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Author Carl Hiaasen discusses golf, nerves and the shanks

Updated: May 15, 2008, 2:48 PM ET
By George J. Tanber | Special to ESPN.com

The biggest surprise in reading Carl Hiaasen's nonfiction book on golf? Discovering that the author of 11 comical, satirical thrillers is actually a self-professed uptight loner who struggles having fun anywhere -- especially on the links.

Nevertheless, there are plenty of laughs in "The Downhill Lie," Hiassen's account of his return to golf after a 32-year hiatus. Part journal, part commentary and part reporter's notebook, the book covers nearly two years in which Hiassen attempts ...

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