One of the most prolific golf writers of his generation, James Y. Bartlett’s first Hacker golf mystery, Death is a Two-Stroke Penalty, was published in hardcover by St. Martin’s Press in 1991. The second, Death from the Ladies Tee, followed a year later. After a hiatus of nearly ten years (“Hey! I had to earn a living,” Bartlett says) in 2005 Yeoman House Books brought out those two novels as well as the new Death at the Member-Guest simultaneously in trade softcover editions.
Bartlett began what he calls “the major series” in the Hacker novels with the publication of Death in a Green Jacket in 2007. That was followed by Death from the Claret Jug, set at a fictional British Open in St. Andrews; and An Open Case of Death, in which Hacker covers the U.S. Open at Pebble beach, which was published in 2019. The final volume in the major series, P.G.A. Spells Death, set at a fictional PGA Championship, will debut in the summer of 2020.
James Y. Bartlett has been a golf writer and editor for nearly 20 years and has probably published more words about the game of golf than any other living writer. He has worked as features editor at Golfweek, editor of Luxury Golf magazine, and executive editor of Caribbean Travel & Life magazine. As a freelance writer, his work has appeared in dozens of national magazines, ranging from Esquire to Bon Appetit.
He was the golf columnist for Forbes FYI (now Forbes Life) for every issue of the first 12 years of that magazine’s history. And under the pseudonym of “A.G. Pollard Jr.” he provided witty golf pieces for the readers of Hemispheres, the in-flight magazine of United Air Lines in a gig that lasted nearly 20 years.
In addition to his Hacker mystery series, Bartlett is the author of four nonfiction books. Way back in the 1990s, he wrote Golf Gurus: The Wisdom of the Game’s Greatest Instructors. More recently, he wrote and edited two books in association with the Professional Caddies Association: Think Like A Caddie/Play Like A Pro, and Mastering Golf’s Toughest Shots. Some of Bartlett’s best magazine pieces on caddies, as well as original material on his experiences caddying for some of the game’s greatest players, were compiled in a new e-book, CaddieWampus: Looping fir the Greats.
He currently lives in Rhode Island with his wife Susan.