Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Blog Tour 'A Deadly Game' by Gary M. Leppers

Today I’m excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘A Deadly Game’ by Gary M. Leppers. This is a Mystery/ Thriller novel that was published on December 6th, 2016. Check out this post for more info about this book and to read an excerpt.

About the Book:

Professional baseball players in multiple cities have been injured inexplicably--and two have died. When former police detective David Kenmuir tries to learn why, he becomes trapped in a collision between the make-believe world of fantasy baseball leagues and the very real world of crime-for-hire. In order to escape from it, he must end it--and manage to stay alive in the midst of lethal conflicts between a mob boss and his maverick subordinate, and between himself and a nemesis from his past. It won't be easy.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
December 6th, 2016
Mystery, Thriller
eBook, Paperback
Available at:


He flinched when a sudden and jagged burst of light flashed in front of him. Then he counted—one, one thousand…two, one thousand…three, one thousand…four, one thousand—before a deep boom overtook the light. Symbolic, he thought. The thunders getting closer and so am I.
He looked at his reflection in the huge 12th-floor window of his office. The classic embodiment of a leader, he thought: 43 years old, suit custom-tailored to his lean six feet, clean shaven, dark hair trimmed above his ears (rock ‘nroll bands be damned). What he considered his best feature wasnt visible: a slight limp that he would explain, with modest reluctance, as the result of a wound in his left thigh, where hed been bayoneted during hand-to-hand combat with a Vietcong soldier—which wasnt quite true, but was close enough: during the war, yes, but the result of slipping in muck during a monsoon and being impaled on a tent peg.
When he returned from Vietnam, he was appointed executive vice-president of his fathers computer hardware business. Five years later, a cerebral aneurysm soundlessly killed his sleeping father and transformed the business into his business.
Hed always known he had the decisive, shrewd, and prescient intellect of a leader. Unfortunately, those same characteristics had been resented all his life—which was why hed been thwarted in running for student offices in high school and college, as his classmates always had chosen otherspopularity over his competence, and why his Army career had stalled, as his intimidated contemporaries and even commanders had deprived him of deserved opportunities and promotions. Finally, he was in command.
As expected, the business thrived under his leadership. Until about three years ago, when it started to decline. Granted, itd been undramatic: a piece here, a piece there, but slow and steady, like hunks of soil eroding off a riverbank. Hed been stunned and puzzled—until he realized that he was the victim, not the cause.
Two destructive influences, both totally out of his control and not at all his fault, had converged on him. First were the slob Californians: unshaven, dressing in rumpled sport shirts and Levis as if they worked on a loading dock or a construction site, and having no sense of propriety. Second were the insufferable Asians: America had spent millions to develop new technologies, only to give them away so gook countries could exploit American markets, for gods sake. No home-grown business like his could compete with their cheap labor and government subsidies.  
Looking back on it, he wished hed surrendered to one of the attempts to take over his business. One major battle and one crisis, and it wouldve been over. Instead, hed beaten back all of them. Ironically, itd all been a waste of time and so damn much money, since the modernized plant—humming with new equipment and systems that now manufactured products faster and cheaper than ever—still wasnt rapid enough to keep pace with what seemed to be weekly technological changes or cheap enough to yield sufficient profits. As a result, his business was enduring the commercial equivalent of death by a thousand cuts: a product here, a service here, a customer there.
Worse, the handwriting on the company wall was spelling his own name as well; if it went down, so would he. About two years ago, hed begun agonizing over how to rescue himself. His first impulse had been a high-risk, large-dividend investment of some kind, but he backed off when his research revealed that such an investment, by its very nature, also implied a high risk of failure. Hed then imagined a hefty, and thus very lucrative, drug sale—but had no notion how to acquire any drugs, let alone in sufficient volume, and drug trafficking was just plain dangerous.
As one idea after another succumbed to some insurmountable flaw, his desperation began to deteriorate into panic. Then, a little over a year ago, what he thought of as “The Plan” revealed itself. It was magical: one moment there was no solution, and the next moment there it was, vivid and briljant.

About the Author:

Gary M. Lepper is a retired trial lawyer with degrees from Stanford University. An Army veteran, he has written for a local newspaper as well as authored A Bibliographical Introduction to Seventy-five Modern American Authors, a research study on modern American first edition fiction and poetry that can be found in most libraries. He is an avid baseball fan and fantasy baseball league commissioner and nine-time winner of the Walnut Creek Bush (fantasy baseball) League. Lepper is a collector of first edition novels, comic books and baseball cards among other ephemera. He is married with two daughters, three granddaughters and, at last, one grandson, as well as the devoted owner of “Frodo,” a half maltese, half shih tzu attack dog.

For more information about Gary M. Leppers please visit his website

This Blog Tour was organized by Smith Publicity .


  1. Sounds like a great mystery book I would enjoy. Thank you for sharing, Maureen. I'll check it out. :)

    1. You're welcome :D And I really enjoy that cover. Thanks for stopping by!


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