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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"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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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, Nature Girl and Razor 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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