Basket Case (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 8, 2002 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Once a hotshot investigative reporter, Jack Tagger now bangs out obituaries for a South Florida daily, “plotting to resurrect my newspaper career by yoking my byline to some famous stiff.” Jimmy Stoma, the infamous front man of Jimmy and the Slut Puppies, dead in a fishy-smelling scuba “accident,” might be the stiff of Jack’s dreams—if only he can figure out what happened.

Standing in the way are (among others) his ambitious young editor, who hasn’t yet fired anyone but plans to “break her cherry” on Jack; the rock star’s pop-singer widow, who’s using the occasion of her husband’ s death to re-launch her own career; and the soulless, profit-hungry owner of the newspaper, whom Jack once publicly humiliated at a stockholders’ meeting.

With clues from the dead rock singer’s music, Jack ultimately unravels Jimmy Stoma’s strange fate—in a hilariously hard-won triumph for muckraking journalism, and for the death-obsessed obituary writer himself.

“Always be halfway prepared” is Jack Tagger’s motto—and it’s more than enough to guarantee a wickedly funny, brilliantly entertaining novel from Carl Hiaasen.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Carl Hiaasen's Bad Monkey.

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He wraps the secondary plot nicely as well. - LibraryThing
He is a wonderfully entertaining and funny writer. - LibraryThing
Hiaasen has many plot twists and turns. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

Generally satisfying read, but definitely not one of his best. Not nearly the edge he usually has (except his bad guy's demise was up to standard). The romance seemed a little lame for Hiaasen. Generally OK, though. Read full review

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User Review  - Berly - LibraryThing

The usual amusing, irreverent fare by another favorite author. In this murder mystery, Jack Tagger has been demoted to the obit page of a Florida daily newspaper. He hates the new profit-hungry owner ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of eight previous novels, including Sick Puppy, Lucky You, and Stormy Weather. He also writes a twice-weekly metropolitan column for the Miami Herald.

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