Once a hotshot investigative reporter, Jack Tagger
now bangs out obituaries for a South Florida daily, “plotting to resurrect my
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”
may be just the stiff Jack needs, if only he can figure out what happened.
Standing in the way are, among others, an editor who wants Jack to “break her
cherry,” Stoma’s ambitious pop-singer widow, and the soulless, profit-hungry
newspaper owner Jack once publicly humiliated. As clues from Stoma’s music give
Jack Tagger the chance to trade obits for a story that could hit the front
page, murder gives his career a new lease on life.
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