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When Thom finds a murdered body on the golf course, he can't rest until he solves the mystery of the heinous crime. And the cast of characters he meets along the way is anything but comforting.

Thom hates standing just four-foot-seven (and a half!). After watching his mother bleed to death from a knife stuck through her heart, he runs away and lands in backwards backwoods Florida. There, he becomes an expert golfer. This is no small feat, and one he credits to his short game. Thom only golfs alone. It's where he escapes the scorn and ignorance of others. The course is Thom's World. Until, that is, he discovers a woman's bloody corpse on number two-stabbed through the heart. Then Thom's World becomes a black tunnel of terror and guilt. He can't even raise a club without collapsing in panic. Thom must solve the murder not only to escape suspicion, but especially to reclaim his glorious solitude. This, however, finally forces him to open up to others: like Dyleane, who sees Thom for what he is on the inside; Jade, the ample proprietor of a cafe and whorehouse; Father C, a chain-smoking priest with a pitiful toupee; and others still, who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets buried.

Backwards, Backwoods Florida

Chain-Smoking Priest

John Pace is an award-winning author who holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University (Los Angeles). John is also a kidney donor, a former registered nurse and a recovering civil rights attorney. His legal writing was hailed by opposing counsel as very imaginative. He lives in Atlantic Beach, Florida, and considers himself the luckiest husband and father in the world. Golf ball manufacturers wish he’d play more golf. Please contact John through johnpacewrites.com.