Fore Play by Linda Faiola Sheehan

Fore Play

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A company of spineless, scheming men try to gouge a California country club for every penny it’s worth in Sheehan’s seamy, steamy comedy of errors.

Bellsone Country Club had seen better days; indeed, it had seen the glory days. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, and Bing Crosby had all brought luster to the links, but it fell on difficult times, and the men on the board were launching one desperate illegal act after another to regain solvency and reinvent the golf course as a destination. That hinged on a victory by the Cruella de Ville of golf, Mandy Manville, who isn’t what she appears to be—in terms of her past as well as her plastic surgery—but she can swing a club. Her victory at the club championship would garner an invitation to the Cialis Pro-Am at St. Andrews in Scotland, not to mention heaps of publicity for Bellsone. Soon enough, readers will pick up on the story’s high jinks, which involve bodice-ripping, a tongue-in-cheek Hollywood plaything, and some very nicely tuned farce. Characters are cut from the big screen (including a walk-on for Danny DeVito): “Standing 6’ 2” with jet black hair, a chiseled chin, and evoking a young George Clooney, Trevor Studley was considered the hottest film star of 2011.” There’s also plenty of conspicuous cleavage as well as bloated, alcoholic faces, which are in need of the country club’s secret weapon: the beaks of newly hatched white trumpet cranes, the club’s signature bird, which will have to be killed. Their beaks “are packed with a unique form of beta keratin” that, when turned into a serum, is said to be better than Botox. Sheehan is clearly having a good time even if the whole great mess gets rather neatly and quickly wrapped in a swarm of see-the-light epiphanies.

A goofy golfing tale that hits the green. 

Publisher: Manuscript
Program: Kirkus Indie
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2015


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