"Engaging mix of sports mystery, police procedural, and amateur sleuth"
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.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 2, 2002