A special treat for lovers of
America’s greatest game. The wonderful opportunity to spend time in the compassionate, funny, and
oh-so-humane presence of author Marty Slattery and his novel Diamonds Are Trumps. Through his
character Bill Mahoney, Slattery shares his personal knowledge of the game (he pitched in the minor
leagues) and his consuming passion for its players.
With bone chips in his elbow
that make his arm hurt all the way up to his ear, and scars on his middle-aged soul, Mahoney is
something of a wounded knight errant. But when the umpire yells “Play ball!” Bill rises to dance to
baseball’s perpetual melody.
Emotionally hollow and growing
more passive with each birthday, Bill is skidding through his life, aching from lost loves and
unfulfilled hopes. But the Dream is not done with him yet, and gradually, Bill understands the
gifts the game can give him.
In this 2008 publication of
Diamonds Are Trumps—with a new introduction by Dr. James P. Elliott—author Marty Slattery gives his
readers the gift of a funny, poignant, and lyrical novel about baseball as it’s played in the minor
leagues and life as it’s played beyond the dugout.
Fiction, paperback, 268 pages, 6 x 9, April 2008
Trumps is sensational. Slattery did a great job." -Tommy Lasorda
"Brings back some vivid
memories of what it was like in the minor leagues. Slattery scores with a funny/sad look at life on
and off the field. Great reading." Johnny Roseboro - Los Angeles Dodger catcher for 11