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Baseball and Dirty Politics Collide in Hetzel's New Book

'Tis the season for baseball and author Dennis Hetzel is out with his latest, Season of Lies, a new novel featuring the Chicago Cubs becoming enmeshed in a dirty presidential campaign.
 
Hetzel, a former Northern Kentucky resident, will return to the area for two book signings at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Crestview Hills. First, he will appear with other authors, as part of Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 29, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Later, he will return for his own book signing and discussion on Thursday, May 18, from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
 
Season of Lies picks up where Hetzel’s award-winning, debut novel Killing the Curse (co-authored by Rick Robinson) left off. Now that the Cubs have finally won a world championship, their chances of building a new baseball dynasty are threatened by sinister circumstances beyond the team’s control, when star pitcher Trey Von Ohmann decides to endorse President Luke Murphy for reelection, much to his teammates’ consternation. As both the election and Major League Baseball’s postseason draw near, the Cubs and the President find themselves dealing with scandals, religious extremists, anonymous news leaks and terrorist threats.
 
“Dennis Hetzel has crafted a riveting political thriller that spills over into baseball… an absorbing novel that keeps the reader on edge from start to finish,” writes Hal Bock, former Associated Press sportswriter and author of The Last Chicago Cubs Dynasty and Banned Baseball’s Blacklist of all-Stars and Also-Rans. Meanwhile, Andy Furman of Fox Sports Radio calls Season of Lies, “a true heart-stopper that refuses to let you put it down."
 
With his local ties, too, Hetzel includes the Cincinnati Reds in the new book. The Cubs play the Reds at the same time the fictional Republican National Convention is taking place in Cincinnati.
 
“You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this novel,” Hetzel said. “The story reveals complex relationships, but it is written in a way that is easy to read. I drew on my journalism career and passion for baseball, to weave fact with fiction. I think people will find the plot to be fast-moving and entertaining.”
 
Hetzel has worked as a top editor and executive for The Capital Times (Madison, Wisc.), York Daily Record (Penn.), and the Cincinnati Enquirer, and taught journalism at Penn State and Temple Universities. He is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association’s Benjamin Franklin Award, as well as the Paul Tobenkin Award from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for leadership on race and diversity. While living in Northern Kentucky, he served on the board of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and was involved with the Leadership Cincinnati program, sponsored by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. He is also a Kentucky Colonel.
 
Hetzel is currently the executive director of the Ohio News Media Association.
-Staff report
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