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Raymond Lee Hart - better known to his unshaven buddies as Stick - has a pretty good life, most of it spent at Ponkaquogue Municipal Golf Course and Deli, the single worst golf course in America. For Stick, Dannie, Two Down, Thud and the rest of the "Chops, " Ponky is a little slice of paradise - if you picture paradise with a rusted-out '57 Chevy on the 8th hole and ninety-five-cent egg sandwiches waiting after the round. Mostly, the Chops like to bet, a habit that's about to get them into serious trouble. Just adjacent to Ponky, over a twelve-foot-high hedge, lies the Mayflower Country Club, the most exclusive private club in all of Boston. For the Chops, it is both an irritant and a lure. Tortured by the Mayflower's immaculately manicured fairways and intrigued by its fanatical exclusivity, the Chops propose a bet. Stick, the devious Two Down, and the slyly beautiful Dannie, Stick's sometime bedmate, plunk down a thousand dollars each, a small fortune for people who sometimes take the bus to the course. The first to play all 18 holes at the Mayflower wins the pot. Lying, cheating and fraud are encouraged. But as each of these three pursue their quest - and one another's money - the charm of their odd friendships, and their strange loyalty to Ponky, begin to unravel. One of the three will win The Bet, but it seems a hollow victory. Missing Links is a tremendously funny novel, but it is also a book wise in the ways of friendship and family, broken dreams and unexpected gifts. Above all, Missing Links is a long overdue tribute to those unsung heroes of the game of golf, the dog-meat public course and the incurables who play it.
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Rick Reilly has been voted National Sportswriter of the Yeareleven times. Formerly a writer for Sports Illustrated and ESPN.com, he continues to deliver his opinion essays and features on ESPN SportsCenter. He is also the author of eleven books, several of which have been New York Times bestsellers. His Sports From Hell, My Search for the World s Dumbest Competition was a finalist for the Thurber Prize. Reilly lives in Denver, Colorado."

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"Don't get started reading this book.It will take three burly men to pull you away from it." --Bob Costas, NBC commentator "You don't need to know your bogeys from your birdies to find at least three laughs per page in this novel." --The New York Times Book Review "If you're obsessed with the 'green game, ' and it's raining or snowing, or we're under nuclear attack so you can't get out on the course, Missing Links should give you a temporary fix." --Rocky Mountain News "Snappy prose, believable characters, and the funniest take on blue-collar hacking and gambling since Dan Jenkins's The Glory Game at Goat Hill...it's social satire and pure irreverence that keep this story in the groove." --Los Angeles Times "Part Damon Runyon, part Raymond Chandler, and part Caddyshack...I was hooked for the full 18." --Entertainment Weekly "A great piece of fiction." --Denver Post" "Don't get started reading this book. It will take three burly men to pull you away from it." --Bob Costas, NBC commentator "You don't need to know your bogeys from your birdies to find at least three laughs per page in this novel." --"The""New York Times Book Review" "If you're obsessed with the 'green game, ' and it's raining or snowing, or we're under nuclear attack so you can't get out on the course, "Missing Links" should give you a temporary fix." --"Rocky Mountain News" "Snappy prose, believable characters, and the funniest take on blue-collar hacking and gambling since Dan Jenkins's "The Glory Game at Goat Hill."..it's social satire and pure irreverence that keep this story in the groove." --"Los Angeles Times" "Part Damon Runyon, part Raymond Chandler, and part "Caddyshack."..I was hooked for the full 18." --"Entertainment Weekly " "A great piece of fiction." --"Denver Post" " Don't get started reading this book. It will take three burly men to pull you away from it." --Bob Costas, NBC commentator " You don't need to know your bogeys from your birdies to find at least three laughs per page in this novel." --"The" "New York Times Book Review" " If you're obsessed with the 'green game, ' and it's raining or snowing, or we're under nuclear attack so you can't get out on the course, "Missing Links" should give you a temporary fix." --"Rocky Mountain News" " Snappy prose, believable characters, and the funniest take on blue-collar hacking and gambling since Dan Jenkins's "The Glory Game at Goat Hill, .."it's social satire and pure irreverence that keep this story in the groove." --"Los Angeles Times" " Part Damon Runyon, part Raymond Chandler, and part "Caddyshack, .."I was hooked for the full 18." --"Entertainment Weekly" " A great piece of fiction." --"Denver Post"

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