FIELD OF SCHEMES PLOT SYNOPSIS
In FIELD OF SCHEMES, one lie told with the best of intentions leads to murder and threatens to ruin the man who told it. Dale Loren, an ex-pitcher whose promising career was short-circuited by mismanagement, now helps others reach the majors as a trainer for a triple-A baseball team. When a hot-shot outfielder asks him for steroids, he provides a harmless mixture of cold cream and lemon juice, telling him it’s a brand-new steroid that can’t be detected by baseball’s drug testing regimen. Believing the mixture gives him an illegal edge, the outfielder goes on a hitting spree and is called up to the majors where, cut off from his supply of “steroids,” he falls into a deep slump. Then he tests positive for drugs and names Loren as his supplier. After testifying before a congressional committee, Loren is fired. Shortly afterward, the outfielder is found dead under mysterious circumstances.
Local sportswriter Lloyd Keaton – who lost his money, marriage and a major-market career to a gambling addiction – sets out to clear Loren’s name. In the process he is threatened by mobsters, shot at, and learns his teenage son is hooked on steroids. When a long-time friend is critically injured in a suspicious accident, Keaton’s world spirals out of control, and he reverts to his destructive gambling habit.
Keaton soon discovers that the highest stakes are off the field…and he’ll risk more than he ever imagined to protect his family and find the truth.