Rugby is a ruffian’s game played by gentlemen. But when lifelong friendships are betrayed, even a gentleman can lose control. Welcome to the world of Loose Head, a first-class thriller and murder mystery set in the world of international rugby. Anyone who has ever played the game knows the first Rule of Rugby: what happens on tour, stays on tour. When John Weathersby, loose-head prop for the aristocratic Hastewicke Gentlemen old-boys rugby team, violates this sacred trust, the consequences are swift – and deadly. And it’s up to Dex Reed, Hastewicke flanker and a detective with Hendon Specialist Crime Directorate, to discover which of his teammates will stoop to slaughter to protect his secret life. Dex is faced with a gut-wrenching dilemma: how to solve a blackmailer’s murder while still protecting his oldest friends’ dark secrets – and his own. Along the way he must unravel a tangled skein of duplicity, on his way to an answer he could never expect.
For more than 20 years, Jeff Keithly played second row for the Portland Rugby Club (also known as the Pigs) and, later, the Portland Old Boars. His love for the game of rugby, and the globe-spanning friendships acquired during decades of rugby touring, inspired him to write Loose Head. Mr. Keithly is a full-time professional writer whose work has taken him as far afield as Australia, Tasmania and Tahiti. A native of Oregon, he divides his time between the Pacific Northwest and Maui.
Published in 2012. 348 pages.