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A sacrifice fly occurs when a batter hits a ball into the outfield, which is or is not caught, but does allow a runner on base to score. The batter has “sacrificed” his/her opportunity to become a base runner. In this contemporary Brooklyn-based, baseball-themed, series debut, we meet former cop turned schoolteacher Raymond Donne. Donne inadvertently becomes involved in investigating a murder when one of his students, a star pitcher, goes missing. The murder victim is his student’s ne’er-do-well father, and in attempting to locate his student, Donne is drawn into a life he left years ago. Through mishaps, thugs, muscle therapy, and technology, the solution to the murder is found, along with the student. What is the “sacrifice”? Donne begins changing from the simplistic life he has been leading into one more challenging and, ultimately, satisfying. A good read for fans of New York, baseball, teachers, or cops.