FoxTale Book Shoppe is delighted to welcome back author Carolyn Curry with her new novel, SUDDEN DEATH.
Sudden Death is a murder mystery set in the world of football. More than a whodunit, the novel spans roughly thirty years from 1966 to 1997 in the life of one couple, who grew up half the world apart. Kendall Harris, a brilliant law student from Georgia, and Duke Astin, a star quarterback from Hawaii, meet at UCLA, fall in love, and marry soon after graduation. Kendall practices law and Duke plays for a decade in the NFL, then becomes a college coach. Juggling two careers and moving from state to state puts pressure on their relationship. But through the joys and stresses of life, they stay loyal to one another. Things take a troubling turn when Coach Astin is hired by a football powerhouse in the South. Immediately, an influential group unhappy Duke was hired begins to undermine everything he tries to accomplish. The coach and his wife both receive death threats as they work to keep focus on their careers and activities in the community. But when the murder occurs, the story becomes a search for joy and goodness in life—and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit over unspeakable odds. Written by a woman who has spent her entire life married to a football player and coach, Sudden Death also explores serious themes of sports gambling, alcoholism, and spousal abuse within the varied cast of characters.
"I write about more than simply football," says Curry. "And, even though I do have a lot of life experiences being the wife of a football player who went from pro football into coaching, I want everyone to know that this book is a work of fiction. As a historian, I have always been drawn to strong women who overcome great difficulty, so it was only natural that I created fictional females with similar characteristics. Ultimately, this novel tells the stories of brave men and women who try to do the right thing and make a difference in this world."