BAD LIE by John R. Corrigan


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PGA golfer Jack Austin (Snap Hook, 2004) risks it all to help his former caddie discover the truth about his father’s murder.

Curry College football star Nash Henley barely remembers his dad, who walked out when Nash was five, and his hopes of reconnecting with him are dashed when Owen Henley’s battered corpse is found in his seedy apartment in Milton, Mass. So Nash turns to surrogate-dad Austin for help in finding out what really happened to his biological father. Between the 18th hole of the Buick Championship in Cromwell, Conn., and the first tee of the Valero Texas Open, Austin and his best friend, PGA security guard Darcy Perkins, manage to annoy enough people—Owen’s stoner ex-wife Claire, gangbanger Terrell Smith, tough guy Jerome Pulchuck, Canadian thugs Robert and Marty Pike—to touch off threats against Jack’s sportscaster wife Lisa and their two-year-old. For a while, it looks as if Jack’s toughest job will be helping his old friend Brian “Padre” Tarbuck fix his ailing putts. But when Jack pops Pulchuck for fondling his daughter’s golden curls at the Deutsche Bank Championship, and PGA Tour Commissioner Peter Barrett fines him $50,000, suggesting that this season may be Jack’s last, even expert caddie Tim Silver has a hard time figuring out how to play the course.

Corrigan describes each hole in stupefying detail, leaving little room for his humdrum mystery to unfold.

Pub Date: Oct. 31st, 2005
ISBN: 1-58465-454-6
Page count: 256pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2005