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The Russian mafia has long had its claws in North American professional sports - and in Snap Hook it's moving to the PGA Tour. Veteran Tour player Jack Austin has enough to worry about with a balky putter and a rookie caddie - a disadvantaged teen who, like Austin himself, suffers from dyslexia. Winless in ten seasons on the Tour, Austin's putting woes and ensuing poor scores could now cost him his eligibility. When his friend's baby is kidnapped, however, Austin goes after the infant. Soon he comes face-to-face ...
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Overview

The Russian mafia has long had its claws in North American professional sports - and in Snap Hook it's moving to the PGA Tour. Veteran Tour player Jack Austin has enough to worry about with a balky putter and a rookie caddie - a disadvantaged teen who, like Austin himself, suffers from dyslexia. Winless in ten seasons on the Tour, Austin's putting woes and ensuing poor scores could now cost him his eligibility. When his friend's baby is kidnapped, however, Austin goes after the infant. Soon he comes face-to-face with Nikoli Silcandrov, a renegade Russian mobster who needs to launder a great deal of money. Austin's final showdown is with PGA Tour superstar Phil Mickelson, when the two go toe-to-toe at the Buick Classic.
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Publishers Weekly
University Press of New England launches its Hardscrabble Crime imprint with John R. Corrigan's Snap Hook: A Jack Austin Mystery, the second in the series after Cut Shot (2001). Pro golfer Austin has to contend with another winless season on the PGA Tour, a troubled caddie, the Russian mob and a tense round at the Buick Classic with real-life golfer Phil Mickelson. (Mar) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
While participating in a series of golf clinics in Russia, sometime sleuth Jack Austin encounters Russian Mafia types when they kidnap the baby daughter of his friend-who just happens to be the Professional Golfers' Association's ambitious charities director. Jack has just employed a dyslexic black student as caddy, whose learning curve provides ample opportunity for golfing lingo, proselytizing, and other golfing filler. Sensible, unflappable Jack tracks down the baby, calms the caddy, and tries to score a tournament win as well. Corrigan's second Jack Austin mystery (after Cut Shot) features deft prose, clean plotting, and enjoyable subject matter and will appeal to golf fans. It also marks the debut of the Hardscrabble Crime imprint, the University Press of New England's first foray into mystery fiction. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A dyslexic journeyman PGA golfer and sometime sleuth struggles to read greens and clues better than pages in this modest sequel to Cut Shot (not reviewed). Jack Austin's golf has never made headlines, but he's off his game these days, and no wonder. A touring series of clinics in Russia organized by PGA Tour Charities director Brian Taylor threatens to founder when Taylor's infant daughter Catherine is kidnapped. Jack's romance with CBS analyst Lisa Trembley, "golf's most serious journalist," is on the skids as well, as the partners back away from marriage and wonder where they're headed. And Jack's breaking in a new caddy, ghetto survivor Nash Henley, whose inexperience costs Jack valuable strokes in a crucial event. Most disastrously, Jack's erratic putting, always the weakest part of his game, threatens his place on the top 125 PGA golfers that insulates him from barnstorming the country in lower-paying events. Corrigan commands a wealth of technical detail to make Jack's every round vivid and exciting. Alternating chapters tell you more than you ever wanted to know about a complex money-laundering scheme a bunch of pale criminals have hatched in the shadow of the Russian tour, a murder-ridden plot infinitely less suspenseful than the drama of Jack's putting. A muffled, forgettable mystery highly recommended for golfers, golf widows and widowers, and everybody who's ever wondered what the fuss is about. Agent: Giles Anderson
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"Corrigan commands a wealth of technical detail to make Jack's every round vivid and exciting . . . Highly recommended for golfers, golf widows and widowers, and everybody who's ever wondered what the fuss is about."—Kirkus

"Corrigan's second Jack Austin mystery (after Cut Shot) features deft prose, clean plotting, and enjoyable subject matter and will appeal to golf fans. It also marks the debut of the Hardscrabble Crime imprint, the University Press of New England's first foray into mystery fiction."—Library Journal

"Corrigan's second Jack Austin novel, starring a PGA touring pro struggling to hold on to his playing credentials, gets a lot of things right. There's plenty of on-course action, and it is mainly authentic and exciting . . . [Corrigan] comes up with a decent premise that doesn't involve bodies in bunkers....There's also an affecting subplot about Austin's dyslexic caddie."—Booklist

"University Press of New England launches its Hardscrabble Crime imprint with John R. Corrigan's Snap Hook: A Jack Austin Mystery, the second in the series after Cut Shot. Pro golfer Austin has to contend with another winless season on the PGA Tour, a troubled caddie, the Russian mob—and a tense round at the Buick Classic with real-life golfer Phil Mickelson."
—Publishers Weekly Mystery Notes section

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584653325
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Series: Hardscrabble Books-Fiction of New England
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN R. CORRIGAN teaches English at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, and writes a regular column for Golf Today Magazine. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Aroostook County, Maine, and is at work on a third Jack Austin novel.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent mystery

    Though almost ten years on the PGA Tour, golfer Jack Austin struggles to keep his playing card. Though he has never won a tournament and he understands the significance of an experienced caddie can have on the game, Jack still hires a new caddie Nash Henley with limited experience but who suffers from dyslexia like he does...................... As he battles to make the cut, he notices a strange individual hanging around the tour. He asks questions and soon learns that Nikoli Silcandrov of the Russian Mafia is scheming to use the PGA Tour to launder money. To insure cooperation, the Nikolai and his thugs kidnap the four month old daughter of PGA Tour Charities Director Brian Taylor, who leads the raising and distributing of $50 million annually. Unable to ignore the double bogie, Jack tries to rescue a youngster and insuring the mob¿s plan fails while also playing against Phil Mickelson................. In his second book tour, Jack shoots a birdie as golf fans and sport mystery buffs will enjoy his efforts to make the cut and to stop the mobsters. The story line is fast-paced on the greens, in the clubhouse, and off the course as Jack searches for the kidnapped child. His caddie enables the audience to see another side of the caring Jack. Though the audience will have to accept the blackmail premise, readers will believe that John R. Corrigan finished in the top ten with SNAP HOOK.................... Harriet Klausner

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