Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Perfect Game by Leslie Dana Kirby

Poisoned Pen Press Announces the Upcoming Release of
The Perfect Game by Leslie Dana Kirby:
The Perfect Game will be available nationwide in March

Scottsdale, Arizona – Poisoned Pen Press announces the upcoming release of The Perfect Game by Leslie Dana Kirby. The Perfect Game will be available nationwide in March.

In her outstanding debut novel, Leslie Dana Kirby delivers a compelling page-turner set against the backdrop of the world of Major League Baseball.  In a Starred review, Publishers Weekly calls The Perfect Game “an exceptional mystery that reveals the dark side of the lucrative, glitzy world of professional baseball…Kirby elevates what could have been a straightforward court-case drama into a game of strategy and cunning that’s a cut above the rest.”

About The Perfect Game:  Lauren Rose has recently moved to Phoenix to begin a new life as she starts a prestigious emergency medicine residency, but she could end up doing life in the Arizona State penitentiary instead.

Lauren has always lived in the shadow of her more glamorous sister Liz, the wife of baseball superstar Jake Wakefield. But when Liz is found viciously murdered in her Scottsdale home, the spotlight turns to Lauren as prime suspect in the high-profile investigation.

Having lost both parents at an early age, Liz’s death leaves Lauren all alone in a new city. Jake’s support proves invaluable as she navigates the nightmare her life has become. As Lauren spends time with Jake, they develop a closeness that she finds both comforting and confusing. It’s an intimacy forged by their shared grief, their mutual love of baseball, and by the thrill of him pitching a perfect game for the Diamondbacks.

Meanwhile, the Scottsdale police repeatedly question Lauren. She objects to a lie detector test as bad science. An arrest warrant is issued. The ensuing trial leads the evening news every night as a rabid public just can’t get enough of the sordid proceedings, quickly dubbed The Trial of the Millennium. Will the outcome be influenced by this media circus?

Leslie Dana Kirby is a practicing clinical psychologist with a keen interest in human behavior. Dr. Kirby’s writing is inspired by headline-grabbing stories involving ordinary people caught up by extraordinary circumstances. Luckily for her, there appears to be no end to the shocking ways in which human behavior can surprise and intrigue us. The Perfect Game is her debut novel. Kirby lives in Arizona with her husband and two children.

The Perfect Game will be published in hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-4642-0175-2, 340 pages, $24.95), trade paper (ISBN: 978-1-4642-0177-6, 340 pages, $14.95) large print trade paper (ISBN: 978-1-4642-0176-9, 476 pages, $22.95) and eBook editions ($9.99).

Founded in 1997, Poisoned Pen Press is an independent publisher specializing in the highest quality mystery books. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Poisoned Pen Press is one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the world. Titles from Poisoned Pen Press are distributed by Ingram Publisher Services, are available through wholesalers such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and Brodart, and directly from the publisher. Visit the Poisoned Pen Press author blog and Discover Mystery™ at:

Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about author Leslie Dana Kirby or The Perfect Game are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875, or by email –

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