Jack Austin PGA Tour mysteries
Years or research into the PGA Tour (and lots of bad golf) led to these Raymond-Chandler-meets-the-PGA-Tour books. Jack Austin is the world's 99th-ranked golfer but the world's No. 1 golfing sleuth.
". . . characters you care about, well conceived and gracefully presented.” - Robert B. Parker, Grand Master
Out of Bounds (Jack Austin #5)
“...a thankfully fictional story. Will satisfy.” -Publisher's Weekly. How far will a golfer go to maintain a lifestyle? Why are Tour players associated with one equipment manufacturer being killed? In this golf mystery, Tour player and reluctant sleuth Jack Austin uncovers disturbing answers. Have steroids reached golf? Jack risks it all to find out.
An excellent series for fans of Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar books – you don't need to know anything about golf to like these hard-hitting stories.
- Barbara Peters - Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Bad Lie (Jack Austin #4)
In this golf mystery, Jack Austin promised surrogate son Nash Henley he'd help find his real father. When Owen Henley is murdered, Nash wants to know who the man was, a request that leads Jack away from striving to reach golf's top echelon to an international smuggling scheme. A gunshot changes everything.
Will remind many of Robert B. Parker and Dick Francis at their best . . .Corrigan does a wonderful job of portraying the realities of the daily life of professional golfers without slowing down the suspenseful and gripping plot. On top of that notable achievement, he also manages to craft a surprising fair-play solution. You don't have to be a golf fan to enjoy this excellent hard-boiled whodunit.
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Center Cut (Jack Austin #3)
“Corrigan writes well enough that Austin would be interesting if he were a baker...first-rate.” - Mystery Scene Magazine. In this golf mystery, Tour player Jack Austin begins a new season in his worst slump—now with a family to support. As Jack battles back into contention, friend Grant Ashley faces a worse problem: his new wife is missing. Jack’s investigation uncovers a betrayal and a woman’s secret past.
Snap Hook (Jack Austin #2)
“Witty and intriguing. Will delight.” - Tess Gerritsen. The Russian Mafia, long involved in North American pro sports, eyes the PGA Tour. In this golf mystery, Jack Austin, with a balky putter and a rookie caddie, could lose his eligibility. When an infant is kidnapped, Jack goes after his friend's baby, comes face to face with a renegade Russian mobster, before his final showdown with star Phil Mickelson.
“Authentic and exciting ... an affecting subplot about Austin’s dyslexic caddie.” - Booklist
“Corrigan commands a wealth of technical detail to make Jack’s every round vivid and exciting ... ” - Kirkus Reviews
“Corrigan’s second Jack Austin mystery features deft prose, clean plotting, and enjoyable subject matter, and will appeal to golf fans.” - Library Journal
“Snap Hook exposes its readers not only to the glamorous, slippery-putt tension of the PGA tour but to the fast-paced drama of crimes, high and low, local and international. A natural read for lovers of golf and suspense.” - Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate
Cut Shot (Jack Austin #1)
Life is pretty good for PGA Tour veteran Jack Austin.Like a snap-hook out of nowhere, however, Jacks world comes crashing down around him. At a tournament, rookie Hutch Gainer reveals to Jack that a Mafia-run gambling ring has invaded the Tour and Hutch is in the middle of it. Angry at first, Jack refuses to help. But after his fiance Lisa goes looking for answers, Jack is forced to get involved in an attempt to prevent a scandal. When Hutch's sponsor turns up dead and the rookie is arrested for murder Jack enters the underworld in order to solve the crime, protect Lisa, and save the game he loves.
“Cut Shot is a riveting novel, with characters you care about, well conceived and gracefully presented.” - Robert B. Parker, Edgar Award winner and best-selling author of the Spenser mystery series
“John R. Corrigan accurately portrays life on the PGA Tour, and throws in a wonderful twist by adding a mystery and an interesting sleuth in Jack Austin. Anyone who likes golf and mysteries will find the two here.” - J.P. Hayes, PGA Tour player and winner of the 2002 John Deere Classic and the 1998 Buick Classic
“...promising character...” - Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
“The complexity of their [Jack and Lisa’s] relationship make this a very promising debut. I have a hunch we shall see more blood on the green and look forward to it.” - Kate’s Mystery Store (Boston)