Chris Brennan is ready to start his new job as an AP Government teacher and baseball coach at Central Valley High School in rural Pennsylvania. However, Chris is not a teacher or a coach, and it quickly becomes clear that his real profession has nothing to do with education. He studies the students in class and pays particularly close attention to the boys who are also on the baseball team. He performs social experiments both during and outside of class to further analyze the personality traits of his students which will help him accomplish his undercover mission which is both secretive and dangerous. As he gets to know the students, their families, and other members of the community, he finds it increasingly difficult to maintain the necessary distance required between an undercover federal agent and the life in which they must become immersed. As lines between his personal and professional life continue to blur, tragedy strikes the community. Chris must decide whether to keep his undercover persona in hopes of getting to the bottom of a complicated and dangerous mystery or reveal himself and risk losing everything. It’s a race against time as Chris tries to save lives, including his own.
Trigger warnings: mild language, suicide, murder, mild sexual content
Why I read it: recommendation in online book club