Amen Corner by Rick Shefchik
A Sam Skarda Mystery #1 (Sam Skarda Mysteries)

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The body of the Masters rules committee chairman is found in a pond near the 12th green on the morning that Sam Skarda arrives at Augusta National Golf Club to play in his first Masters. Skarda, a police detective on medical leave from the Minneapolis police department, is an accomplished amateur golfer who—while rehabbing a shooting injury suffered on the job—won the U.S. Publinx and an invitation to play in the Masters.

Evidence left at the crime scene suggests the murder might have been tied to the ongoing protest by a women’s group demanding that Augusta admit women members. Then a crusading New York Times columnist is murdered on the grounds two days later. Local police suspect the murders might have been committed by a member and begin pressuring the new Augusta National president for access to the club’s membership information.

The club chairman asks Skarda for help finding the killer before the police thoroughly invade Augusta National’s legendary privacy. Skarda looks for answers from members, veteran journalists, longtime caddies and ex-employees who may know why someone is determined to bring this year’s Masters to a halt.

As the murders continue and pressure to cancel the tournament builds, the killer methodically prepares for a spectacular and deadly Sunday climax.

About Rick Shefchik

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Rick Shefchik was born in Duluth, Minn., in 1952 (in the same hospital as Bob Dylan, 11 years later.) He graduated from Duluth East High School in 1970 and attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., where he received a B.A. in English/Creative Writing. After working in public relations and as a full-time musician, he began his journalism career at the Duluth News Tribune in 1978. He moved to the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 1980 as a television critic, and became a feature writer and columnist in the 1990s, writing a weekly syndicated parenting column for the Knight Ridder Newswire. He lives in Stillwater, Minn., with his wife and two children.
Published July 8, 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press. 337 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Multiple murders at the Masters golf tournament, in sportswriter Shefchik's fiction debut.

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The police think the murders are related to the golf clubs exclusionary policies, but the chairman of Augusta National, where the Masters is held, believes otherwise and hires Sam to investigate the murders from an insider perspective.Shefchik takes a Columbo-like approach to his story, introduci...

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