Basket Case

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 8, 2002 - Fiction - 336 pages
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A rollicking and hilarious novel from the bestselling author of Bad Monkey and Razor Girl.

Jack Tagger’s years in exile at the obituaries desk of a South Florida daily haven’t dulled his investigative reporter’s nose for a good story. When Jimmy Stoma, the infamous front man of Jimmy and the Slut Puppies, dies in a fishy scuba accident, Jack sees his ticket back to page one—if only he can figure out what really happened. Standing in his way are, just for starters, 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 relaunch her own career; and the soulless, profit-hungry owner of the newspaper, whom Jack once publicly humiliated at a stockholders’ meeting. Following clues from the late rock singer’s own music, Jack tries to unravel the lies surrounding Jimmy Stoma’s strange fate.

 

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User Review  - CatEllington - LibraryThing

"If you don't own your masters, your masters will own you." — Prince I'm only giving Basket Case five stars because, even though its plot, in the beginning, unfolded a bit slower than a Carl Hiaasen ... Read full review

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

A well-written, funny, irreverant look at the life of a "journalist" who is stuck writing obituaries and his investigation into a former rock star's sudden death. Oddly satisfying ending. I'll read more of his work . Read full review

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BASKET CASE lyrics
Excerpt from Bad Monkey A NOTE ABOUT THE AUTHOR ALSO BY CARL HIAASEN
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CARL HIAASEN was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of numerous novels, including the best sellers Razor Girl, Bad Monkey, Star Island, Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, and Lucky You, and five best-selling children’s books, Hoot, Flush, Scat, Chomp, and Skink. His most recent work of nonfiction is Dance of the Reptiles, a collection of his columns from The Miami Herald.
 
www.carlhiaasen.com

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