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Phillies’ rookie pitcher Tim Charles anguishes over his manager’s order to retaliate against a Mets’ batter for the team’s honor. He throws a high inside pitch that crashes off the batter’s head, but no one can foresee the unthinkable consequences.
Tim becomes the target of a grand jury investigation for murder when an avenging widow pressures officials to prosecute. A baseball feud between the Mets and the Phillies ignites into a shocking and suspenseful criminal drama played out in the courts.
Veteran prosecutor Jaime Brooks faces his toughest challenge when he collides with Tim’s defense team in this unchartered task. Brooks confronts a possible criminal conspiracy among team members, an uncompromising widow hell bent on getting justice at any cost, corruption in the grand jury, and a national furor over the inherent risks of baseball versus the accountability of its players to society’s laws.
Not only is Tim Charles on trial for his life, but the very nature of baseball is at stake as the jury views and hears the emotional evidence
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
This is a realistic legal suspense drama where there is no mystery about “who done it”. This is a novel about the unwritten rules of baseball, which at times sanction violence, and the accountability of its players to society’s laws. When does accepted violence in a sport cross the line into criminality. When that happens can it be murder if someone dies during a game?
This thesis is played out in a legal process as if it were an actual case.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
If you have something in your heart and soul that you must say, write the book and don’t worry about commercial success. The process is uplifting and will bring you joy especially if you get some good reviews. I almost gave up after a few months but I marketed more aggressively and it has worked. Be patient for the long term!
Harold Kasselman spent his adolescent years in Philadelphia where he became a Phillies fan and saw his first game with his dad at the age of six.That green infield has mesmerized him ever since. He moved to New Jersey and attended Delaware Township High(now Cherry Hill West) ,He got his B.A. at Rutgers College and a masters degree in 1968 from Farleigh Dickinson University.
He taught one year at Glen Ridge High School(Alma Mater of Tom Cruise)and then two years at Cherry Hill East where he taught Human Behavioral Patterns. After attending Rutgers Law he joined the Camden County Prosecutors’ Office in New Jersey.
He prosecuted thousands of criminal cases including 25 homicide trials for thirty years in Camden County. One of his cases, which was one of the first trials in the country for the attempted use of HIV-infected blood as a weapon, was covered on Court TV.He continued his love of teaching by mentoring police at the police academy about police procedure.He became a partner in the defense firm of Helmer, Paul, Conley and Kasselman in 2005. He understands and appreciates the roles of both the prosecution and the defense in the legal process.
Harold resides in Sarasota, Florida, with his wife, Robin, who shares his passion for the Phillies ball club and the beach. They also maintain a townhome in Voorhees, NJ, near their children.
“A Pitch for Justice” is Harold’s first novel, which combines his passions for baseball and the law
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I watched a Phillies and Mets game in 2010 and saw the Mets reaction to a take-out slide by Chase Utley of the Phillies towards Rueben Tejada the Mets shorstop. There had been bad blood between the two teams since 2007. I began to fear for Utley and the genesis for my novel soon followed.
What would happen in today’s society if a manager ordered his pitcher to intentionally try to disable an opposing batter with a pitch? What if the pitch turned into a lethal bean ball?
Would the victim’s family or the press demand a criminal investigation? If so, what would be the appropriate charge?
If there were criminal charges, what impact would that have for the way the game of baseball is played?
Would pitchers be fearful of throwing high and inside pitches? Would they fear that a prosecutor would be watching over their shoulder? Would baseball fans believe it was just part of the game or would the public see the bean ball as retaliation and no different from the motive in any criminal case?These questions are debated and vetted in my novel A Pitch for Justice.