"Pure fun, pure intrigue.The action never stops till
a fascinating climax.
"  Clive Cussler  
"You like golf, you like murder mysteries - - then
Sudden Death is your book!"   James Patterson
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Novels endorsed by NY Times bestselling authors:
James Patterson, Clive Cussler, John Feinstein
Wendy Corsi Staub, Tim Green, John Lescroart, & Andrew Gross
"Gold Medal Threat is finely crafted and suspenseful, and gives kids
an insider's look at the Olympic Games like no other story out there!"
Tim Green
"Gold Medal Threat, was hard to put down. Perfect for teens
and preteens. It is written exactly how a teenager would think,
act, and speak...The story was very suspenseful and
mysterious. The crime was a great choice for the setting. It
was, without a doubt, one of the best books I have ever read."   
Breanna Gardner (age 12)
"Gold Medal Threat is one of those books that puts a big
smile on your face and makes your day better. I truly
recommend it to everyone, at every age. I bet my grandma
would love it too, because you can't dislike a book like this. It’s
so much fun! I loved it!"
  Bianca M. Calin (age 14)
“...thrilling and filled with suspense, mystery, and action.. A
great novel for kid mystery fans. Humor is twisted inside every
chapter...The main characters are likable, smart, funny, and
resourceful. I loved every chapter.”
  Jacob Tabs (age 11)
Ages 10-15
Co-Authored with NBC Sports / Golf Channel, &
Winter Olympics Host,  Ryan Burr.
“Continuing to write first-rate suspense-
exploring the deepest conflicts in human
nature. Exquisitely crafted with an utterly
surprising climax, this story will satisfy all.
Balkind takes you away for a spellbinding,
all-consuming afternoon.”
 Tonja Walker
"One thing I love is a good mystery.
More than that I love a good sports mystery.
And most of all I love a good sports mystery
that feels real. 'The Fix,' is all of the above."
John Feinstein
"Blazes like a 4.2 forty with the intrigue of a
Illustrated cover piece."
Andrew Gross
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right now.  Remember “Bo Knows Sports”? They should update it to
“Balkind knows sports (and mysteries, too).”
John Lescroart