Matthew S. Hiley; BASEBALL DADS; Greenleaf Book Group Press (Fiction: General) 16.95 ISBN: 9781626342033
Byline: Scott Neuffer
American Psycho meets Little League baseball in this delightfully disturbing satire.
There's a popular saying about the Lone Star State that shows up on bumper stickers from time to time: "Don't mess with Texas." It's a warning unheeded by Fort Worth satirist Matthew S. Hiley. In his outrageous new novel, Baseball Dads, Hiley takes a bat to Texan high society. And a tire iron. And a chain saw. The narrative amounts to a middle-aged man's sex-crazed, drug-fueled, gore-drenched revenge fantasy. It is a depraved and grotesque story. It's also addictively entertaining, and funny as hell.
Hiley writes his main character, Dwayne Devero, and his band of misfit friends as decent, if juvenile, men trying to get their kids better positions on a baseball team in the well-to-do suburbs of Fort Worth. What begins as mere commentary on the community's materialistic and hypocritical nature takes a psychopathic turn when Devero and his "Jedi alliance" decide to mete out justice on their own terms. Imagine if instead of on Wall Street, American Psycho were set in the competitive world of children's baseball.
Hiley's dark, irreverent humor isn't...