Praise for Amen Corner...
"[A]...straight-ahead crime plot [and] a fact-packed roman a clef about a singular American institution." -Kirkus Reviews
Sam Skarda, a police detective on medical leave from the Minneapolis police department, has won the U.S. Publinx and an invitation to play in the Masters. On the morning that he arrives at Augusta National Golf Club, the body of the rules committee chairman is found near the 12th green. Evidence at the crime scene suggests the murder might have been tied to the ongoing protest by a women's group demanding that Augusta admit women members. Then a crusading New York Times columnist is murdered on the grounds two days later. When local police start pressuring the club's president for access to membership information, the chairman asks Skarda to help find the killer before they thoroughly invade Augusta National's legendary privacy.
As the murders continue and pressure to cancel the tournament builds, the killer methodically prepares for a spectacular and deadly Sunday climax.
Rick Shefchik began his journalism career at the Duluth News Tribune in 1978. He moved to the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 1980 as a television critic, and later became a feature writer and columnist, writing a weekly syndicated parenting column for the Knight Ridder Newswire. He lives in Stillwater, Minnesota, with his wife and two children.