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Archive for June, 2009

Polo in the Rough by Jerry Kennealy

I picked this 1989 book because it looked noirish and I thought it was about golf.  Right and wrong.  Private eye Nick Polo is in Carmel, California body-guarding a famous author who’s in town for what was then called The Crosby and is now called the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.   The author bites the dust well before the Monday practice round and Nick is off, detecting circles around the local sheriff, the FBI and the Secret Service.  Kennealy writes with perhaps too much economy.  The dame in the story falls a little too easily into Nick’s bed, witnesses cheerily volunteer details they omitted from multiple police interviews and Nick solves the crime ba da boom ba da bing.