Penalty Shot by Paul Bishop
ONE MAN. ONE GOAL. ONE SHOT.
Top-flight English goalkeeper Ian Chapel's last soccer game ended in a kick to the face from a German opponent leaving him with just one eye and believing he could never play the game again.
Chapel has recovered his fitness but hasn't touched a soccer ball since his accident. So, he finds it ludicrous when his old army colonel pitches a proposal with him playing goalie for the Los Angeles Ravens, an American indoor soccer team owned by the colonel and his partner Nina Brisbane.
The Ravens are headed for the league finals, but their goalie has just been murdered, and if Chapel takes the job, the colonel and Miss Brisbane would like him to clear up the murder. With much reluctance Chapel caves into pressure, whips himself into good goalie shape, joins the team - which includes the German player who put his eye out - dodges murderous attacks from Irish terrorists, and copes with the very temperamental Miss Brisbane, all the while enjoying the close companionship of the Ravens' second-string goalie, a very fit, ambitious, and pretty young lady.
"Paul Bishop is the real deal - real cop, real writer. You never go wrong with a Bishop novel." - Max Allan Collins, bestselling author of Road to Perdition