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Thursday, August 11, 2011

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: BULLET HOLE!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: BULLET HOLE!

KEITH MILES

I missed last week's Forgotten Books post due to a hectic schedule, but I'm back this week with an old favorite . . .

A good golf mystery doesn’t just have a tenuous connection to the sport, such as a body found in a sand trap with no other connection to the game. A good golf mystery turns the game into an integral part of the plot. And the best golf mysteries tie something from the game into the solution to the puzzle.

Keith Miles’ Alan Saxon novels are among the best golf mysteries. Saxon is a likable character and his creator, Miles, knows the game of golf inside and out. Miles also knows how to tell an engaging story, giving you just enough golf to keep the enthusiast happy, while keeping the details down to a level acceptable to the golf neophyte – a tough trick to pull off.

Aside from pulling off this balancing act, Miles also manages to keep his mystery engaging – making for a mystery hat trick.

BULLET HOLE

In the world of championship golf, the stakes are high and passions run to match. And never more so than at the British Open Championship, particularly when it is played at Saint Andrews, venerable home of the game.

For Alan Saxon, too long ago a champion and once again in top form, this is a crucial tournament, and he must carefully prepare himself. He must shut out thoughts of his failed marriage, detach himself from his bouncy, demanding lover, live quietly in his motor home on a secluded farm. But his ritual is rudely interrupted by the appearance of a young, pretty golf groupie who starts by demanding a lift and ends up naked and dead in his bed.

She is not the only casualty, and it fast becomes clear that someone wants Saxon out of the open. But which one of his competitors or their entourages needs so desperately to win that he will stop at nothing to do so? The list is long and everyone has a motive, while the clues lead everywhere. As the championship builds to its climax, at last Saxon thinks he knows who the killer is – but then he must decide: which hole is the bullet hole?

If you like sports mysteries and you haven’t yet discovered Keith Miles, the first Alan Saxon golf mystery, Bullet Hole, is a great places to start. Miles has written a number of other sports related mysteries, but the Alan Saxon tales are his vanguard.

THE ALAN SAXON GOLF MYSTERIES

BULLET HOLE
DOUBLE EAGLE
FLAGSTICK
BERMUDA GRASS
HONOLULU PLAY-OFF

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