"The $4 million Nike athletic-shoe contract in Shandell Bird’s shirt pocket wasn’t about to solve his problem – couldn’t even put a dent in it – and neither would the $3.2 million he expected to start drawing in October, once the NBA season started." -- Blackbird, Farewell by Robert Greer. Tantalizing ideas, but a little clunky. This is the seventh in Greer's C.J. Floyd series of mysteries, but only the first one I have read. I am only on the first chapter, so cannot tell yet if it is going to grab me.