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Double Switch (Johnny Adcock #2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  161 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Blackmail. Bullets. Deception. It’s time to play ball.

Johnny Adcock, the aging major-league relief pitcher who moonlights as a private investigator, returns in the thrilling follow-up to The Setup Man
     Johnny Adcock doesn’t have an office; he has the bullpen. That’s where he’s sitting shelling sunflower seeds after a game, when up walks Tiff Tate, the enigmatic, care
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Doubleday
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Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't get past the sexism. It's not that the protagonist has sex with three different women, it's that he literally gets out of bed with one woman to go have sex with another. There's a difference between an open relationship and a lack of respect for women, and this narrator is full of the latter. There also was not enough baseball for a "baseball mystery." The plot was related to player recruitment, but any detective could've tackled it; the fact tha ...more
Simon McDonald
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Setup Man, the first Johnny Adcock novel, and indeed T.T. Monday’s debut, was a fine mystery starring aging Major League Baseball pitcher, Johnny Adcock, who moonlighted as a private detective to resolve the unique set of problems that afflict those in, and around, his elite profession. In its sequel, Double Switch, Adcock is up to his old tricks again — only this time, his opponents are even deadlier: ruthless South American smugglers lead by the female assassin known only as La Loba.

Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
The book was on my "want to read shelves" so when an opportunity to enter the contest for a free give away arose, I jumped at the chance. I won, hence the following review.
This is the second installment with the protagonist "johnny Adcock" a relief pitcher for a fictitious San Jose baseball team. Johnny is the relief pitcher who comes in, usually during the late innings, to face left-handed batters. In his spare time, he takes on part time investigative work for his fellow team members and othe
Kasa Cotugno
This is really two books in one -- yes, there's a mystery to be solved, but it is also the work of an author who obviously loves baseball and knows a lot about it -- a hybrid of fact and fiction that is truly delicious and well informed. The series stars Johnny Adcock, relief lefty for the San Jose Bay Dogs, a fictitious major league team in the NLW who moonlights as an investigator, usually involving cases of wayward wives or family embarrassments. Scenes on the field or while Adcock is on the ...more
William Mehl
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Won on goodreads. Absolutely enjoyable. Johnny Adcock was a player to admire. His mixture of baseball and detective work was a homerun.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
3.5. Good, not great.
Ray Palen
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Released just in time to coincide with the start of another Major League Baseball Spring Training season is the second baseball mystery by author T.T. Monday entitled DOUBLE SWITCH. Monday is the admitted pseudonym of novelist Nick Taylor and he combines his obvious love of baseball with terrific plotting and characters that spring to life on the page.

Veteran lefty --- or 'southpaw' --- reliever Johnny Adcock is resigned to the fact that his waning years in the big leagues will be spent as a set
Gloria Feit
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book is equal parts mystery and baseball. Johnny Adcock is a terrific protagonist. He is a no-longer-young baseball player, 36 to be exact, fourteen years in the big leagues, his assigned role to come into a game in the eighth inning, primarily to face left-handed hitters (as he is a southpaw himself), and retire them (working, as he says, ten minutes a night). Divorced and with a teenage daughter, he plays for the fictional San Jose Bay Dogs. In the opening pages, Johnny meets a woman with ...more
Amy Sunahara
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Thought a baseball mystery would be fun - it wasn't. Found the main character Johnny Adcock to be arrogant and crass; sleeps with any woman because she's there and he can - even when it makes no sense with the plot line (point made, though, if that's what the author is demonstrating about MLB players); and a complete disregard for MLB rules about his detective "hobbying" but conveniently gets out of paying the consequences when caught (he's just SO conflicted because he's an aging pitcher and lo ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Being a huge Troy Soos fan I was excited to find this book in my local library. I loved the mix of Baseball history with the detective work of Mickey Rawlings (name a combination of his favorite baseball player and baseball mitt) and how they were woven together to make a remarkable story. This book however falls short of that combination. This book is neither a true mystery nor a baseball story. TT Monday is definitely a fan of the game and I wish he used it more in his story. I question as to ...more
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: won
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. My opinion is just that...mine...and completely unbiased.

I really liked this book and not just because I live in St. Louis where most of us are all about baseball. Monday gives us a great story line with entertaining characters and a believable plot. Adcock, as the pro baseball player/gumshoe, is cocky but lovable, and you can't help but wonder what he will get himself involved in next.

I do recommend this book, but especially to mystery-noir lovers who are in
Sandy Kay Kay
Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the series featuring relief pitcher Johnny Adcock. This is definitely a series for baseball lovers because there is at least as much baseball as sleuthing. I didn't enjoy it as much as the first one, mostly because Adcock is more of a horndog than I remembered from the first book. I realize professional athletes have a reputation for sleeping around but it got kind of ridiculous in this book.

Nevertheless, the mystery was interesting and I didn't see the twist coming at
Greg Burton
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Second in an entertaining series starring an aging relief pitcher who also engages in detective work, sometimes violent. Johnny Adcock, at the request of a trendy makeover expert specializing in sports hype, tries to help a recent Cuban defector who is tearing up the big leagues but plagued by a powerful blackmail ring. Adcock is an enjoyable character, though Monday has trouble making up his mind whether or not he is supposed to be a cynical mercenary. He talks a cynical streak, especially abou ...more
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
When reading Double Switch, I couldn’t help but examine Adcock’s relationship with Tiff Tate in the context of film noir. A common motif in film noir are the femme fatale, which in Double Switch, I see Tiff Tate take up an identical role. Her existence alone embodies danger, as she guides Adcock through a heap of trouble in order to salvage victims in the realm of major league baseball. Given the fact that this novel also falls under the premises of mystery, I believe it is safe to say that asso ...more
Tom Gase
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
It was okay. Not as good as the first one by author T.T. Monday, but still a fun read even if a little predictable. Nothing too mind-blowing. Starting to really like the main character, so I hope the author continues the series. The story is about a relief pitcher for a MLB team that also works as a private investigator. Uses real and made up teams and real players and made up players.
Joe O'Connor
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent; Continuing character: Johnny Adcock; the relief pitcher tries to help out a Cuban player whose family is being held hostage unless he turns over his salary, but not is all as it seems; lots of behind the scenes baseball info; received this book in a Goodreads giveaway
Julian Meanchoff
The premise of this series is so ludicrous that I can't help but enjoy it.
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Love the baseball, but not finding the mystery very interesting or well-plotted. Meh.
Sally Channing
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
Good read if you like baseball, Giants baseball, which I do.
Ravi Krishnaswami
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this in one day on a coast to coast 2 leg flight. Ignored all in flight entertainment. It's a page turner! If you love baseball, pick this mystery up.
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Double Switch by T. T. Monday is the second book in the series featuring San Jose Bull Dogs Relief Pitcher, Johnny Adcock. He is well aware that he is far closer to the end of his career than the start as he moonlights as a non-paid private investigator to his fellow players. He’s helped more than one player out of a jam and keeps details to himself. That fact and a few other things means he has a bit of a reputation around Major League Baseball (MLB) among the players and the ownership.

Tiff Tat
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Johnny Adcock is an aging relief pitcher who's not ready to retire from the big leagues. His sideline - investigating delicate matters for other players, coaches and other baseball folks - appeals to him as much, if not more than getting the third out of the inning in a close game. But it seems the head honchos of MLB have decided it's time for his investigations to be sidelined, and they've hired an ex-Secret Serviceman to take over the business of resolving issues that make for bad play and wo ...more
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Solid second entry in T.T. Monday's Johnny Adcock series. The baseball-relief-pitcher-as-private-eye set-up continues to work well, though the case from the first book seemed to gel better than this second outing. I loved this for the baseball and the Bay Area references (e.g. See rant about Levi's stadium on pgs. 132-133). However, it is a men's formula fiction (MFF) series, which means that (view spoiler). It will ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a story about a journeyman relief pitcher, Johnny Adcock, who moonlights on the side as a private investigator. His hook is that he is on the inside and thus trusted by most of his ballplayer clients to be appropriately discrete. He is hired by a player's publicist to look into extortion threats against the family of one of her clients, a star young Latino player who she personally smuggled out of Cuba. The threat results in part from her inadvertently double crossing a Caribbean crimina ...more
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
T. T. Monday is one of my favorite authors, and the best at writing about MLB fictionally...

Johnny Adcock has a wonderful voice and is full of insights into the game.
"The Padres are mediocre again this year, but they have a few bright spots. Because they were basically out of the division race by All-Star break, management used the last half of the season to audition prospects on the big stage. Most of the fresh meat melted under pressure, or thrived for a quick week or two before the league ide
David Ketelsen
Nov 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: baseball enthusiasts
I received a free copy of this book for review.

Double Switch by TT Monday is a light, engaging mystery that happens in the microcosm of professional baseball using relief pitcher Johnny Adcock as the protagonist.

I really enjoyed the baseball atmosphere of this novel and found many of the characters genuine. The reason for the low rating is the complicated plot which moves along at a nice clip, but ultimately is ridiculous. As long as you don't reflect on what's happening the book is fine, but st
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've put down the past four or five books I've started -- some by acclaimed writers, some not -- but this one wouldn't let me. Finished it in three days, a record given that I read more slowly than molasses flows up-tree in December. I was a huge fan of The Setup Man, and unlike a lot of second-in-the-series, this one rocks at every level. Great characters (including a relief pitcher slash private eye with more attitude than five rap stars), great plot, and a fascinating (and relevant) central m ...more
Steve Tripp
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: baseball, sports
For the simple reason that I'm a fan of baseball fiction, I wanted to like this book ....... the modern day baseball references are quite colourful and very accurate (and pretty funny at times). But beyond those comments, I have nothing terribly positive to say about this book. The plot is convoluted and complicated and some of the characters border of comical in a stupid way (and I'm pretty sure that's not what the author was shooting for). Thankfully, I don't see the series as a viable long ru ...more
Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Breezy little book about a relief pitcher for the fictional San Jose Bay Dogs who works as a Private Eye in his spare time. Funny insights about the game of baseball, and some great one liners are peppered throughout the book. My favorite: "Nothing's more punk than old people fucking." (page 177). I'm not usually a fan of detective stories or even series like this, but I am a fan of baseball and this one refuses to take itself too seriously. I enjoyed it and it's a great way to pass a few hours ...more
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was terribly disappointed by this book.

It starts out with a great premise, a ballplayer/detective who is everyone's go to person.

Then shortly after it becomes a propaganda machine, anti- other cultures.

I believe the author owes the Latin American countries and their people an apology.

This could have been an interesting and very readable book, it wasn't.

JMHO, of course, but I read a lot, and no, I am not Latina But it is offensive.


Oh yeah, I got this book free from Good Read
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T.T. Monday is the pseudonym of novelist Nick Taylor, author of The Disagreement (2008) and Father Junípero's Confessor (2013). Double Switch (2016) is the second novel to feature the Johnny Adcock, following The Setup Man (2014). He lives in California.
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