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Double Switch

T.T. Monday. Doubleday, $25.95 (240p) ISBN 978-0-385-53995-1

In Monday’s solid follow-up to 2014’s The Setup Man, the major league baseball career of San José Dogs Bay reliever Johnny Adcock is winding down. Meanwhile, Adcock has earned a reputation as a problem solver for his teammates and other athletes, but he’s still surprised when Tiff Tate, a high-paid sports consultant “who designs a custom on-field look for each of her clients,” approaches him for help with Cuban refugee Yonel Ruiz, the Colorado Rockies’ star rookie outfielder. According to Tate, Ruiz is being blackmailed by Venezuelans who are holding his family hostage. Ruiz won’t talk to Adcock, Tate isn’t telling him everything, and the person who does dare talk to him about Ruiz is murdered. Adcock’s investigation rubs the MLB’s new director of personnel security the wrong way, which is bad enough, but it also offends others who are much more dangerous. Monday handles the baseball action flawlessly with this timely look at the influx of Cuban ballplayers and those eager to take advantage of them. Agent: Jennifer Carlson, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. (Mar.)