When a famous golfing pro is shot to death in front of millions of viewers during the U.S. Open Championship, Quinn Parker remembers that the victim had received a death threat and vows to track down the murderer. Reprint.
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How seriously should small-time golf hustler Brad Helfan take the threats to kill him and his family if he doesn't blow his improbable last-round lead in the US Open at Pebble Beach, Calif.? Very seriously, says the bullet that drops him on the 18th fairway, where he's still two strokes up. But Brad's caddy, noted San Francisco phobiaphile Quinn Parker (Full-Bodied Red, 1993, etc.), feels guilty because he wouldn't let Brad quit. So, he won't let the investigation end when the police find the sniper dead in San Luis Obispo. Who would've been hurt if Brad had won the Open? And what did the money matter anyway, since Leonard Novak, the sinister hustling partner whom Brad had been sure was behind the threats, tells Quinn that Brad had been taking a hundred grand a year tax- free off duffers like hapless Graham Kirby, who swore to get even after Brad cleaned him out? Kirby's dead now, but could his vengeful widow be behind the kidnapping of Brad's daughter Alison from her hysterical mother, Peggy, who left Brad over his compulsive gambling? And just what's happened to that nest egg Brad had been socking away? Richly episodic and so luxuriously laid back there's almost no tension or suspense. Even after Brad's killed, Peggy's punched out, Alison's snatched, and Quinn's threatened by serious Vegas gamblers, Quinn still has plenty of time to needle Kate Ulrich, who's returned to warm the cockles of his bed, about her old boyfriend, Craig. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Booklist:
Brad Helfan, struggling pro golfer, is walking up the eighteenth fairway at the Pebble Beach Golf Club, three shots away from winning the U.S. Open and becoming the Cinderella story of the decade. Then rifle shots ring out, and Cinderella is turned into a grotesquely bloody pumpkin. Standing numbly beside the body is Helfan's caddy, high-school pal Quinn Parker, the hero of three previous mysteries, most recently Full-Bodied Red. Parker, whose peculiar career as a San Francisco "phobia therapist" seems to involve him in more than his share of murders, attempts to solve the crime. Helfan, it turns out, had received death threats during the tournament and is in trouble with gamblers in Las Vegas and Palm Springs. What follows is a mostly routine investigation--the killer is painfully easy to spot, even for those mystery fans with only marginal interest in whodunit--but the golf setting proves particularly hospitable to the genre, combining the smarminess of the country-club set with the sleaziness of the golf hustler. This is the book Michael Jordan should have read before he agreed to double his bets. Bill Ott
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Book Description Harpercollins (Mm), 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0061093599
Book Description Harpercollins (Mm), 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0061093599
Book Description Harpercollins (Mm), 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110061093599