Johnny Adcock doesn't have an office; he has the bullpen. That's where he's sitting shelling sunflower seeds after a game, when up walks Tiff Tate, the enigmatic, career-making PR/stylist behind the most highly marketable looks in baseball. Tiff needs Adcock's special brand of expertise. Her new client is Yonel Ruiz, the rookie phenom who courageously risked life and limb in shark-infested waters to flee his native Cuba for fame, fortune, and freedom in Major League Baseball. Now that Ruiz has signed a record-setting contract, the Venezuelan cartel that smuggled him out is squeezing him for a bigger slice of the action and they've unleashed a ruthless assassin, known only as La Loba, to collect. Adcock takes the case, even though the front office wants to shut down his side job and has sent its no-nonsense corporate fixer and "director of security" to keep a close eye on him. Adcock is immediately swept up in a high-pressure game full of surprising twists, double crosses, and deadly gambits that will leave him fighting for his life and in danger of losing more than the heat off his fastball or a spot in the playoffs.
Critics raved about The Setup Man "A sexy mystery with a rakish lead" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), "This rookie thriller writer has homered his first time at bat" (The Free Lance-Star), and "Teems with sex, violence--and baseball . . . Monday deserves promotion to the starting rotation of thriller writers" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). Double Switch proves that Johnny Adcock is one of the genre's most entertaining detectives in years, and gives readers a welcome return to the sexy,
action-packed, and thrilling world where high-stakes professional sports and life-or-death action collide.
- ISBN-13: 9780385539951
- ISBN-10: 0385539959
- Publisher: Doubleday Books
- Publish Date: March 2016
- Page Count: 240
- Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-30
- Reviewer: Staff
In Mondays solid follow-up to 2014s The Setup Man, the major league baseball career of San José Dogs Bay reliever Johnny Adcock is winding down. Meanwhile, Adcock has earned a reputation as a problem solver for his teammates and other athletes, but hes still surprised when Tiff Tate, a high-paid sports consultant who designs a custom on-field look for each of her clients, approaches him for help with Cuban refugee Yonel Ruiz, the Colorado Rockies star rookie outfielder. According to Tate, Ruiz is being blackmailed by Venezuelans who are holding his family hostage. Ruiz wont talk to Adcock, Tate isnt telling him everything, and the person who does dare talk to him about Ruiz is murdered. Adcocks investigation rubs the MLBs new director of personnel security the wrong way, which is bad enough, but it also offends others who are much more dangerous. Monday handles the baseball action flawlessly with this timely look at the influx of Cuban ballplayers and those eager to take advantage of them. Agent: Jennifer Carlson, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. (Mar.)