The Man in the

Bleachers

a novel by E.J. Bridgwater

Who is the man in the bleachers? What does he want?

And why is he obsessed with Cracker Jack?

It’s up to Lucas Blaine to find out. And the sooner the better.

Because the man in the bleachers will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

And he wants it all.

Who is the man in the bleachers? What does he want?

And why is he obsessed with Cracker Jack?

It’s up to Lucas Blaine to find out. And the sooner the better.

Because the man in the bleachers will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

And he wants it all.

“Set in 1920 after the Great War ended, during a period of social and economic change, E.J. Bridgwater’s debut novel, The Man in the Bleachers, is a fast-paced mystery.

The story centers on one man’s bloody search for revenge and retribution. Lucas Blaine, the owner/ manager of the Bronx Bulldogs, is a credible protagonist who would be able to carry the weight of a continuing mystery series. With a careful attention to period detail, including dress, slang, weaponry and the changing status of women, Bridgwater hits this one out of the ballpark!

—Jeffrey Cannell

Former Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, New York State Education Department, and retired librarian

“Set in 1920 after the Great War ended, during a period of social and economic change, E.J. Bridgwater’s debut novel, The Man in the Bleachers, is a fast-paced mystery.

The story centers on one man’s bloody search for revenge and retribution. Lucas Blaine, the owner/ manager of the Bronx Bulldogs, is a credible protagonist who would be able to carry the weight of a continuing mystery series. With a careful attention to period detail, including dress, slang, weaponry and the changing status of women, Bridgwater hits this one out of the ballpark!

—Jeffrey Cannell

Former Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, New York State Education Department, and retired librarian

About the Book

August, 1920, New York City. With the Great War now a rapidly fading memory, Lucas Blaine wants nothing more than to forget the past and focus on leading his minor league baseball team to a pennant-winning finish. But the agony he hopes he’s left behind is about to catch up with him.

A random newspaper article about a murder and a Cracker Jack prize ignites his interest. The very next day, he receives his own Cracker Jack prize from an anonymous sender. Then another. And another. At first, the trinkets appear to be mere curiosities, without message or context. A shovel. A cat. A clock.  But when the team mascot is cruelly murdered, the message becomes strikingly clear: Lucas Blaine is a target. The question is … who’s targeting him? And why?

When his demonic tormentor viciously attacks his treasured team and the love of his life, his sense of helplessness explodes, hurtling Blaine into a furious manhunt through the streets and subways of New York until he finally comes face to face with the man in the bleachers.

August, 1920, New York City. With the Great War now a rapidly fading memory, Lucas Blaine wants nothing more than to forget the past and focus on leading his minor league baseball team to a pennant-winning finish. But the agony he hopes he’s left behind is about to catch up with him.

 

A random newspaper article about a murder and a Cracker Jack prize ignites his interest. The very next day, he receives his own Cracker Jack prize from an anonymous sender. Then another. And another. At first, the trinkets appear to be mere curiosities, without message or context. A shovel. A cat. A clock.  But when the team mascot is cruelly murdered, the message becomes strikingly clear: Lucas Blaine is a target. The question is … who’s targeting him? And why?

 

When his demonic tormentor viciously attacks his treasured team and the love of his life, his sense of helplessness explodes, hurtling Blaine into a furious manhunt through the streets and subways of New York until he finally comes face to face with the man in the bleachers.

Videos About the Book

“Bridgwater’s novel is an intriguing mystery full of baseball and historical appeal. Fine plotting and a vivid, Prohibition-era New York City setting provide atmosphere and easy engagement.”

“With a dashing of noir, The Man in the Bleachers is lively and clearly written. Dynamic dialogue peppers the story and is gracefully blended with exposition.”

 

“Bridgwater’s mix of murder mystery and 1920s baseball is a crackling combination.”

“Protagonist Lucas Blaine is a likeable sleuth with an inquiring mind, lingering war wounds, and a passion for baseball. The broader cast of characters flesh out the 1920s setting and criminal machinations.”

—The BookLife Prize

“Bridgwater’s novel is an intriguing mystery full of baseball and historical appeal. Fine plotting and a vivid, Prohibition-era New York City setting provide atmosphere and easy engagement.”
“With a dashing of noir, The Man in the Bleachers is lively and clearly written. Dynamic dialogue peppers the story and is gracefully blended with exposition.”

“Bridgwater’s mix of murder mystery and 1920s baseball is a crackling combination.”

“Protagonist Lucas Blaine is a likeable sleuth with an inquiring mind, lingering war wounds, and a passion for baseball. The broader cast of characters flesh out the 1920s setting and criminal machinations.”

— The BookLife Prize

About the Author

E.J. Bridgwater

E.J. has over forty years of film and video production experience and has won over fifty national and international awards for writing, directing and videography. He is the author of Boardroom Director: How To Produce Exceptional Corporate Video, as well as an award-winning radio play, A Fisherman No More. The Man in the Bleachers is his first novel. He lives in Toronto with his family.

Contact

For more information, to set up an interview or a book talk, contact E.J. here.

maninthebleachers@gmail.com

maninthebleachers@gmail.com