Bad Lies is the story of Eddie Bennison, a successful pro golfer on the Senior Champions Tour. When, at the peak of his success, the golf world’s most popular magazine runs articles that claim Eddie is cheating and doping to get ahead, his world is shattered. The damage to his career and his life are irreparable, so he files a highly-publicized lawsuit accusing the magazine and its affiliated companies of libel.
Now it’s a battle between Bennison’s lawyer, Charlie Mayfield, a sole practitioner with a reputation for taking on big corporate defendants, and the battery of high-priced legal talent the magazine and its company have hired to defend their First Amendment rights—as they see them. Charlie must balance the jury and the opposing counsel, the convoluted Illinois laws regarding libel, and the media maelstrom surrounding the high-profile, contentious case that only intensifies when a woman claiming that Bennison physically abused her appears and threatens to derail everything.
Weaving in and out of the courtroom, across the offices of the lawyers, the litigants, and Bennison’s sponsors, and through well-known golf courses, Bad Lies is a gripping, entertaining novel that gives the reader a better understanding of how the First Amendment can serve as a sword as well as a shield.
“I have always said that you can learn more about a person in four hours on a golf course than you can in a day of meetings. Golf exposes how one handles adversity and success and provides a glimpse into someone’s personality and integrity. Simply put, the game of golf often unveils the truth about someone. The same could be said for a courtroom, and much like a golf tournament, there are highs and lows in every legal battle. My longtime friend, Tony Jacklin, and author, Shelby Yastrow, understand these similarities and have managed to wonderfully weave them into a fascinating, fictional page-turner.”
~ Jack Nicklaus, World Golf Hall of Famer, 18-time Majors Champion
About Tony Jacklin & Shelby Yastrow
Shelby Yastrow received his law degree from Northwestern University and began private practice in 1959. In 1978, he joined McDonald’s Corporation as Chief Litigation Counsel. He was later promoted to Executive Vice-President and General Counsel. Since retiring, Shelby has taken up writing, and prior to Bad Lies has written two other legal suspense novels: Undue Influence (which reached No. 7 on the Chicago Tribune national bestseller list) and Under Oath. He has also written the nonfiction book Vision to Legacy, a work about franchising and the history of Great Clips, Inc., the world’s largest franchisor of hair salons.
Born in England, Tony Jacklin is a retired professional golfer who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002. His many professional tournament wins include the 1969 British Open and the 1970 U.S. Open. He was the first European to win the U.S. Open in 50 years, and he dominated, winning by seven strokes. Tony has also played on seven European Ryder Cup teams and has been the captain of four others. In 1990, Tony earned the distinguished title of Commander of the British Empire, given by Queen Elizabeth II