- ISBN: 9780375432767
- ISBN: 0375432760
417 p. (large print) ; 25 cm.
- Edition: Large print ed.
- Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, 2003.
|General Note:||1st published by Ballantine Books, New York : c2002.|
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 December 2001
Imagine an author trying to write a legal thriller with no idea what happens in a courtroom. Inconceivable? Well, here we have a mystery set during the Masters Golf Tournament written by an author who knows nothing about golf. Bernhardt, the author of several best-selling legal thrillers, was lured into leaving the courtroom when literary agent Robert Gottlieb suggested a mystery set at the Masters. (Note to Bob: You forgot to ask Bernhardt if he knew the difference between a driver and a nine-iron.) It would take pages to detail all the golf-related howlers in this surrealistically bad novel, but here's a taste: water hazards on golf courses are never called "water traps"; there are no pot bunkers at Augusta National; you don't tee off with a nine-iron on a 450-yard hole, even if it is your "favorite club"; pros don't "lay up" on a par-three hole; Masters competitors don't need to wait for the official scores to be "posted" in the clubhouse to know who won; and on and on and on. Howlers aside, the plot (bad-boy pro grows up, finds his game, solves murders) is ludicrous; the cops are almost as unrealistic as the golfers; and the dialogue is constipated with lame backstory. Hype (the novel's publication is timed to this year's Masters) and Bernhardt's past successes may generate some initial demand for this fiasco, but buy cautiously. Golfers will be insulted, and Bernhardt's fans will be waiting in vain for a courtroom scene. ((Reviewed December 1, 2001)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews
William Bernhardt is the author of fourteen books, including Primary Justice, Perfect Justice, Double Jeopardy, Naked Justiceâwhich led Library Journal to dub the author âmaster of the courtroom dramaââSilent Justice, and Murder One. He has twice won the Oklahoma Book Award for Best Fiction and in 2000 he was presented the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award âin recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large.â A former trial attorney, Bernhardt has received several awards for his public service. He lives in Tulsa with his wife, Kirsten, and their children, Harry, Alice, and Ralph.
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