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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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The legendary golf novel, rereleased in a special edition with a new foreword by the author.
Don Imus said it best: "Dan Jenkins is a comic genius." And nowhere is that genius more evident than in Dead Solid Perfect, his uproarious 1974 novel about life on the PGA Tour. To some, Kenny Lee Puckett, the star of Jenkins's ribald saga, is a more important figure in the history of golf than Bobby Jones himself.
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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brian M. Ayres on October 30, 2001
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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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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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Best golf story I've ever read! I wanted to buy the video but the movie came out before DVD's. From what I can see it is only available on VCR and those people wanted $20 for it! I think "Tin Cup" was the best golf movie but this ranks a close second. Dan Jenkins is a master at ribald story telling. It will keep you in stitches!
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It's interesting how your likes and dislikes change with age. When I read it the first time in the 70s, I loved it. This time around it was enjoyable but not as exciting. I think being from Fort Worth and recognizing landmarks may have influenced me. However, it is a very fast and enjoyable read.....particularly if you are a golf fan.
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This has been one of my favorite movies for a long time. It is without question Randy Quaid's best movie. Very tough to find...it's only on VHS and you'll pay a big price for a sealed copy. However...if you can get your hands on it I highly recommend the movie. Even if you can't get the movie...the book is equally good...very rarely do I believe that the book isn't better than the movie but the movie is just that good.
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While I realize this was written in the early '70's, the excessive use of racist terms was a turn off. Most of the women were whores, or long suffering wives. Parts were humorous, but it couldn't make up for the fact most of the story and style were just lame.
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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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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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