Work Title: Blackbird, Farewell
Work Author(s): Robert Greer
Hardcover $25.95 (362pp)
Reviewer: Trina Carter
When it comes to telling tales out of school, Damian Madrid is in the perfect position to sense who might know something about the murder of his best friend and teammate Shandell Bird. The college basketball superstar known as Blackbird was killed before he could cash in on his lucrative NBA contract. Damian takes it upon himself to start "running down angles" with the help of a "no-nonsense six-foot-one former combat marine" named Flora Jean Benson who normally works with his mentor, a bondsman, CJ Floyd. But with CJ away on his honeymoon, Damian is able to give into his "desire to play Superman, track down Shandell's killer on his own, and be a campus hero once again." Although his heart's in the right place, his head is confused by the information which turns up---not only was his friend selling performance-enhancing drugs to kids in their Denver neighborhood, but he was apparently also shaving points in the playoffs. It takes Damian a while to figure out that the "game" he's involved in isn't basketball so much as a charade in which Blackbird was playing the part of the ultimate playboy, desired by women and envied by men for his supreme athletic abilities. So who...