Fourth Down by Dave Klein

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Once Ed Buck, sports reporter, and Adam Benson, star quarterback for the Chicago Bears, played football on the same college team.  Years later, they are still close friends.  In New York for a game against the Giants, Benson hands Buck the biggest story of his career. Gambling on football is one of the country's leading "industries," and the mob's been forcing Benson to throw games.  The quarterback has had enough.  Sunday, he tells Buck, he's playing to win, and to hell with the mob.  After the game, Buck can run with the story. Adam Benson never makes it off the field alive, and Ed Buck suspects his friend was murdered.  Buck knows barely enough to convince a police detective to look into Benson's death--but more than enough to set the mob on his tail. As Lt. Gerry Keegan probes the tangled connections between the dead quarterback and the head of an organized crime family, uncovering drug dealing, murder, blackmail, prostitution, and double- and triple-crosses, Ed Buck and his fiancee run for their lives.

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Dave is a developer with Contegix, a company specializing in delivering managed internet infrastructure based upon Linux, Mac OS X, JEE, and Grails. Dave has worked as a developer, architect, project manager, mentor, and trainer for the past 15 years, and has presented at user groups and national conferences. Dave's Groovy and Grails-related thoughts can be found at
Published September 15, 2000 by Forge Books. 304 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Years later, on the eve of a game against the Giants, Benson knocks back a few vodkas and tells Buck that he’s been losing games because he and his sexpot wife Sherri have been receiving death threats from a mysterious mobster.

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In 48 short, crackling chapters and an epilogue, veteran football journalist Klein (Blindside) spins a compelling yarn of a football fix gone wrong. New York sportswriter Ed Buck is contacted by his c

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With the help of New York police lieutenant Gerry Keegan, a sports psychologist, his girlfriend Leigh and Benson's widow, Sherri, Ed tracks down the murderer and finds him linked to a chain of command leading from merely greedy and seedy racketeers to the mysterious kingpin of a massive crime syn...

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