Picks and Pans Review: The Putt at the End of the World

updated 07/03/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/03/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Compiled and edited by Les Standiford

Beach book of the week

Gazillionaire Phillip Bates isn't content to be one of the world's richest men. No, the Seattle-based software baron—any resemblance to actual persons is strictly intentional—burns to be thought of as more than just another geek who made good. And he wants as much respect for his chip shot as for his chips. Which is why Bates decides to launch his revolutionary new computer-operating system with something just as radical: the world peace summit/pro-am golf tournament, which is the catalyst for this amusingly over-the-top thriller.

Like Standiford's Naked Came the Manatee in 1997, The Putt was created by an all-star team of writers—including Dave Barry, Tami Hoag and Ridley Pearson. Each contributes a chapter, trying to top each other like a clubhouse full of duffers spinning yarns about their holes in one. For readers willing to suspend disbelief, and with at least a tolerance for the game, it's a good walk on the wild side. (Warner, $23.95)

Bottom Line: Zany high jinks on and off the links

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