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"Dan Jenkins is a comic genius."
--Don Imus

Praise for Dead Solid Perfect:

"This is vintage Jenkins--profane, outrageous, and sharp-eyed in its parody of the overblown world of big-time golf. It is also distinguished by a climactic golf match that may be the funniest scene he's ever written."
--Newsweek

"Dan Jenkins is the nearest thing to Ring Lardner this generation has ever seen. No one has captured the essential lunacy of the twentieth-century sports (and TV) scene as accurately and hilariously as this."
--Los Angeles Times

"Jenkins is hilarious, providing more laughs per page than any other writer in the 'bidness.'"
--People

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"Dan Jenkins is a comic genius."
--Don Imus

Praise for Dead Solid Perfect:

"This is vintage Jenkins--profane, outrageous, and sharp-eyed in its parody of the overblown world of big-time golf. It is also distinguished by a climactic golf match that may be the funniest scene he's ever written."
--Newsweek

"Dan Jenkins is the nearest thing to Ring Lardner this generation has ever seen. No one has captured the essential lunacy of the twentieth-century sports (and TV) scene as accurately and hilariously as this."
--Los Angeles Times

"Jenkins is hilarious, providing more laughs per page than any other writer in the 'bidness.'"
--People

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (April 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385498853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385498852
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brian M. Ayres on October 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
Although this book did not surpass "You've Gotta Play Hurt" in my estimation, Jenkins is no less racy and raunchy and hilarious in Dead Solid Perfect.
I have no doubt that this book could have been written this year and still rings true, although maybe not all the dope smoking.
Like many of Jenkins' books, the story revolves around the Texas mystique and a man who can ace his avocation but fail miserably in his personal life. This book mixes enough politics, gambling, golf and sex to become one of the funniest books out there.
Jenkins' style is love-him-or-hate-him, but you if like this one, you'll be searching more used bookstores for other books that are out-of-print.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Daily VINE VOICE on August 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
An incredibly funny account of golf, shapely adorables, gambling hustles and general all around characters. I laughed out loud so hard I cried a couple of times. The bit about Kenny Lee Puckett and Spec Reynolds creating a fictional West Texas town in order to bet on the football team and try and pull one over on their bookie is pure genius(dont worry, I gave nothing away). In todays smoothed over, politically correct world this throwback is actually quite unlike anything you will read. I have read this book twice I liked it so much. Order one used if you cant get it new.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Adshead on October 23, 2000
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It's clear from the reviews on this page that not everyone likes Dan Jenkins. However, those who like him are hardcore fans, jealously guarding their out-of-print copies, even though they would love to share the joy with their friends.
Jenkins is no liberal - his politics are straight out of the south. Having said that, the most sympathetic character in this book is a liberal woman, so I wouldn't call Dan Jenkins prejudiced.
What really comes through in this book is Jenkins' love of sport, and golf in particular, and for people who live life to the full without preaching, or listening to preachers. It's also a gripping story which will appeal to sports fans who must always stay to bitter end, just in case the sport offers up a million-to-one surprise ending, so that they can tell their grandchildren: "I was there".
The most important thing about Jenkins is that you feel that he cares - about his characters, and about sport. It's nice to have a bit of passion in a book, and maybe passion is by definition politically incorrect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Uf-Dah! on October 25, 2011
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This book is a fast read and a completely irreverant and bawdy look at the inside world of Pro Golf. I had to set it down so many times to wipe my eyes from laughing so hard that it interrupted the thoughts...well nearly. There is a character in it who just can't play the game at the level of his Pro buddies and his string of epiphets are of legendary friends who I used to play with. Even down to my friend throwing his golf bag into a lake in Davis, Ca. "...blasted thinrodoit, rummy, farking, recalcitrant morunetated, gibble strak!!Dipple f*&^ing grunt!" among others...as his ball sliced off through the trees into the next fairway. GREAT READ. I would like to add the writer skilfully added a personal touch of troubles in his life and a great ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Denson on May 16, 2015
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Dead Solid Perfect was a masterwork when my dad tossed it on my bed, which happened to sit 45 yards from the 17th tee on the north course of Turf Valley Country Club in roughly 1976.

Dan Jenkins is an original wit, a sports writing sage, and a literary hero.

I downloaded the book to reread a scene so that I can recall it in front of a large crowd of people next month in Seattle. And I caught myself laughing hard while trying not to cry as I reread the damn thing all the way to the end.

The book is pure genius. Dan Jenkins is a Texas Treasure. Buy the damn thing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read this book at least 10 times. Each pass through reveals some insight into why I play golf. But more than that, this book entertains the reader. I still laugh till I cry when I re-read it. Dad Jenkins truly understands the golfer mentality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Conrad Harwell on March 20, 2013
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I enjoyed the book and found it a fun read because of my attraction to golfing.
The profusion of profanity through out the book was a bit over the top even to my jaded senses.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MAX on July 12, 2012
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WHY WAS THE KINDLE VERSION OF THIS BOOK DIFFERENT THAN THE HARD COVER? I READ THE HARD COPY SEVERAL YEARS AGO, AND THE KINDLE VERSION LEFT OUT HALF THE BOOK
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