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Dead Ball

(The first book in the Angus Straun series)
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Publisher's Weekly
Cork's first mystery bears the originality, dry wit and suspense typical of the best British thrillers. Angus Straun, police inspector and author, recounts the doings at the Royal West Wessex Golf Club, where he is investigating suspicious acts originating in landscape vandalism but escalating to the murders of Keith Fletcher, feminist April Yonge and others. Since only days remain before a tournament (expected to attract huge crowds and TV coverage) takes place, cunning is required to guard the gathering world-class champions and halt the perpetrators. Luckily, Straun's literary agent and true love, Laurie Wilson, is on hand to help crack the case. This appealing partnership turns in an offbeat, ace performance in Cork's capable hands.

Library Journal
Despite an invasive British atmosphere, an appealing sports subject, a best-selling author/police inspector, and occasional evidence of a very dry wit, Cork's first mystery falls a bit short. While these trappings provide interest, the lame and intermittent plot does not. Inspector Angus Straun, Maserati driver and lukewarm public employee, interrupts his vacation to help solve damaging disruptions (vandalized greens, exploding golf balls, possible murder) at the Royal West Wessex, country club host of the world-renowned Tamworth Golf Classic. A mixed bag, certainly, but an author worth watching.-- REK

Genre: Mystery    

Used availability for Barry Cork's Dead Ball

Hardback Editions

March 1989 : USA Hardback

Title: Dead Ball: A Mystery Introducing Angus Straun
Author(s): Barry Cork
ISBN: 0-684-19044-3 / 978-0-684-19044-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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April 1988 : UK Hardback

Title: Dead Ball (Crime club)
Author(s): Barry Cork
ISBN: 0-00-232171-8 / 978-0-00-232171-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime
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Paperback Editions

June 1989 : UK Paperback

Title: Dead Ball
Author(s): Barry Cork
ISBN: 0-00-617766-2 / 978-0-00-617766-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fontana Press
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