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Unplayable Lie tells the story of a disgruntled mobster who was just released after spending five years in jail. He decides to put a "hit" on Chris LaGrange, the person who reneged on his cocaine debt. Unfortunately the wrong person is sent the intimidating message. The "moneyed comfort" of the High Ridge Country Club is disrupted when the "hit" takes place there. Don Vito, head of the mob in northeastern New York, sends his righthand man, Angelo DeAngelo, to straighten out the botched job. Oblivious to mob infiltration, country club life goes on. The female champion golfer, a cardiologist, is trying unsuccessfully to become pregnant. Her friend, Babs Nelson, has just opened an Italian restaurant. Babs hires the country club president's son, Chad Hawthorne, to be her maitre d. Unfortunately Chad is might be forced to compromise the restaurant as he squealed on a drug dealing mobster. Chad's mother, Amy Sue, seeks pleasure and financial advancement from country club members. Amy Sue becomes a partner with Babs in a bed and breakfast hotel and spa. She becomes engaged to her lawyer, a much older man. His sons want to stop the marriage. Amy Sue's ex-husband and club president, Hank Hawthorne, continues his womanizing. His aclaimed artist wife, Sarah, tires of his behavior, and while on assignment in Paris, falls in love. Meanwhile, Angelo DeAngelo joins the country club to please his wife. As an importer of fine Italian leather he is accepted as an upstanding member. His "other life" is the successor to the Don. The novel examines the role of various types of families while unraveling a web of lies as the sophisticated, the seductive and the sinister live their lives.