From The Author of The Awarding Winning Jake Eliam ChickenBone Mystery Series
When the top prospect for the Atlanta Peaches is killed, two weeks after being called up to the Majors, the city mourns a future star. But when someone suggests it was no accident, Private Investigator and former professional baseball player Jake Eliam is hired to find out the truth. But digging out the truth turns out to be harder than hitting a 90 MPH fastball and just as dangerous.
Jake Eliam spent a lifetime in baseball, until a chance turn that led him into the Atlanta neighborhood known as ChickenBone, where he ended up a part time private investigator thanks to a timely meeting with the man everybody called Catfish, the owner of the legendary 3 Pigs BBQ. Now Catfish feeds him a case every now and then, and pulled pork sandwiches almost every day.
When the top big league prospect for the Atlanta Peaches is killed in a car accident, two weeks after being called up to the Majors, the city mourns a future star. But then someone sends the team a handwritten note suggesting it was no accident and the team’s All Star bad boy outfielder Billy Joe Weede was somehow involved.
With a background and contacts in the game, Jake Eliam is hired to find out the truth, or at least that is what it seems like at first. The investigation takes him from the streets of ChickenBone, to the Peaches locker room, and to the tiny town of Birdsong Georgia, where he discovers that finding out the truth is just as hard as hitting a 90 miles per hour fastball, and just as dangerous.
So in between his part time job making custom baseball bats in his well-worn shop in ChickenBone, Eliam teams up with Catfish and his neighbor, a young photographer to figure out what really happened.
Along the way he runs into a wealthy former member of Congress with a penchant for quoting scriptures, two rednecks named Tater and Booger, an ex-con hired killer who scrapes up dead chickens for a living, a tattooed stripper, a flop eared dog named Chance, and a former sheriff turned moonshiner.
Wading in among this crowd to find the truth sends Jake Eliam into extra innings and the final score includes greed, ambition, jealousy, regret, and murder.
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ABOUT Cliff Yeargin
I have spent my life as a ‘Storyteller’. The majority of that in a long career in Broadcast Journalism as a Writer/Producer/Photographer and Editor.
I spent the bulk of my broadcast career in sports, so the connection to the game of baseball is deep. A large portion of those years were in Baltimore, Maryland where I was lucky enough to cover Cal Ripken’s very first and very last game…and hundreds in between. I began my career in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where I shot the only video of the first 3-point goal in the history of NCAA Basketball. This I am not making up….You can look it up!
These days I have returned to my native Georgia where I work as an Editor/Producer for CNN, spending many hours in the middle of the night trapped in a small dark room…which might explain the urge to make up stories where your characters get to beat up on people.
I grew up on a rural farm in Georgia where a lot of the inspiration for my characters were born…today I live in a downtown Atlanta neighborhood. It is not called ChickenBone. There is no neighborhood called ChickenBone…but there should be!
There are 3 books in the ChickenBone Series. Hoochy Koochy, the 2nd book was named The Silver Medal Finalist in the 2016 Georgia Author of the Year Awards for Mysteries.
Praise For The Jake Eliam ChickenBone Mystery Series
If you’re a southern guy, you know the kind that loves college football, MLB & especially BRAVES baseball, Country & Motown music, and food from the Varsity,Mary Mac’s Tea Room, you’re going to love Yeargin’s books. Think “Lewis Grizzard”, okay. With main characters like Catfish, Dumptruck, Boobytrap and Buddy Lee, you know it’s going to be fun!
Shelton Stevens, Atlanta GA