The Black Ace

The Black Ace : A Brad Shade Thriller

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Hatred, blackmail, and murder--a Brad Shade hat trick. "The Black Ace "reunites us with our favorite, savvy fourth-liner, with plot twists, wisecracks, and an ending that could only come from G.B. Joyce. Thanks to Shade's work at the NHL draft last season, he gets to hold on to his job as scout for L.A.--at least for now. But a journeyman's work is never done. Shade is checking out small-town talent with his old friend and teammate "Chief." But when they learn of the suicide of an old teammate from their playing days in L.A., they take a sometimes violent detour through the dark side of a small town with no shortage of secrets it wants kept at almost any cost.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 362 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.33g
  • Pintail
  • United States
  • English
  • 0143188712
  • 9780143188711

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Praise for "The Code"

"One of this continent's master craftsmen of sporting prose." fine a writer as can be found in any field."
--Sports Illustrated

"This thriller has enough juice to satisfy those who've never been to a rink."
--Library Journal

"[Joyce's] knowledgeable, engagingly cynical perspective on hockey should prove compelling even for those readers with no interest in the sport."
--Publishers Weekly

"Part CSI, part L.A. Law, part Hockey Night in Canada--Gare Joyce deserves a championship ring for his uncanny portrayal of Brad Shade, the earthy, educated hockey scout sleuth. This is sports writing, crime writing, and just plain writing as good as it gets." --Roy MacGregor

"The Code is surely one of the great 'insider' fictions of the professional hockey world. Funny and full of dirty fights both on and off the ice, it delivers an astringent look into big league machinations and the human costs of playing the game."
--Andrew Pyper, author of The Guardians

"For an amateur-detective story to work, the main character, the non-cop investigator, has to be well-drawn and engaging. Shade is both, and it's his clever rapscallion personality that propels the story." --Winnipeg Free Press
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About G B Joyce

G. B. Joyce is the author of the popular thriller "The Code," the first book in the Brad Shade mystery series, as well as six books of sports nonfiction. He has worked as a scout for the Columbus Blue Jackets and has written for ESPN Magazine for many years.
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42 ratings
3.14 out of 5 stars
5 2% (1)
4 29% (12)
3 52% (22)
2 14% (6)
1 2% (1)
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