cover image Water Hazard

Water Hazard

Don Dahler. Minotaur, $24.99 (291pp) ISBN 978-0-312-38353-4

Readers should be prepared for lengthy golf descriptions in Dahler’s slightly better follow-up to 2009’s A Tight Lie , which introduced pro golfer Huck Doyle, a nonpracticing lawyer who works as a PI in Los Angeles. Sing Ten Wong, the wealthy banker father of Rick, an old law school buddy of Huck’s, has secured him a place in the Sony Open in Hawaii, an opportunity for the struggling Huck to regain his lost status on the PGA Tour. Before the start of the tournament, during a practice round at Waialae Country Club, someone shoots the senior Wong in the back, apparently with a high-powered rifle, from the direction of the ocean. Rick asks his friend to investigate, suspecting that the killing may be connected with a huge bank merger his father was working on. Huck’s digging soon triggers a hostile response from some bad guys, who ransack his hotel room and attempt to warn him off. The solution may disappoint mystery fans. (Mar.)