Newly widowed Francesca Canelli is not your typical soccer mom but she would do anything to help her 15-year-old son, Matt, a passionate soccer player determined to honor his dad’s memory. Financially strapped and emotionally devastated, Francesca accepts a sexual proposition from the coach of Pegasi United who promised to secure Matt a starting position on his premier St. Louis team. Their bargain quickly sours when the coach abuses Francesca, demeans Matt, and threatens to renege on the deal.
The coach with more enemies than friends soon winds up dead, his battered and naked body hanging from the crossbar of a soccer goalpost. In the ensuing investigation Francesca becomes the prime suspect. Now she’s playing games with a team of hard-nosed detectives, her vulnerability fading as she fights to keep not only herself out of jail but Matt too. Then Francesca discovers she’s not the only person who really knows what happened that night the coach died. She has no choice but to strike a new bargain; but will this one resolve her growing problems?
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From the Author
Over the years I’ve watched a lot of sports: baseball, not my favorite; softball, a different version of baseball; football, too slow; hockey, too fast; basketball, Yes. And soccer, you bet! Love, love, love me some soccer. Make that fútbol to everyone outside the U.S. Ah, yes, soccer has replaced basketball as my favorite watchable sport. I’m not sure why because a last minute fluke can prevent the best team from winning. And those sudden death tie breakers have caused many a painful night reliving what might’ve/could’ve been.
I must confess that sometimes during those long hours of sitting on unforgiving bleachers I’d give my mind a change of pace and allow it to wander into the Land of Make Believe. Create my own team, teenage boys in this instance. Make that a select travel team, the kind every teenage soccer player aspires to play on, the kind every player’s parents aspire for their son to be Numero Uno. Parents, you gotta admire or fear them, those over-the-top super ambitious parents who will do whatever it takes to help their son achieve his fullest potential. To eventually earn an athletic scholarship to a major university.
Dream on, which I did. And wound up with a group of talented soccer players on a team called Pegasi United, coached by a power-hungry guy who learned how to work the system to his advantage. Add to that a recently widowed soccer mom who feels obligated to take over where her late husband left off, all for the sake of their son coping with grief while trying to honor the memory of his dad. It all came together in a mystery entitled Lethal Play.
About the Author
Loretta Giacoletto has been named a finalist in the 2015 and 2014 “Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project” for her sagas, Family Deceptions and Chicago’s Headmistress. She divides her time between the St. Louis Metropolitan area of Southern Illinois and Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks where she writes fiction, essays, and her blog Loretta on Life while her husband cruises the waters for bass and crappie. Their five children have left the once chaotic nest but occasionally return for her to-die-for ravioli and roasted peppers topped with garlic-laden bagna càuda.
An avid traveler, Loretta has visited countries in Europe and Asia but Italy remains her favorite, especially the area from where her family originates: the Piedmont region near the Italian alps.
Her novels focus on characters caught up in problems of their own doing, crime often laced with romance that may not end happily-ever-after.