“A throwback Southern California mystery in modern pinstripes . . . A treat for readers of mystery or baseball novels.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS
Johnny Adcock is an aging Major League pitcher with the perfect retirement plan—he moonlights as a private investigator. Major League Baseball, as it turns out, is a prime source of employment for a philosophically inclined, discreet detective who has both the brains and the brawn to handle the unique problems of professional athletes. Those infamous baseball salaries attract gangsters, hustlers, and predators of every persuasion who prey on the outsized egos of primetime stars. When players, coaches, agents, or wives have a problem they can’t make public, they call Johnny Adcock.
On the team bus after a game, teammate Frankie Herrera confides in Adcock that he has a “problem with his wife.” What sounds like the standard story of a pro athlete’s marriage gone sour quickly turns into the most dangerous case of Adcock’s second career when Frankie is killed in a car accident, leaving far too many questions unanswered.
The investigation takes Adcock into uncharted territory, drawing him into a deadly ring of murder, porn, Mexican cartels, and a conspiracy that threatens to become the biggest scandal to hit baseball since HGH and steroids.
A new heavy hitter on the thriller scene, T. T. Monday takes readers inside a rich and highly entertaining world where crime and baseball intersect and delivers a debut that moves like a 96-mile-an-hour fastball.
About the Author
T.T. MONDAY lives in San Jose, California. The Setup Man is his first thriller.
Praise for The Setup Man…
“A sexy mystery . . . pitch perfect.” —Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"Teems with sex, violence—and baseball. . . . T.T. Monday deserves promotion to the starting rotation of thriller writers."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A world of murder, porn, prostitution and Mexican cartels. . . . This rookie thriller writer has homered his first time at bat.”--The Free Lance-Star
"Filled with baseball lore, Monday’s novel is an amusing and entertaining literary thriller."--The Daily Beast
"Don’t shy away from this mystery if you’re not a baseball fan. The industry is seamlessly interwoven into the story and you’ll pick up all you need to know without any effort. If you are a baseball fan, dive in headfirst....This is the author’s first thriller, but I hope it’s not his last."--Suspense Magazine
"Monday has a “Dragnet”-like, just-the-facts style and offers lots for baseball fans to enjoy as well.'"--New York Post
"Monday delivers an all-star performance with this series debut. Here’s hoping that Adcock has a more than a few innings left in him."--The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax)
" Monday’s plot is inventive, but it’s the verisimilitude of Adcock’s baseball life that makes this one a delight. Adcock is a solid MLB citizen. . . . Here’s hoping he has many more seasons and many more cases."--Booklist, Starred review
"T.T. Monday’s prose is wry, funny and just smartass enough."--Toronto Star
"A throwback Southern California mystery in modern pinstripes....A treat for readers of mystery or baseball novels, this debut will be especially enjoyable for fans of both." --Kirkus Reviews