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The world's greatest polo player lies dead in a Palm Beach hotel suite, and no one knows who pulled the trigger. Can you figure it out?
The world's greatest polo player lies dead in a Palm Beach hotel suite, and no one knows who pulled the trigger. Can you figure it out?
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Researching The Perfect 10 in Palm Beach County
Researching The Perfect 10 in Palm Beach County

Palatial villas. Private jets. Winding waterways. Ancient banyan trees. These are a few of the many memorable features that welcomed me to Palm Beach in the late 1990s.

I had just been hired as an editor at POLO Magazine, and what I learned about the game of kings was far more than could ever fit in a single article: the bloodthirsty competitiveness; the millions of dollars doled out for players, playthings, and Thoroughbreds; and of course the splendor and excitement of the world's oldest team sport.

It was a treasure trove, a life known only to a select few, and I was compelled to take what I saw and craft a truly memorable tale. I put it all — and much more — into The Perfect 10.

This project is a first for me. I've built my career in the nonfiction world: editing magazines such as The Land Report; writing books and screenplays such as The Cup, starring Brendan Gleeson and directed by Simon Wincer; and dashing off articles for The New York Times, Cigar Aficionado, and Texas Monthly. Despite the steep learning curve, writing a polo murder mystery was a challenge I could not resist.

The Perfect 10 is written. It's ready to go to press. And your pledge will help me bring this book to life. If international intrigue and power plays trip your trigger, then The Perfect 10 is for you. See for yourself. The first chapter is on me! ~ EOK

Risks and challenges

Not many risks: The Perfect 10 has been written, copyedited, and proofed. As far as challenges go: I regularly oversee the design, production, and distribution of 50,000 copies of The Land Report. I'm the magazine's editor, and this experience prepped me for bringing The Perfect 10 to life.

If murder is your game, The Perfect 10 is for you. Help me bring this book to life with a pledge. Thanks in advance for your support!

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    DIGITAL EDITION - THE PERFECT 10: Power up my polo murder mystery on your iPad, Kindle, or other mobile device. Murder not your game? Then buy it for your partner in crime!

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    HARDCOVER EDITION - THE PERFECT 10. Curl up with a copy of my polo murder mystery, and get ready to jet away to Palm Beach, Buenos Aires, London, and the Hamptons. Free shipping worldwide.

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    MAKE MINE A DOUBLE. Order two copies of the hardcover edition and your Uncle Eric will throw in a digital edition. What a mensch! Free shipping worldwide.

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    THAT'S RIGHT, ERIC — I SAID A SIX-PACK. This is one of those rare instances when overindulging is encouraged. Get three hardcover copies + three digital editions of The Perfect 10 delivered to your doorstep + your InBox. Free shipping worldwide.

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    PRIVATE EDITION - THE PERFECT 10. In addition to a signed, limited edition of The Perfect 10 in its own slipcase, this reward includes a print of the cover art by renowned watercolorist Don Weller + a printed page from one of the many early drafts signed by yours truly. Free shipping worldwide.

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    THE PERFECT 100. I know what you're thinking: Will 100 copies of The Perfect 10 be enough? Probably not. Free shipping anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.

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    IF YOU INSIST. I will be more than happy to provide you and your guests a reading from The Perfect 10 as well as inscribe 100 copies. Travel and lodging on you. Bells and whistles on me.

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    A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. Your assignment, if you choose to accept it, is to join me for an unforgettable evening in Palm Beach. Yes, you will be privy to countless behind-the-scenes details pertaining to The Perfect 10. Better yet, you will learn the ins and outs of one of the world’s most spectacular destinations courtesy of the ultimate insider. Brace for impact!

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