Then Eddie sees something he should not have seen on the back nine of the Congressional Country Club. During a practice round for his first U.S. Open, he witnesses a murder. The killer is the man who will probably be the next President of the United States. He quickly understands his golfing career is ruined, but that is not all. The event forces Eddie underground while he tries to prove what he saw in a bid to get his life back.
Eddie begins living a life a world apart from the pampered life on tour. He puts his trust in Atlanta attorney, Bryce Ballyntine, who helps him investigate the murder. Through his connection with Ballyntine, Eddie meets Mug, a terribly ugly but brilliant African-American with a criminal past and a talent for creating new identities. Armed with new credentials, Eddie flees to Mexico where he becomes friends with a golf hustler named Al and his gay partner, Manolo. As it turns out, Manolo has a past connection to the man who is now President.
After the administration discovers Eddie in Mexico, he is forced to bolt again. In Belize, Eddie hooks up with Becky, a sexy but flighty scuba instructor. In the Dominican Republic, Eddie again risks exposure when he meets Sister Theresa, a nun who knew him in his past life.
Unplayable Lie is much more than a novel about golf and the lessons the game can teach us. It is about coming of age, about attaining goals, and about dealing with the tragedies of life. It is about how the invisible hands of parents' guide us through life, long after they are gone. It is about trust and friendship, and love.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Unplayable Lie is a riveting story involving a talented golfer's introduction to his sport, rise to success, friendships gained and lost, and lessons learned along the way. Eddie Bennett has what it takes to go all the way, and though he encounters some unexpected heartbreaks and setbacks, his pro career finally takes off. Things aren't perfect, but they're more than good, and Bennett is on top of his game until he stumbles upon a murder that changes everything in an instant. This is written for an adult audience, straddling the lines between sports fiction and a very well put together suspense thriller. I enjoyed this read quite a bit more than the typical suspense or sports novel, and I was frankly impressed with the writing style, voice, and character development. David Myles Robinson obviously loves his craft, as I can gratefully testify after burning through these pages with great relish and increasing fervor. It's not just about a golfer and a murder - it's the plot development, the characters that seem almost tangible by the end, and the buy-in that I developed as a reader, hoping desperately by the end that something miraculous would come around and save the day. The book is also peppered with some coarse language and light adult content, so I wouldn't recommend this for young children, but if you love a good suspense, sports fiction, or just very well written material and a rich display of writing skill, then Unplayable Lie is well worth your time. Thanks for the great read!