The Greatest Player Who Never Lived: A Golf Story

The Greatest Player Who Never Lived: A Golf Story

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by J. Michael Veron
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780767907163
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
03/13/2001
Edition description:
1ST TRADE
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
325,525
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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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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Greatest Player Who Never Lived: A Golf Story 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guess I should play golf to like this book. Okay detective story line but not for me. 
Ernie_Sticks More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read for a few hours. If you are a golfer it will captivate you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful premise--young law clerk organizing Bobby Jones's discarded legal files from long ago discovers secret relationship with mysterious golfer--turns into a made-for-TV-movie story with shallow characters and neatly packaged endings. True golf enthusiasts will be annoyed, especially considering the authors position with the USGA, with his multiple errors describing the holes at Augusta National (the 1st is a dog-leg right (not left) and nothing but empty land is to the left of the fairway bunkers on the 18th) and disappointed by his inability to make Bobby Jones something other than a cliche.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book a little something for everybody, even if you are not a golfer. Also enjoyed the authors clear and concise writing style. Would highly recommend
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first few pages my interest was grabbed and I couldn't put this book down. I'm not into golf, but the story of Beau Stedman and his relationship with lawyer/ golf legend Bobby Jones is as compelling a mystery as any James Joyce story.
retiredRR More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time putting this book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.