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Shanks for Nothingby Rick Reilly
Synopses & Reviews
The hilarious sequel to Rick Reillys beloved bestselling golf novel Missing Links
Life is going pretty well for Raymond “Stick” Hart. Hes happily married to the former Ponkaquogue Municipal Golf Club assistant pro, the beauteous Cajun firecracker Dannie, raising his rambunctious son, Charlie, and getting by writing smart-mouthed greeting cards for fifty bucks a pop. Best of all, nothing has changed at Ponky, the worst golf course in America. You still have to hook it past the toxic waste dump on No. 1 and under the billboard on No. 8, the fried-egg sandwiches are terrible but cheap, and his pal Two Down is always up for a sucker bet.
Then, one disaster of a day, Sticks world does a ten-car pile-up. The cheapskate bastard owner of Ponky announces hes retiring to a nudist camp in Florida and selling the club to the Mayflower Club next door, a bastion of blue-blood snobbery that plans to pave Ponky over. Worse, its membership includes Sticks hated father.
Who promptly drops dead.
Just before Sticks pal Two Down loses $12,000 to a golf hustler who turns out to be funded by the Russian mob.
Which is about the same time that Hoover, Ponkys worst golfer and the owner of an impressive array of useless golf gadgets purchased with his wifes money, learns shell cut him off if he doesnt break a hundred in one month.
Then a practical joke makes Dannie believe that Sticks been stepping out with the gorgeous new clubhouse girl, the eye-popping Kelly, and hes soon living on the forty-year-old couch in the Ponky clubhouse.
Luckily, Stick has a solution to all his problems.
Hell qualify for the British Open.
"In this madcap sequel to Reilly's golf farce Missing Links, little has changed at Ponkaquogue Municipal Golf Links and Deli (a.k.a. Ponky)-arguably America's worst golf course. Boston-area legend Ray Hart, groomed by his father for golf greatness, continues to ply his trade as a greeting card writer while hanging out with his pals at Ponky. Ray's 'collection of no-account friends' includes 'half-man, half-cappuccino' Two Down, Hoover (so named because he 'sucks' at golf), Dom, the 'World's Most Sexual Man,' and Ray's spitfire five-handicap wife Dannie. The thin plot centers on the proposed sale of Ponky to the adjacent, upscale Mayflower Club for use as a parking lot. Ponky's regulars can't imagine life without their wretched refuge and hatch a plot to save the course that includes Ray flying to England to try qualifying for the British Open. The outcome is predictable, and Reilly never relents on the puns, sports and celebrity metaphors and double-entendres, occasionally crossing the line from irreverence to poor taste. The usually reliable Reilly shanks too many shots here to make par, but his fans-and they are legion-likely won't mind." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
rick reilly is the author of Missing Links, Slo-Mo, The Life of Reilly, and the New York Times bestseller Whos Your Caddy? A senior writer for Sports Illustrated, he has been voted National Sportswriter of the Year ten times. He lives in Denver, Colorado, with his three children and a putter hes not currently speaking to.
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