“The Setup Man”–Review

51u8oWwsarL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, this is some good detective/mystery fiction.

In The Setup Man, Johnny Adcock is an aging pitcher for the Major Leagues, along with a perfect retirement plan: working as a private investigator.  With the brain and brawn, Johnny knows Major League Baseball is a good source of employment while, at the same time, handling the unique problems of professional athletes.  Baseball salaries have always attracted gangsters, hustlers, and predators of all types who prey on the players’ egos.  When players, coaches, agents, or wives have problems they don’t want to make public, to whom do they turn?  Johnny Adcock.

While on the bus, after a game, Johnny’s teammate, Frankie Herrera, confides in Johnny that he has a “problem with his wife.”  Johnny takes on the case, assuming it’s just another marital issue, which can be common with athletes’ spouses.  The case becomes dangerous when Frankie winds up dead in a car accident, leaving too many unanswered questions.

The case takes Johnny into dangerous territory, stumbling upon a deadly ring of murder, porn, Mexican cartels, and a conspiracy that may threaten to become the biggest scandal to hit Major League Baseball.

Ballplayers lead exciting lives, don’t they?  Once I got toward the middle of this book, I had to keep reading.  I enjoyed the narration, including the dialogue.  I like how fast-paced it was, how it all just got to the point.  Should you read this book, as always, let me know what you think.

Up next, I’ll be reading Double Switch, the follow-up to The Setup Man.  I’ll keep you updated.  Happy reading!

About the author: T.T. Monday lives in San Jose, California.  The Setup Man is his first thriller.  For more info, click here.

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Reading passages to consider

Good afternoon, bloggers!  I don’t know about you, but, every now and then, I like to jot down some reading passages for safekeeping.  They’re just nice to think about, once in a while.  In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few.  I may add more in a later post.  There are even a few I need to practice.  Enjoy.

  • “Habit is a vain and treacherous goddess. She lets nothing disrupt her rule.  She smothers one desire after another: the desire to travel, the desire for a better job or a new love.  She stops us from asking ourselves whether we continue to enjoy doing what we do.”–The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George.
  • “Opportunities will present themselves.  Recognize them, act on them.”–The Bourne Supremacy, by Robert Ludlum.
  • “Know where you’re going, give yourself a direction so you’re not floundering, but don’t restrict the natural inclination to wander.”–The Chancellor Manuscript, by Robert Ludlum.
  • “…Wipe the slate clean and start writing a new history.  But the chances were that wasn’t going to happen.  People hold onto things, especially bad things, much too long.  They let the past shape their future.  Big mistake.”–Swann Dives In, by Charles Salzberg.
  • “My nightmares are me.  I have to live with the things I’ve done on this earth.  I don’t have to like them.  I’ve done good and I’ve done bad.  You tell me I can take that pain away?  That pain is how I know who I am and who I’m not.”–The Janson Directive, by Robert Ludlum.
  • “If any object, achievement, or relationship was a true cause of happiness, then whoever had such a thing should be happy.  But no such thing has ever been found.  What’s saddest of all is that if we believe that our happiness depends on something we don’t currently have, then we can’t be happy here and now.  Yet here and now is the only time we can be happy.  We can’t be happy in the future; it doesn’t yet exist.”–The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Art of Purring, by David Michie.
  • “The things you fear are all inside your own heads.  And I sometimes think such fears make life not worth living.  Is it a life to be in terror every day?  To start whenever anyone knocks at the door?  To recoil in shock from every thoughtless insult?  If those are the conditions on which we hold our own freedom to be ourselves, marry, bring up children, worship, then it is no freedom at all.  You cannot live a life forever waiting for it to end.  And it is such a waste when we could be so happy.”–J, by Howard Jacobson.
  • “The trouble is that so many people, most of them women, think they have to have a perfect body to be loved.  But all it has to do is be capable of loving—and being loved.”–The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George.
  • “I think I know what’s going through your mind.  A sense of helplessness, of drifting without a rudder to put you on a course…But believe me when I tell you, you are not helpless.  You will find your way.”–The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum.