Title: The Agent
Author: George V. Higgins
By the time Lieutenant Inspector Francis Clay arrives on the scene of the murder of Alexander Drouhin, head of one of the nation’s leading sports agencies, he discovers that the gritty sport agent’s friends and enemies all seem to have both motives and alibis.
No one likes Alexander Drouhin. Handsome, ruthless, and as smooth as a pool shark, Alex has built the largest and most successful sports agency in the nation from the ground up, leaving dissatisfied athletes and angry executives in his wake. Alex knows that greed can get you everything, but he never expected to get more than he bargained for.
Surrounded by a motley staff of ex-football players and hungry junior agents, Alex is too busy closing the deal to notice that just about everyone, especially his own “associates,” would be better off without him.
So when Alex is found in his palatial mansion on the outskirts of Boston with a bullet in his head, there is no shortage of suspects — from pistol-packing limo drivers and bitter partners, to whining millionaire athletes. And by the time Lieutenant Francis Clay arrives on the scene, it appears that everyone has an alibi and no one has a clue.
More than just a detective story, The Agent is an unrelenting examination of a world in which no outrageous amount of money is ever enough and there’s more to the game than just scoring points. George V. Higgins, master of the literary thriller, turns his eye for detail and his ear for dialogue to the seamy underside of the high-powered, high-dollar world of sports agenting.