The Greatest Player Who Never Lived: A Golf Story

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When Charley Hunter goes to work as a summer intern at a prestigious Atlanta law firm, he has no idea that his passion for golf will come into play on the job. Stumbling onto a yellowed file containing correspondence between Beau Stedman, an astonishingly talented teenage golfer, and the legendary Bobby Jones (once a partner at the firm), Hunter finds himself embroiled in a decades-old murder case–and searching for an invisible champion who won nearly all his matches with the ...
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Overview

When Charley Hunter goes to work as a summer intern at a prestigious Atlanta law firm, he has no idea that his passion for golf will come into play on the job. Stumbling onto a yellowed file containing correspondence between Beau Stedman, an astonishingly talented teenage golfer, and the legendary Bobby Jones (once a partner at the firm), Hunter finds himself embroiled in a decades-old murder case–and searching for an invisible champion who won nearly all his matches with the masters.

As Hunter unravels the facts of Stedman’s case, his hunger for the truth is matched only by his deepening reverence for the game, one that leads him to a heart-stopping courtroom showdown between golf’s most powerful association and a family torn apart by buried secrets.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for J. Michael Veron and The Greatest Player Who Never Lived:

“J. Michael Veron’s first novel is golf’s literary rookie of the year.”
— Dave Anderson, New York Times

"Talk about a well struck first shot. Michael Veron hits a literary hole-in-one…a tale that mixes crime, mystery, and courtroom drama."
USA Today

"Solid as a shot that nestles up to the cup from a 3-wood distance...a golf whodunit, southern style."
—-Pat Sullivan, San Francisco Chronicle

“A page-turning mix of golf history and mystery, almost as if John Grisham played 18 holes with Bagger Vance and decided to write about their day together.”
—-San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune
A page-turning mix of golf history and mystery.
Los Angeles Times
Skillfully written...Beau Stedman leaps off the pages and becomes one of the game's greatest players.
Miami Herald
If you have ever played just one round of golf, and appreciate clear, spare writing with a touch of To Kill a Mockingbird, you will love this book.
Mike Snider
The Greatest Player Who Never Lived is a fictional tale that mixes crime, mystery and courtroom drama against a background of golf history.
USA Today
Miami Herald
If you have ever played just one round of golf, and appreciate clear, spare writing with a touch of To Kill a Mockingbird, you will love this book.
Los Angeles Times
Skillfully written, Beau Stedman leaps off the pages and becomes one of the game's greatest players.
Seattle Post
It is dual parts John Grisham and John Feinstein, a legal mystery with golf backbone. I kept checking the front disclaimer to make sure the book was a fictional account. This book is a keeper.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780767907163
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/13/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST TRADE
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 400,723
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Michael Veron is a trial lawyer and avid golfer who serves as a committee member and rules official for the United States Golf Association. He is also author of The Greatest Course That Never Was. He lives in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2005

    THE BOOK IS PHENOMENAL

    THE BOOK IS THE BEST FICTIONAL ACCOUNT I HAVE EVER READ.EVEN THOUGH THE BOOK IS FICTIONAL IT PROVIDES A LOT OF TRUTH ABOUT THINGS SUCH AS AUGUSTA NATIONAL AND BOBBY JONES.BY THE TIME THE BOOK IS OVER YOU FEEL LIKE YOU KNOW BEAU STEDMAN AND INSTANTLY BECOME HIS BIGGEST FAN. A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES THE HISTORY OF GOLF AND GOLF IN GENERAL. IT IS EVEN GOOD FOR SOMEONE WHO DOESNT LIKE GOLF. LOVED IT

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

    Great story telling and fantastic details, it had me questioning

    Great story telling and fantastic details, it had me questioning fiction vs non-fiction at multiple points in the book. Great vacation read for individuals with golf interests. Back drop is golf, plot is not all golf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Fun read

    Good read for a few hours. If you are a golfer it will captivate you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    AMAZING

    I am a teenager and a golfer. When I read this book, I was thrilled to find a mix of golf and real life. This book surpassed my expectations.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    Fantastic read

    I had a hard time putting this book down.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2003

    best sports book ever written.

    Some stories are ment to be written. I have been trying to write something just like this book for years. Michael writes like his words come from god. Michael has the talent to take a dream and make it seem real. Not wanting to give the ending away I just want to let you know that the real magic is in the dream, just like a child wishing on a star. It is the wish the child always remembers.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2002

    If you play golf, you'll love this book.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book; I could not put it down. I read it in two days and wanted to read it again. I have suggested this book to all of my golfing buddies, clients, and family. The character of Beau Steadman was fascinating and so was the life of Bobby Jones and the history of golf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2001

    First Time Author Aces Golf / Mystery Novel

    Noting that 'The Greatest Player Who Never Lived' was the first novel ever written by its author, J. Michael Veron, I didn't expect too much. After all, I've read the works of several first time novelists and while the story concept sometimes remains interesting enough to carry you to the final page, it is often an arduous effort to get there. However, this rookie novelist is not only a spellbinding storyteller, but also an incredibly talented writer. I knew that as a golfer, I fell into the target audience for this novel. But I never expected to be hooked as quickly or as hard as I was by this captivating story. Only a non-golfer would not be swept back into time as the title character, Beauregard Steadman, competes under various assumed names against some of the greatest golfers of the past from Bobby Jones to a young Arnold Palmer, while eluding authorities who want him as the prime suspect in a murder. The riveting descriptions of bygone golf competitions with actual legends are intertwined and surrounded by the fascinating modern day storyline of a young law student who pieces together the story of Beau Steadman from the dusty stored files of Robert T. 'Bobby' Jones. 'The Greatest Player Who Never Lived' is a quick moving and exciting tale and has the potential to be one of the greatest golf movies ever made, provided that author Veron makes certain the screenplay remains true to his storyline, unlike 'The Legend of Bagger Vance', which was recently another in a long list of great sports books that have been gutted and rewritten into a mediocre movie that only faintly resembles the excellent book from which it came.

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