Basket Case

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Large Print Distribution, Jan 1, 2003 - Fiction - 515 pages
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Jack Tagger catches the scent of a real news story in the death notice for Jimmy Stoma, lead singer of the once-notorious Jimmy and the Slut Puppies. Hoping to regain his status in the world of journalism, he follows the trail to the not-so-grieving widow, Cleo Rio, who is attempting to give her own career a jump-start. When other members of the band die in suspicious circumstances ('Somebody's killing off the Slut Puppies!'), Tagger sees his chance to get back on the front page. Now, if he can only score points with his hot 27-year-old editor, Emma.

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User Review  - louis.arata - LibraryThing

A delight. The storytelling made me smile, it was so engaging and compelling, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. I wanted to read it quickly and to savor it. After reading some dry stuff, this was like a cool glass of water. Now I'm all set to try Hiaasen's other novels. Read full review

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I had tried to read another Carl Hiaasen book and couldn't get into it, so when I was planning a trip and saw "Basket Case" at the library, I grabbed it, thinking it would be a good beach read. I ... Read full review

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Carl Hiaasen was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 12, 1953. He received a degree in journalism from the University of Florida in 1974. He has been a reporter and columnist for the Miami Herald since 1976, and is known for exposing scandal and corruption throughout southern Florida. He has received numerous state and national honors for his journalism and commentary including the Damon Runyon Award from the Denver Press Club. His work has also appeared in numerous magazines including Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Time, Life, Esquire and Gourmet. His best-selling novels include Double Whammy, Skin Tight, Native Tongue, Stormy Weather, Lucky You, Sick Puppy, Basket Case, and Nature Girl. His 1993 novel, Striptease, was adapted as a film in 1996 starring Demi Moore and Burt Reynolds. He also writes children's books including Hoot, which was awarded a Newbery Honor; Flush; and Scat. Hoot was adapted into a film in 2006. His non-fiction works include Team Rodent; The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport; and two collections of his newspaper columns entitled Kick Ass and Paradise Screwed. In 2013 his titles Chomp and Bad Monkey made The New York Times bestseller list. In 2014, his non-fiction title Dance of the Reptiles made it to the New York Times bestseller list. Skink - No Surrender made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014.

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