Amen Corner: A Sam Skarda Mystery #1

Amen Corner: A Sam Skarda Mystery #1

by Rick Shefchik
     
 

The body of the Masters rules committee chairman is found in the middle of the 10th fairway on the morning that Sam Skarda arrives at Augusta National Golf Club to play in his first Masters. Skarda, a 33-year-old police detective on medical leave from the Minneapolis police department, is an accomplished amateur golfer who won the U.S. Publinx and an invitation to… See more details below

Overview

The body of the Masters rules committee chairman is found in the middle of the 10th fairway on the morning that Sam Skarda arrives at Augusta National Golf Club to play in his first Masters. Skarda, a 33-year-old police detective on medical leave from the Minneapolis police department, is an accomplished amateur golfer who won the U.S. Publinx and an invitation to play in the Masters while rehabbing a shooting injury suffered on the job. Evidence left at the crime scene suggests the murder might have been tied to the ongoing protest by a women's group that has been demanding that the club admit women members. Then a crusading New York Times columnist is murdered on the grounds of the club two days later. Local police suspect the murders might have been committed by a member and begin pressuring the new Augusta National president for access to the club's membership information. The club chairman asks Skarda for help finding the killer before the police thoroughly invade Augusta National's legendary privacy. Skarda looks for answers from members, veteran journalists, longtime caddies and ex-employees who may know why someone is determined to bring this year's Masters to a halt. He also falls for Caroline Rockingham, the soon-to-be ex-wife of one of the pre-tournament favorites, a former college golf teammate of Skarda's. Sam and Caroline themselves become targets as the murders continue and pressure to cancel the tournament builds. Meanwhile, the killer methodically prepares for a spectacular and deadly Sunday climax.

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Editorial Reviews

John Sandford
"Amen Corner is a terrific novel; smart, nasty and rapid. You don't even have to know anything about golf to like it--Shefchik uses the game as a brilliant (green) background for the action. If you do play the game, as I do, well, what can I tell you? Only that Amen Corner is required reading." --John Sandford, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Kirkus Reviews
The straight-ahead crime plot works best as a MacGuffin for a fact-packed roman clef about a singular American institution." --Kirkus Reviews
Book list
Shefchik combines a surprisingly grisly plot and a convincing villain with plenty of more or less realistic golf action this one makes the cut. Entertaining." --Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615951956
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
05/27/2011
Series:
Sam Skarda Mysteries , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
521,503
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Rick Shefchik was born in Duluth, Minn., in 1952 (in the same hospital as Bob Dylan, 11 years later.) He graduated from Duluth East High School in 1970 and attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., where he received a B.A. in English/Creative Writing. After working in public relations and as a full-time musician, he began his journalism career at the Duluth News Tribune in 1978. He moved to the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 1980 as a television critic, and became a feature writer and columnist in the 1990s, writing a weekly syndicated parenting column for the Knight Ridder Newswire. He lives in Stillwater, Minn., with his wife and two children.

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