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A golf pro becomes a reluctant detective.

Jenny Chase is assistant golf pro at Harbor Terrace Country Club. Her problems are limited to a few issues with her ex-husband, her teenaged son and her remote father—until she finds a body. On the day she’s scheduled to compete in the U.S. Open sectional qualifier, she goes to work early to open the cart barn and finds greenskeeper Rick Gilbert hanging from the rafters. Briefly questioned by attractive Detective Donahue, Jenny tries to forget the scene as she, with her son Sam as caddie, takes off for the Westchester Country Club, where she duly qualifies for the Open. But she’s pulled back into the investigation when she discovers that Rick had called her five times the night before his death, and his wife Kit asks for her help when the insurance company refuses to pay out on a suicide. Kit is sure Rick wouldn’t kill himself and leave her to struggle alone to support their autistic son. When Sam is accused of theft, Jenny gets involved with another cop, Nick Cirillo, the town youth officer. Since neither Donahue nor Cirillo is much interested in her theory that Rick was murdered, Jenny searches for clues to prove her case, eventually unearthing some disturbing issues in Rick’s background that mark her for death.

A strong heroine anchors a tense series debut that will appeal to more than just golfers.

Pub Date: May 12th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-312-53888-0
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Minotaur
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2009