July 31, 1987 |
Jonathan Valin is probably not a household name, even among fans of the Hammett-Chandler-Macdonald lineage. Pity. Because Valin and his Harry Stoner series (six capers thus far) are major league. Life's Work (Dell, $3.50), the latest in paperback, is more than just a bang-up page-turner; it's also an unblinking scrutiny of the curious breed that plays professional football. Harry Stoner works out of Cincinnati. He's hired by Hugh Petrie, an executive of the NFL Cincinnati Cougars, to find a missing player, Billy Parks.