Monday, February 1, 2016

Murder at the Super Bowl & Other Football Crime Fiction

There's a lot of real crime surrounding the Super Bowl: drugs, money, egos, etc. Lots of fodder for the crime writer. So in 'honor' of Sunday's Super Bowl Game, I've updated my short lists of Super Bowl and other Football Mysteries. This is in no way a definitive list--just some football crime fiction for you to enjoy in case you're not watching the Super Bowl! As always, I welcome additions!

If you're interested in other Sports Mysteries and essays on Football Mysteries, Mystery Readers Journal has had several Sports Mysteries issues. The last Sports Mysteries Issue of MRJ was Volume 25:4 (Winter 2009-2010). Available in Hardcopy and .pdf download

Super Bowl Mysteries

Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl by John Feinstein (YA)
The Hidden Key by George Harmon Coxe
Super-Dude by John Craig
Black Sunday by Thomas Harris
Paydirt by Paul Levine
The Last Super Bowl by Robin Moore & David Harper
4th and Fixed by Reggie Rivers
Murder at the Super Bowl by Fran Tarkenton and Herb Resnicow
Life's Work by Jonathan Valin
Killerbowl by Gary K. Wolf
Other Football Mysteries (not British Football, of which there are many titles)

The Professor by Robert Bailey
Rough and Tumble by Mark Bavaro
Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
Coliseum by Barney Cohen
Et Tu Brady by Joseph Collum
Day of the Ram by William Campbell Gault
Murder at Cleaver Stadium by Douglas Lee Gibboney
Quarterback Trap by Dallas Gorham
Double Reverse; Ruffians by Tim Green
Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
Bleeding Maize and Blue by Susan Holtzer
The Prophet by Michael Koryta
Two-Minute Warning by George LaFountaine
Bump and Run by Mike Lupica
The Draft by Wil Mara
Dead Ball Foul by Kayla McGrady
A Cardinal Offense by Ralph McInerny
Parker's Blood by William Miller
The Jook by Gary Phillips
Winter and Night by S. J. Rozan
Sudden Death by David Rosenfelt
Marked Man; Red Card by Mel Stein
A Touch of Death by Charles Williams

Short Stories:  The Mighty Johns edited by Otto Penzler

Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime and Complicity by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry


Gary Phillips said...

Janet, I'd like to add my football crime novel The Jook, and there's the ill-fated football mystery anthology Otto Penzler edited that I have a short story in, know most often as The Mighty Johns.

Janet Rudolph said...

Thanks, Gary, will add both!



You missed George LaFountaine's TWO-MINUTE WARNING (Coward, McCann, 1975), which may be the very first entry in this tiny sub-sub-sub-genre of Super Bowl mysteries. It's about a Charles Whitman-like sniper who attacks during the game, waiting to make his move at the, wait for it, two-minute warning.

The film versions of TWO-MINUTE WARNING (Universal, 1976) and BLACK SUNDAY (Paramount, 1977). were released within just a few months of each other, prompting one wage to suggest a new Oscar category, "Best Film About a Major Crime Occurring During the Playing of the Super Bowl).