THE FOURSOME

Golf fiction's finest hustler -- The Green's Eddie Caminetti -- returns in a new novel featuring a foursome of upwardly mobile golf fanatics who get their just rewards. Tired of hustling for something as ordinary as money, Eddie, in THE FOURSOME, sets his sights slightly higher than other men's pockets: He goes after their souls.

The Green's Eddie Caminetti now presides over Swithen Bairn, an exquisite, secret golf course that's a kind of twisted Fantasy Island where the arrogant and pompous find their cherished dreams suddenly transformed into their worst nightmares. Enter the foursome of the title, four enviably successful businessmen/golf junkies lured to Swithen Bairn by an irresistible offer: "The most memorable golf vacation you ever had or you don't pay."

It's been said that you can learn more about people during one round of golf than you can living next door to them for six months, and in one round with Eddie Caminetti, these four hapless sinners learn more about themselves than they could have in six years of analysis. By the end of their second match, the dizzying amount of money at stake will be the least of their worries, and "memorable" won't even begin to describe this bizarre vacation.

Mixing equal parts of suspense, hilarity, and raw human drama, Troon McAllister deftly shows readers what can happen when money, friendship, ambition, and greed converge explosively in a single round of golf. 

Publisher Name Date ISBN Pages
Doubleday 2001 0-385-49910-8 304

McAllister plays it for laughs and delivers; this is the perfect book for those who love golf but despise most golfers.

— Booklist

The book's a perfect fit for anyone who loves golf, though the game is just a metaphor for life in this sly, wicked story that'll have you chuckling from page one. "The Foursome" is a golf bag full of laughs, adventure and suspense that's worth carting around.

— San Antonio Express-News

All in all, this is one of the most entertaining books of the year, doing what novels are supposed to do: show us interesting people doing interesting things, and with more suspense than a dozen thrillers. McAllister is able to combine humor and human pathos in a single sentence in a way that few authors can.

— Bestselling author Zacahry Alan Fox

McAllister's very funny take on sports and friendship focuses on the worlds of golf and wagering. The courses and games are beautifully described. As the bets get bigger, old hurts, truths, and issues surface and boil over. The Foursome could be used as a human relations textbook. It's a fable that has bits of both The Twilight Zone and Fantasy Island.

— Porthole: The Cruise Magazine

As delightful to non-golfers as golfers.

— Santa Cruz Sentinel

McAllister offers up an enjoyable look at a foursome of upwardly mobile golf fanatics who get their just desserts. A good read for golfers and for others who like stories of lives in search of meaning.

— Barnes & Noble Guide to New Fiction

I have a weakness for cautionary tales that combine wit and wisdom in a sharply defined, well-plotted fashion. McAllister proves that reading about self-destruction can be truly enjoyable; the climax of the book...is a great piece of golf writing.

— HoleByHole.com

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