Picks and Pans Review: Exposure

updated 07/20/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/20/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by J.D. Reed and Christine Reed

Murder is indeed afoot in this sharp tale set in the world of U.S. pro soccer. Thanks to their owner's millions, the New Jersey Stars field a squad full of talented foreigners. Their leader is Goddet, the aging but popular "Frog Prince," who dies at Giants Stadium during a home-game locker-room break. Paul McGuire, a photographer covering the game for Plus magazine, discovers the body, snaps some pictures and gives a statement to the police. Soon afterward McGuire receives a cryptic memo, possibly from the killer. When another Stars player is killed—literally kicked to death—McGuire makes an awful connection between his pictures, the memo and the murders, and finds himself in the middle of an ugly scheme. The Reeds build tension by pitting the hero's inexperience against the killer's cruelty. This is not a tale for action lovers; as a sleuth McGuire relies on persistence—remaining, he says, "a goalkeeper trying not to let the next one by." Soccer and mystery fans who like wondering when the next shot will come should find Exposure challenging. J.D. Reed, formerly a writer for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, is now an associate editor of TIME and has written four other books. This is a first novel for his co-author, who is also his wife. (Soho, $14.95)

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