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Kill the Quarterback
Kill the Quarterback
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Nashville police reporter Mitch Sawyer finds out more than he wants to know when he covers the murder of a star collegiate quarterback two weeks before his senior season is set to begin. Sawyer has to battle personal and professional demons -- and manage to stay alive himself -- to find out: Who killed the quarterback? Kill the Quarterback
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Nashville police reporter Mitch Sawyer finds out more than he wants to know when he covers the murder of a star collegiate quarterback two weeks before his senior season is set to begin. Sawyer has to battle personal and professional demons -- and manage to stay alive himself -- to find out:

Who killed the quarterback?

Kill the Quarterback

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Chapter 1

Like just about everything else in his short but remarkable life, the death of Jimmy Chin Lee was perfectly timed., at least as far as the staff of the Nashville Tribune was concerned. It came early on a Saturday morning, too late for the Saturday edition but with plenty of time left for the Sunday paper.

Of course, I couldn’t say that to anybody, especially if the person wasn’t a journalist. But every journalist who has covered breaking news would know what I was talking about. You hate the person who dies too close to deadline.  

And Jimmy Chin Lee was hard to hate, even if you found yourself in the stands on a fall Saturday afternoon hoping a linebacker for your team would flatten him before he zipped a pass to one of his tight ends. Jimmy Chin had a manner, a presence, an aura that endeared him to just about everybody.

Except to the person who killed him.

My mind randomly and irreverently dialed through these thoughts on that hot, humid Saturday afternoon in August, a couple of weeks before the collegiate football season was to begin. The newsroom of the Tribune, Nashville’s second-place and second-rate newspaper where I was the chief cop and crime reporter, buzzed with people and sound. Normally, at this hour of the week, the newsroom was silent. Nothing makes a newsroom come alive like the death of a famous person.

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About Jim

Jim Stovall is a member of the faculty of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee. He has previously taught at the University of Alabama and Emory & Henry College. He is the author of a number of textbooks including...

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