Friday, October 23, 2015

Offside A Mystery - Blog Tour


  In 2006, amid the great real estate bubble, Rick Hermannik, an adult referee of youth soccer, is found murdered in a ritzy Los Angeles suburb, his whistle left in an unnatural place. Suspicion quickly falls upon volunteer coach Diego Diaz, a one-time gang member whose hot Latino rant over an offside call pops up on YouTube. The media eagerly pursue the delicious story line of out-of-control soccer parents. Case closed–until the boyfriend of Diaz’s grown daughter, Hector Rivera, a former high school soccer star but now a college dropout in a dead-end job, tries to figure out the truth, and himself.

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Chronicling a wide cross-section of the human condition, William P. Barrett has worked as an award-winning journalist across the country and abroad for major newspapers and national magazines dating back more than four decades. At various times he’s been a police reporter, court reporter, local government reporter, feature writer, foreign correspondent, national correspondent writing about very small places with very big problems, investigative reporter and business reporter. Barrett’s longest stretch was at Forbes, where his writings illuminated dark sections of the financial world and sent miscreants to prison. A New Jersey native, Barrett holds two degrees from Rutgers, one in law, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder. On the weekends he has refereed youth soccer in the West, including Southern California, for 17 years. Barrett now lives in Seattle. This is his debut novel.

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Character Casting

Rick Hermannik

Diego Diaz

Hector Rivera

Finally—mercifully—Diaz’s match came to an end. The teams, coaches and referees exchanged handshakes. Diaz grimaced as he gripped the hand of Hermannik, who was none too thrilled either. The squads returned to their sidelines and gathered up their things to leave.

Diaz saw Rivera come onto the field and sidled over.

"Damn ref," Diaz groused. "Second week in a row we got him. I hate him."

"Ah, Diego,” Rivera said gently. “Sorta hard to blame the ref in a 5 to 0 loss."
"Whatdidyathink of that offside call?"

"Well, it was close. I was way back here. But the AR was in the right spot to see it. Striker wasn't clearly offside when her midfielder punched it over to her.”
"Baboso. Still hate the ref."

Suddenly, Diaz clasped his hands in front of him and raised his head skyward.

“Dear Lord,” he intoned. “In the past year you have taken away my favorite comic, Richard Pryor. My favorite actor, Don Knotts. My favorite singer, Lou Rawls.

“Dear Lord, I just wanted to tell you that Rick Hermannik is my favorite referee.”

Even Rivera had to laugh. “You’re a funny guy,” he told a now-grinning Diaz. “But be careful. Someone could take that wrong.” 

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1 comment:

  1. Hi. I'm William P. Barrett, author of OFFSIDE: A Mystery. Thanks for featuring my book. I'd be happy to answerany questions here.