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Snap hook
Corrigan, John R.
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Hanover, N.H. : University Press of New England, [2004]

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xiii, 251 pages ; 22 cm.
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Winless in ten seasons on the PGA Tour, Austin's putting woes and ensuing poor scores could now cost him his eligibility. But when an infant is kidnapped however; Austin goes after the baby. Soon he comes face to face with Nikoli Silcandrov, a renegade Russian mobster who needs to launder a great deal of money.

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Booklist Review

What is harder for a golfer to do: find his game or find a believable golf mystery? Corrigan's secondack 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. (There's only one howler: the supposedly long-hitting Austin "crushes" a driver on a 370-yard hole and is left with 130 yards to the green. Even aging book reviewers can hit the occasional 240-yard drive.) More important, Corrigan comes up with a decent premise that doesn't involve bodies in bunkers: a tour official is strong-armed by a Russian gangster into laundering money. There's also an affecting subplot about Austin's dyslexic caddie. Unfortunately, the gangster's scheme has some enormous holes, and the dialogue suffers from too much backstory. Like so many rounds of golf, moments of clumsiness tarnish but don't ruin the experience. --Bill Ott Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.