FORGOTTEN BOOKS ~ DEAD BALL BY BARRY CORK!
This is the first in a series of golf related mysteries. Originally pushed, like so many British sports mysteries, as comparable to Dick Francis, Dead Ball suffered by comparison. However, judged on it’s own merits, it’s a good start to a series, which got stronger with each entry.
Cork's first mystery bears the originality, dry wit and suspense typical of the best British thrillers. Angus Straun, police inspector and author, recounts the doings at the Royal West Wessex Golf Club, where he is investigating suspicious acts originating in landscape vandalism but escalating to the murders of Keith Fletcher, feminist April Yonge and others. Since only days remain before a tournament (expected to attract huge crowds and TV coverage) takes place, cunning is required to guard the gathering world-class champions and halt the perpetrators. Luckily, Straun's literary agent and true love, Laurie Wilson, is on hand to help crack the case. This appealing partnership turns in an offbeat, ace performance in Cork's capable hands.
Mostly for sports mystery fans, certainly not for fans of book covers. This one is such a murky morass it’s a wonder anyone on the publisher’s sales staff had the nerve to use it to convince potential bookstore buyers. The interior in this case is certainly better than the exterior.