Inspector Angus Straun has at least two major problems on his hands: his beloved Maserati has just been stolen and crashed against a wall, and he's been given the impossibly complicated task of singlehandedly bodyguarding a visiting Third World head of state. The VIP refuses the usual security arrangements, requesting instead the company of a law enforcement officer who knows his way around the world of golf. A former top amateur golfer, Straun gets the assignment. The visitor particularly wants a round of golf at a club called The Rogues, where admission is so exclusive it's virtually restricted to members who have or should have served time in prison. Straun doesn't qualify, but he's pleasantly surprised when an old acquaintance smooths the way for him and his protege to visit the infamous club. He's not so pleased, however, when someone takes a potshot at him and the VIP on the second hole. Straun soon accompanies his charge back to his African homeland, where the construction of that country's first golf course clashes murderously with a ruthless struggle for political power and a trade in smuggled cars. At first only a reluctant spectator, Straun becomes increasingly involved in a bizarre duel of wits in which all rules are suspended and the loser pays with his life. Winter Rules is the fourth mystery featuring Angus Straun, the many-sided detective whose deductive powers are matched only by his passion for golf and fast cars, and his knack for writing historical novels. Combining ingenious plotting and authentic background detail, author Barry Cork reveals his own love of golf in a novel that makes for riveting reading.
Used availability for Barry Cork's Winter Rules
February 1993 : USA Hardback
November 1992 : UK Hardback
August 1991 : UK Hardback
May 1993 : UK Paperback