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Even the most diehard baseball fans don't know the true story of William 'Blockade Billy' Blakely. He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first - and only - player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game's history.

Every effort was made to erase any evidence that William Blakely played professional baseball, and with good reason. Blockade Billy had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse . . .and only Stephen King, the most gifted storyteller of our age, can reveal the truth about the world, once and for all.

The bonus story, 'Morality', is a riveting short about Chad, an aspiring writer who is teaching in a school until he lands a publishing contract. His wife Nora is working as a home nurse for a retired minister. Like most people these days, they are struggling financially. And then Nora is approached by her employer with a proposition that could make their dream of a home in Vermont a reality. But will it be worth the moral consequences?

©2010 Stephen King (P)2010 Simon & Schuster Inc

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Not my favourite

I love Stephen King, but have been left wondering if perhaps Mr. KIng has lost his mojo after that dreadful accident. This book is leading me further down that path. It is not at all memorable in fact I would describe it as mundane. The narration is good though, does the best with what the text provides.

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  • 12-28-12

You won't be disappointed

These are two typical SK short stories. If you love SK, you will love these. A little short, would have preferred more stories for my money but that's the only drawback.

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  • Louise
  • 05-21-22

Craig Wasson is superb

Both stories were good, but the first one about baseball (something I know nothing about) was really brought to life by Craig Wasson’s wonderful narration.

Both narrators did a terrific job with these thoroughly entertaining short stories.

Maybe it deserves a 5 rather than a 4, but I never feel as engaged with a short story as I do with a novel.