- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Author: Barbara Casey
- Publisher: ArcheBooks Publishing (August 22, 2004)
- Genre : Mystery/Suspense
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595070427
- ISBN-13: 978-1595070425
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
Marla and her husband Neal married after her abusive marriage ended and Neal was already in his 60's. His career as the head coach of the State University Coyotes has been his sole focus up to the point that Marla walks into his life, then everything changes drastically. Marla quickly takes to the other coach's wives and shares in the latest gossip, but at her own expense. She has endured some gossip regarding the age difference between herself and Neal. Only one lady really seems to understand Marla and they take to becoming really good friends. But, there is serious trouble lurking and Marla and Neal will find themselves front and center in a basketball scandal involving drugs, sex , and murder.
You would have to be deaf and blind though in order to avoid the highly anticipated March Madness hoopla in our city. Weather you enjoy basketball or not, everyone loves all the fun surrounding the games and the scandals around college level basketball. I honestly think they take college ball more serious than pro ball here.
The attempts to cast the coach in a bad light, to create trouble for the players, to leak information to the media, to handing out perks to certain people , especially if they have deep pockets and of course a little cheating , in more ways than one.Pretty standard for real life I am sure. We also have the backstabbing other wives, the gossip, expectations , envy and of course tons of greed, that make this a novel that is really hard to put down.Not only do we get a glimpse at the behind the scenes politics and corruption, we also get a few tense moments on the basketball court.
This is a crime novel so we have alot of elements at plat here a murder, a trial, and really terrible secrets come to light as a result. The crime of course snowballs into bigger and bigger problems and is woven all through the story as we struggle to understand who is trying to corrupt the game and what one earth has motivated someone to carry things this far. This was justa really great book around, minus the cover that I really did not like.
About the Author
The Coach's Wife by Barbara Casey is an Archebooks publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.