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Golf--A Killer Game!

James Y. Bartlett's Hacker Golf Mystery series has been entertaining readers for more than 20 years.  Featuring Pete Hacker, a golf writer for a Boston newspaper, these stories take you inside the ropes and behind the scenes of the PGA Tour as Hacker investigates the crimes and solves the mystery in the next to last chapter!

The author talks about his series

If you're like me, you like to start reading a new series with Book 1 and move on through the rest in order.   You can certainly do that with the Hacker Golf Mystery series. But let me tell you a little about its history.

I look at the first two books in the Hacker series, Death is a Two-Stroke Penalty and Death from the Ladies Tee as sorta-kinda prequels.  These two books were published back in the 1990s, by Thomas Dunne Books at St. Martin's Press. While a little dated now, they're still pretty good stand alone mystery stories. With golf, of course.

It was sometime around 2005 that I decided to start again with Hacker. But this time, I wanted to construct a narrative arc to the story, since my goal was to create an on-going Hacker mystery for each of the four major golf championships.

So Death at the Member-Guest is the real start of the series.  In that book our hero Hacker is invited to join a friend for a weekend of golf and boozy fun at a member-guest tournament at a private club north of Boston. Naturally, a murder takes place and Hacker has to try and solve the crime.  But this book introduces Mary Jane Cappalletti, his upstairs neighbor in his North End of Boston apartment, and Mary Jane's precocious daughter Victoria.

Mary Jane, who quickly becomes Hacker's girlfriend, returns in each of the next four books. She's kidnapped in Death in a Green Jacket; there's a kilted wedding at the end of Death from the Claret Jug (not as dramatic as George R.R. Martin's Red Wedding, but it has its moments); she's pregnant in An Open Case of Death, and the baby DJ is introduced in PGA Spells Death.

Mary Jane's father-in-law, the Boston mob boss Carmine Spoleto, also plays a role in all of the books including and after Member-Guest.

Whether you take them on one at a time, or in order, I sincerely hope you enjoy the Hacker series as much as I enjoyed writing them.

James Y. Bartlett

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The novel that launched the series

Covering a Tour event near Charleston, South Carolina, Hacker befriends a young up-and-coming pro. But when the man is found dead, Hacker has to dig through a cast of characters that includes a beautiful young golf groupie, a drug-dealing caddie and a strange Bible-thumping chaplain. And soon, Hacker’s own life is in danger!

 

Bartlett’s combination of golf and foul play is engaging. –Columbia (S.C.) State

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Who said girls always play nice?

Doing a favor for an old friend, Hacker agrees to cover an LPGA event in Miami. There, he finds that one of the Tour's stars holds an unhealthy degree of control over the Tour and its players. When he begins to dig in, bodies turn up everywhere and his own life is threatened before the explosive final round!

"Passages fall with the sweet sound of the ball rattling in the cup."

--Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Who gets the trophy for being dead?

When a friend invites Hacker to a long weekend of fun at a private country club outside Boston, he leaps at the chance. But a body turns up in the cart barn, and Hacker spends most of the tournament trying to figure out who had the motive and opportunity to do the evil deed. Even the Boston mob gets involved in this case!

 

Romps right along…Bartlett knows how to tell a story.

–Boston Globe

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Someone is taking dead aim
at Augusta!

Ah...the Masters! Golf's most prestigious title. The harbinger of springtime.

 

But this year, they find a body in a bunker on the 10th fairway at Augusta National and when Hacker and the rewst of the golfing world arrive, there's a mad chase to find a drug cartel assassin who may or may not have a connection with the club.

 

Talk about a drama-filled back nine! This is a Maters unlike any other!

"A really fun mixture of mystery and golf. He does a great job of weaving the two together into an enjoyable read."

--A Reader on Amazon

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It’s Open season in
St. Andrews … duck!

Hacker and Mary Jane are in Scotland for the Open at St. Andrews. But a dead golf official sets off a chain reaction, with Russian mobsters, stuffy aristocrats, Mi5, an alcoholic caddie, an anti-golf professor and even a flamboyant American developer creating a Royal & Ancient mystery for the ages!

 

"Another winner, I felt like I was back in St. Andrews, playing the Old Course, and walking the town and visiting the pub's. Great story line, I'm off to read another Golf Mystery by Bartlett!"

–A Reader on Amazon

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There oughta be a Rule against...murder!

Change is in the air as the U.S. Open returns to bucolic Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula.

Newly married and just laid off, Hacker finds the celebrity owners of the Lodge at Pebble Beach fighting a corporate succession battle. And when a young assistant pro drives his cart off the cliff on the eighth hole, things start to get very serious.

As usual, Hacker has to avoid danger, uncover the truth and watch the U.S. Golf Association make the golf course as difficult as possible. Does that include making it deadly, too?

"Love this series. If you love great writing, a snarky main character, golf and a good read....this is for you."

--A Reader on Amazon

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If it Bleeds...it Leads

Golf writer Hacker is now TV golf announcer Hacker with a sweet new gig on a national network. He has to learn the ins and outs of televising golf, and how to deal with the hyper-intense executive producer and director, Ben 'The Assassin' Oswald, as they get ready to broadcast the PGA Championship staged at international developer Conrad Gold's luxury club in upstate New York.

And then the bodies begin to pile up. First is a fellow announcer on the crew, then the assistant to Oswald in the control room. So as Hacker trades quips in the booth with Billy Joe 'the Boz' Bosworth, he has to figure out who is killing the network guys, one by one.

"The Hacker mysteries are enjoyable reads that evoke storytelling around the clubhouse bar. These are well-written stories with believable life around the tour details and interesting mystery elements."

--A Reader on Amazon

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Box Set: Four Majors in One Collection!
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All four of the major tournament Hacker novels are collected in this single Box Set edition!

You can save $3 by buying all four at once!

Please note: The Majors Collection Box Set is available only in e-book digital format. Trade paperback editions are sold separately.

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