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published: 5th June 2008

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playing for pizza

With a 17-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick Dockery provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughing stock and, of course, was immediately dropped by the Browns and shunned by all other teams.

But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent, Arnie, finds a team that needs him. Against enormous odds, Arnie finally locates just such a team and informs Rick that, miraculously, he can in fact now be a starting quarterback for the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.

Rick reluctantly agrees to play for them at least until a better offer comes along and heads off to Italy. He knows nothing about Parma (not even where it is), has never been to Europe, and doesn't speak or understand a word of Italian.

The land of opera, fine wines, extremely small cars, romance and football americano certainly holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery.
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Critic's Reviews

'Playing for Pizza is a lyrical page-turner and a gasp-inducing reminder of the scope of this man's genius with the written word. Grisham is something of a Da Vinci with words. He can blow your brains out with the power of truth or paint pictures that magically reveal the reality beneath. This is a smooth, satisfying and delightful read.'
 Sunday Express

'Grisham's writing takes on an energy and precision in this amiable novel'
 TLS

'Playing for Pizza is well plotted and shows Grisham's gift for coming up with twists and appealing minor characters.'
 Sunday Times

'Grisham comes into his own. The man knows how to crank up the tension, we are soon on the edge of our seats. Read this book, enjoy it.'
 Daily Express

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Tim Harper
Another cracker from Grisham

A different flavour but always a reliable read.