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The Wrong Doyle
Tim Doyle's uncle has left him a dilapidated mini-golf course and a broken-down bar. When all the wrong people pressure him to sell out fast, Tim starts to wonder if there is something to the rumors of treasure his pirate ancestor is reputed to have left somewhere along the mysterious coast.
Hardcover, 337 pages
Published February 4th 2004 by Justin, Charles and Company
(first published May 26th 2003)
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I thought this book sounded interesting. Minature golf and pirates and the Irish...how could one go wrong? Well, fairly wrong, I would say. This book seemed to have no point to it. It's about a man whose name is Tim Doyle who moves back to the Southern US after his marriage and subsequent fling fall apart to his recently deceased uncle's mini golf course. Here he finds that everyone wants him to sell the course and his family is despised by the local population. I kept waiting for the book to ge ...more
May 24, 2007 Zan G rated it liked it
Recommends it for: ex-hardy boy's fans, pulp novel enthusiasts, Johnny Quest
This is kind of a lame mystery novel that I picked up a while back. It has a nice twist on normal pulp novels, modernizing it and adding some reasonable comedy by being very conscious of the genre it's a part of. There is a lot of talk of pirate treasure and there's a great deal of rather pointless sex and a gunfight in a dilapidated miniature golf course that would do the Joker proud. Actually, the more i talk about and remember of this book the more i remember enjoying it, so I'll add another ...more
Mar 01, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who enjoy good characters, and a bit of silliness.
I found this book by accident in the library, and knew I had to read it, after reading the blurb that mentioned pirates, buried treasure, and putt-putt golf. It was a fun little book.
Robert Girardi is the author of four previous novels and one volume of novellas, all of which have been widely translated. He has written for film and television. His nonfiction pieces and reviews have been published in The Washington Post, Washingtonian, The New Republic, The National Review and Landscape Architecture Magazine, among other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop an ...moreMore about Robert Girardi...