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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Coyne  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1937 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Coyne grew up on a farm across from Midlothian Country Club. He started caddying at Midlothian Country Club at age 12 and worked summers at the country club while a student at St. Christopher’s, through high school at Joliet Catholic High

Biographical and Professional Information

After graduating from Saint Louis University and earning a masters degree in English from Western Michigan University, Coyne served with the first Peace Corps Volunteers to Ethiopia before becoming a novelist and college administrator.Coyne has written over twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, and edited three books on golf instruction. He is currently with the College of New Rochelle in New York and is still active in promoting the Peace Corps.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Legacy
ISBN: 0425067459

Berkley. 1983

The Piercing
ISBN: 0441663109

Ace Books. 1986

Deborah Laste's love for young Father Stephen Kinsella leads his bishop to send him to a remote parish in the Blue Ridge Mountains where both he and his pastor witness the stigmatic ecstasy of a beautiful backwoods girl

ISBN: 0446359211

Warner Books. 1990

Scott Gardiner--shattered by his father's death, harassment by classmates, and his mother's involvement with a colleague researching the heritage of an ancient castle--slips gradually into a horrifying world of dreams

The Shroud
ISBN: 0425062430

Berkley. 1983

Troubled by strange visions, Father James, a young priest, undergoes regression therapy and discovers memories that go back to Biblical times

The Hunting Season
ISBN: 0446343218

Grand Central Pub. 1988

Manhattanites seek relief from the city on Mad River Mountain--inhabited by an incestuous community--in upstate New York, and coexist peacefully until the city women begin turning up dead

Brothers & Sisters
ISBN: 0586074449

Grafton. 1988

After their mother, Caitlin DeLacey is shot, Maggie and her brothers and sisters return home to investigate her mysterious death and discover, piece by piece, the terrible truths each one has hidden about her from the others

Child of Shadows
ISBN: 0446361240

Warner Books. 1991

A disaffected New York social worker adopts an autistic child discovered in the tunnels beneath the Port Authority and moves to a rural town where mysterious deaths and mutilations begin to occur

The Caddie Who Knew Ben Hogan: A Novel
ISBN: 031237125X

St. Martin's Griffin. 2007

Returning as an honored guest to the exclusive country club where he worked in his youth, Jack Handley remembers the summer of '46 when he caddied for Ben Hogan in the last Chicago Open. Now a respected historian, Jack recounts to the assembled sons and daughters of members he once knew the dramatic match between the mysterious and charismatic Hogan and the young club pro he idealized.

The Caddie Who Knew Ben Hogan is filled with dazzling descriptions of hole-by-hole match play drama, and laced with anecdotes from that golden age of sports. This bittersweet novel of friendship, lost love, and great golf is told through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy whose life is forever changed by one of the greatest players of the game.



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