Follow the Leader by John Logue

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FOLLOW THE LEADER is the acclaimed murder mystery—and finalist in the Edgar Awards for best first novel—set in the toney world of professional golf, from a master storyteller of suspense and sports. Originally published by Crown Publishing and Ballantine Books, it is now available in a quality NOOKbook format, with active Contents and proper digital presentation.

Missing at his tee time at the U.S. Open outside Atlanta is the latest leader of America's greatest tournament. Where is he? And how does his fate relate to the apparent gruesome suicide of a teaching pro turned TV commentator?

The Open compresses the lives and fortunes of the world's greatest golfers into 72 holes. To the winner goes immortality, and upwards of a million dollars. The losers inherit a lasting obscurity. All the careful rituals and ribbings in the game conceal a deadly chemistry of money and pressure—the fear of losing, the thefts of time, the erosion of skill and nerve.

John Morris, traveling the circuit as the veteran Associated Press sports reporter, knows all too well the contradictions and vices of the game he has covered for 21 years: whose lives and skills are unraveling, whose wives are willing, whose iron ambitions are merciless. And yet the grace and geometry of golf are Morris's life. That and Julia Sullivan.

Atlanta police detective Jack Rutledge seeks only the killer and will destroy anyone, or any sport, standing in his way. That may have to include Morris, who harbors growing doubts about the quick accusations of the Atlanta police and the self-serving political maneuvering of tournament officials. The Open, and golf itself, are threatened in this gentleman's game of death.

• "Not only golfers will be delighted with this book!"
—New York Times Book Review

• "A leading contender for best mystery of the year!"
—San Diego Union

• "An enthralling, ingenious and gripping book. It is the ultimate mystery novel about an obsessive sport."
—James Dickey, author of DELIVERANCE

About John Logue

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Published April 24, 2013 by Quid Pro Books. 215 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors, Crime. Non-fiction

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Why kill an old teaching pro, if you really mean to eliminate the leaders of the U.S. Open?"" Doesn't make sense, perhaps, but someone has indeed murdered golf master-teacher Jim Rossi by tossing him off a balcony in Atlanta's Peachtree Towers Hotel. . . and that same someone is terrorizing the U...

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