Toss by Boomer Esiason
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Retired gridiron great Boomer Esiason has delivered a sharp, edgy story with riveting insider details about the game and business of professional football. When golden boy Derek Brody signs a $6 million dollar deal to play for the New York Stars, the rookie quarterback figures the world is his oyster. Then reality sets in after meeting his new football "family "--the all-too benevolent owner of the Stars, Papa Goldman; his daughter and Director of Communications, Dominique, who holds a certain fondness for quarterbacks; a frazzled and frustrated head coach; a team of malcontents and racial tensions; and a shady Director of Personnel. But all of his concerns for the team become secondary when an ex-Stars quarterback is found dead, and Brody finds himself hustling just to stay alive while confronting the scars of his own past. With a little luck, smarts, and help from a beautiful aspiring actress, this is one time he can't drop the ball!

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published October 1, 1998 by Dutton Adult. 384 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books. Fiction

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When ex-NFL player Eric Smith and a pizza delivery boy are murdered, following a visit from Derek, the new player falls under suspicion, as he does when a dead prostitute, hidden in a locker, is discovered.

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Soon the suspicions gather heft: after Brody meets Stars' ex-quarterback Eric Smith, Smith is murdered, leaving behind incriminating notes on the team's murky doings, notes that his friend Shay Falan passes along to Brody.

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