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Baseball & Politics Collide in New Thriller by Local Authors. Get a Signed Copy Monday!

A crazed Chicago Cubs fan will do anything to guarantee a championship, and the President of the United States has a childhood secret that puts the Oval Office and lives at risk.

Killing The Curse is the new sports-political thriller by Northern Kentucky authors Dennis Hetzel and Rick Robinson. They will host a book launch event on Monday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers at the Crestview Hills Town Center. 

The event is at 7 p.m.

The novel just won an honorable mention in the “best fiction” category of the Great Midwest Book Festival. Earlier this year, it won an honorable mention in the San Francisco Book Festival competition – the first competition in which it was entered.\

“The Cubs are in the World Series, so you know it’s fiction,” Hetzel said. Writing his first published fiction, Hetzel collaborated on the book with Rick Robinson, his friend and a popular author of multiple political thrillers.

“I’m a lifelong Cubs fan who grew up in the Chicago suburbs,” said Hetzel, an award-winning journalist and media executive. “The Cubs are the most iconic symbols of bad luck and failure in all of sports, so it was fun to imagine the Cubs in a World Series while they wait for success in the real world. However, fans should be prepared for plenty of curse-like frustration.”

In an article that described his approach to Killing the Curse for the International Thriller Writers, Hetzel said readers are finding the book works on multiple levels. The story opens with the mysterious death of the father of the star pitcher for the opposing Boston Red Sox. The plot flows out of the childhood friendship between Bob Walters, an ego-driven sports-radio talk show host known as “the man Cubs fans love to hate,” and President Luke Murphy, a lifelong Cubs fan who faces a crisis as the end of the World Series turns into a far-more important event than a baseball game.

“We didn’t overdo the baseball action at the expense of making sure it was a fast-paced political thriller that readers – even non-sports fans – can appreciate on several levels,” Hetzel said. “The early reviews have been great, and everyone seems to really enjoy the story.”

Killing the Curse made its preview debut at the Book Expo America show in New York on May 28 and already has been the subject of feature articles in two Chicago-area daily newspapers, The Daily Herald and Northwest Indiana Times. It also is available in Kindle and Nook formats.

Hetzel has been a reporter, editor and newspaper publisher and is the former Northern Kentucky general manager for Enquirer Media. He has been the executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association in Columbus since 2010. Robinson is a practicing attorney and lobbyist who resides in Fort Mitchell and contributes to The River City News.

-Staff report

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