Baker & Taylor After local golf instructor Tommy Ridner wins a premier bass-fishing boat by hitting a hole-in-one in a golf tournament, only to be found dead later, Sheriff Arly Hanks must take on the case just as the cut-throat golf tournament begins anew.
Maggody, Arkansas (pop. 755) is perceived of as a two-bit hick town, filled with one-bit hicks. But Mrs. Jim Bob Buchanan seeks to change that perception with her latest scheme—a charity golf tournament. This presents a bit of a challenge, since no one in Maggody plays golf and there is no course. But when the prize for the first hole-in-one is announced—a top of the line bass boat—nearly everyone in town develops a new-found interest in the sport. The town goes golf crazy, trying to learn the sport in time to win the bass boat, with limited success and maximum domestic disorder. Sheriff Arly Hanks, who has better things to worry about, just wishes it would all go away. When a small-town golf instructor wins the bass boat on the first day of the tournament, it looks like all the excitement is over. But the next morning, when he’s found dead, sitting in the parking lot in the front seat of the bass boat, the prize is once again up for grabs and nearly everyone in town is a murder suspect.
Baker & Taylor After Mrs. Jim Bob Buchanan sets the small town of Maggody, Arkansas, on the path to chaos by holding a golf tournament where the first hole-in-one wins a premier bass-fishing boat, local golf instructor Tommy Ridner wins the prize on the first day, only to be found dead later, a case that Sheriff Arly Hanks must take on just as the cut-throat golf tournament begins anew. When the winner of the local golf tournament is found dead in his awarded bass boat, Sheriff Arly Hanks has a host of jealous suspects.