Final Round

Final Round

by William Bernhardt
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Final Round by William Bernhardt

In the glamorous world of professional golf, one match is synonymous with excellence, tradition, and prestige. The Masters is played on the sweeping fairways of Georgia’s exclusive Augusta National Golf Club, drawing its annual pilgrimage of Lear-jetting international superstars, the spotlight of the media, and throngs of fans. But this year, the tournament has attracted something else. A killer is coming to play a deadly game of his own.

For Connor Cross and John McCree, two pros who share a long friendship and a passion for golf, the April competition is a chance to catch up on old times, joke around, make some ill-advised bets, and generally calm each other’s nerves before the play turns serious. But while John has always been able to get a grip on his game by tee time, Connor has never quite figured out how to throw the switch and focus. Then a killer strikes–and for the reigning bad boy of the PGA tour, everything changes in a hurry.

The victim’s wife begs Connor to try to find a murderer who threatens not only to kill again, but to destroy the Masters. And as Connor is drawn into the intrigue, a most remarkable phenomenon occurs. This maverick player shoots a sizzling round of golf. Suddenly, Connor is conquering a vicious slice, cleaning up his short game, and even listening to his caddie as he uncovers some jaw-dropping personal secrets of his fellow pros.

But as Connor–in the company of an alluring female cop–unravels a mystery of murder and uncovers the mystery of his inner game of golf, he also faces the greatest hazard of all. For with one round left to play, and the body count rising while his scores drop, Connor Cross is the next in line to die.

A gripping thriller set against the elite world of pro golf–the way it looks when the cameras aren’t turned on–Final Round is the ultimate novel for anyone who has ever suspected that while golf may be the greatest game ever invented, playing it well can be murder.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345455079
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/07/2002
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 492,963
File size: 392 KB

About the Author

William Bernhardt is the author of fourteen books, including Primary Justice, Perfect Justice, Double Jeopardy, Naked Justice–which led Library Journal to dub the author “master of the courtroom drama”–Silent Justice, and Murder One. He has twice won the Oklahoma Book Award for Best Fiction and in 2000 he was presented the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award “in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large.” A former trial attorney, Bernhardt has received several awards for his public service. He lives in Tulsa with his wife, Kirsten, and their children, Harry, Alice, and Ralph.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Final Round 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Skippy1958 More than 1 year ago
This is a diversion from his Ben Kinkaid series and Las Vegas series. It's a quick read with a lot more humor than other books. Good mystery with enough red herrings to keep you guessing.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm sad to say that this is among the worst books I have ever read. To say that this book appeals to golfers is akin to saying that a vegetarian is looking forward to a steak dinner at a fine steakhouse. It's just not the case. The characters are truly forgettable and the author's references to the Masters Tournament and golf are so inaccurate as to be annoying. Perhaps the Ben Kincaid books are more enjoyable. I'll let you know; as I am now starting to read Criminal Intent by this same author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Long before they joined the tour, PGA players Conner Cross and John McCree have been close friends from their Oklahoma childhood days, but their respective careers are going in different directions. While both enjoy the off course camaraderie and wacky bets, John is a steady player earning a living while the more talented Connor struggles to make the cuts. However, this year both have been invited to the most prestigious of the Grand Slam events, the Augusta National tournament better known as the Masters.

However, a killer mars this year¿s tournament in Augusta, Georgia with John being one of the victims. The death of his friend shocks Conner who though distracted tries to play up to his potential in respect to his buddy. As Augusta police officer Nikki O'Brien investigates the killings, she offers Conner an additional distraction as he too tries to solve the case of who murdered his friend with one of his clubs.

FINAL ROUND does not include William Bernhardt¿s usual protagonist Ben Kincaid, but still has a wonderful eccentric lead protagonist who is the opposite of the conservative lawyer. The story line crosses several sub-genres lines to include sports mysteries, police procedural, and amateur sleuth tales. Though the who-done-it is simplistic yet engaging, it still feels like a bogey next to the hole in one homage paid by the author to golf especially the Masters. Though more for golf fanatics, overall FINAL ROUND is a birdie.

Harriet Klausner