Kill the Quarterback


When a star quarterback is killed before his senior year, hardboiled reporter Mitch Sawyer must battle personal and professional demons in order to track down a killer before he strikes again.

Mitch Sawyer likes a good murder. A good murder means his stories will probably land on the front page of the Nashville Daily Tribune. But this one is different. This one is Jimmy Chin Lee, brilliant quarterback at Vanderbilt University and possibly — probably — the next Heisman Trophy winner. But two weeks before the season is to begin, Lee is found dead in his west side apartment, victim of a gunshot wound.

There are no clues. There’s nothing that the forensic team can produce that will point in any direction. There’s only a rumor about a girlfriend, someone that no one seems to have seen.

Then Mitch finds her. Rather, she finds him. She’s afraid. She thinks either the police are going to charge her with Jimmy Chin’s murder or she is going to be killed herself. She asks Mitch for help.

Thus, Mitch enters a vortex of professional and cultural complexities that eventually make him the target of the killer.

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“(Stovall) writes about the back-room politics of a major newspaper like he’s BTDT – been there, done that.”

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