In an exciting and intriguing new mystery set in the high-stakes world of college sports, Mara Gilgannon, the amateur sleuth from "Murder by Discount", tracks down the murderer of a star player of the University of Iowa Men's Basketball team in this new adventure set in the exciting world of University athletics. Dave DeVoster, star player of the University of Iowa Men's Basketball team, is found dead at the feet of the Hawkeye mascot statue in the Herky Parade, his blood dripping from the curved beak of the famous icon. Arrested for the murder is Anne Golding, the Director of the Iowa City Women's Center, who had led a protest against DeVoster's being allowed to red-shirt (practice with the team but not play) despite being under investigation for the rape of a member of Iowa's Women's Basketball team. To the rescue comes radio talk show host Mara Gilgannon, who is not only Anne's ex-girlfriend but carries a bit of a torch for Bridget Stokes, the very cute assistant coach of the women's team.
Mara finds herself going up against overprotective parents, tight-lipped players, University administrators and Bridget Stokes herself, whose interest in protecting her team's heterosexual image might mask motives much darker. Mary Vermillion's amateur sleuth from "Death by Discount" is back in fine form in this new adventure set in the exciting world of University athletics.