetzel grew up in the Chicago area and inherited his lifelong affection for and frustration with the Cubs from his late father. He has a degree in political science and a minor in journalism from Western Illinois University, where he met his wife, Cheryl, a school psychologist and guidance counselor. They have three grown children and a home they love in Holden Beach, North Carolina, where he does much of his writing. He welcomes opportunities to do manuscript editing and critiques.

Season of Lies is Dennis Hetzel’s second novel, following the award-winning Killing the Curse in which events precede those that unfold in the latest novel.​

Hetzel also plays guitar and bass in an acoustic trio, “Phil’s Five & Dime,” which includes fellow author Rick Robinson on mandolin. He’s still hoping “this guitar thing” works out when he grows up.

Zoom Into Books Presentations

Not Fake News! Weaving facts into fiction and why it’s so important for thrillers that work. Available on Zoom Into Books YouTube Channel – Click HERE 

  A thriller writer’s search for his birth parents. How Dennis Hetzel solved a lifelong puzzle and what he learned that can help others. – Available HERE on Zoom Into Books YouTube Channel