A pleasant, unremarkable first novel asking who shoved up-and- coming pro golfer John Turnbull into a ditch off the 14th hole after hours in the middle of a South Carolina tournament. Was it his brainy, attractive financial-analyst bride Becky, his longtime golf rival Bert Lewis, golf groupie Jean MacGarrity, drug-dealing caddy Jocko ``Drugstore'' Moore, or fundamentalist PGA preacher Brother Ed Durkee, whose ``God Squad'' stands to pick up a cool half-million of Turnbull's insurance? Golfer-turned-sportswriter-turned-detective Pete Hacker, when he's not immersed in earnest speculations about the metaphysics of golf (the book's title isn't as flippant as you think), manages to annoy the suspects into fistfights, attempted murder, and a final, plain-vanilla showdown. A series is promised, though it's likely to interest only hard- core golf fans.
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