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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,655 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carl Hiaasen Narrator: Carl Hiaasen Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2002 ISBN: 9780553755459
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • [Hiaasen] is head and shoulders above the rest. . . . Straight crime fiction with a biting, satiric edge, and it proves what his hardcore fans have known for a long time—he is, at heart, simply a great storyteller and a better writer. Charleston Post and Courier
  • Great good fun. . . Basket Case is typical Hiaasen. In other words, it’s wildly hyperbolic, with lots of digs at South Florida's zany lifestyle and (in this case) a total smearing of corporate journalism. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Frisky. . . . The real music here is Mr. Hiaasen’s self-assured banter. The New York Times
  • Riled, righteous, and rip-roaring funny. . . Hiaasen’s novels ought to bear the warning label: may be hazardous to your sides. They may split. New York Newsday
  • [A] rollickingly comic and suspenseful adventure. Los Angeles Times
  • Fresh and juicy. . . A sunny delight. Entertainment Weekly
  • As delicious as ever. . . [Hiaasen is] a master of the comic crime novel. People
  • Hiaasen delivers a culpable caper that’s a pleasurable hit. USA Today
     
  • A riot. . . It’s one thing to be twisted and funny. It’s quite another to manage twisted, funny, and serious. . . . Hiaasen consistently juggles the heavy with the light. Detroit News

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/17/2014

    " A departure from classic Hiaasen style, but still great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James J | 2/15/2014

    " good story.violent at times but not an ugly book.the dialouge is classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lance Carlson | 2/14/2014

    " redeemed carl hiaasen for me........after reading star island............wasnt sure if i even wanted to read another hiaasen book. THis was chuck full of the dry humor and florida antics that have made his other books so enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 2/13/2014

    " A mindless, silly and escapist romp. Perfect reading for decompressing from a grueling work week. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 2/13/2014

    " Nancy 4 stars; Ron - 5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janelle | 1/31/2014

    " Carl Hiaasen's works are usually very funny, intelligent, witty, creative, with a happy ending. What could you want more from an entertaining lite read? The imaginative characters, the adventure, the great use of irony and sarcasm, he keeps you guessing how things could possibly all work out for the best, and they do in his books which I like. I always find good qualities to admire in his heros, and can easily despise the villians, cheering when they meet their demise...in whatever creative fashion that might come. I also like the positive ecological theme that runs throughout many of his books. Hiaasen's works are great diversions in life, and if you look at them the right way you might even find a surprising improved perspective, but perhaps that's simply from the number of laugh out loud moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/25/2014

    " Very entertaining story, great characters. Would've loved a bit more suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 1/23/2014

    " Haven't read one of Hiaasen's books in awhile. This one was fun and a quick read. I am sick at home with a cold and it was a good distraction from feeling crummy. Hiaasen has the touch to suck you right into his mystery and hold you there till the last page. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 1/20/2014

    " This book accomplished what I imagine it set out to do: be mildly entertaining. It was an easy, midless read. I can't really say I'd recommend it but, for a book I got for free on vacation, it served its purpose well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Coral | 1/17/2014

    " My first Hiaasen novel...and perhaps my last. I'm undecided. It's not a terrible book. It's the fact that Hiassen tries too hard to be cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shedrick Pittman-Hassett | 1/17/2014

    " This one was a lot of fun. I could really see it being made into a movie... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlin | 1/4/2014

    " Not as good as some of his books, this book is a sentimental favorite for the connection to the late Warren Zevon. Still a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kangs | 12/31/2013

    " My favorite Hiaasen book. How can a where the main character is an obituary writer fail? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 12/30/2013

    " An obituary writer investigates a pop singer's death. Populated with Hiaasen's typical outsiders and full-on nut jobs with a generous dose of his wry humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/26/2013

    " Carl Hiaasen, where have you been all my life? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yasmin | 12/17/2013

    " The book started of meandering through the park then sprinted, full force, to the finish. It was entertaining and will make me pick up another book by this author to see if it's any better, but I wouldn't give this one to a friend if I wanted them to start reading this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 12/14/2013

    " It was pretty good, but I gave up with about 50 pages left. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha | 11/27/2013

    " You can never not be entertained by a Carl Hiaasen book...never. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Therese Marie | 10/29/2013

    " carl's always good for lite reading and a good laugh... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rusty | 10/11/2013

    " Centers on reporter Jack Tagger, currently writing obituaries for a Miami newspaper purchased by a soul-less corporate monolith. He ends up pursuing the death of a former punk rocker for the Slut Puppies. The usual enjoyable silliness. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 8/30/2013

    " Having enjoyed Skinny Dip I read this right on its heels. I didn't care for it nearly as much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Pereira | 6/5/2013

    " I am normally a fan of his, but this book was a little disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 4/4/2013

    " As always, Hiaasen keeps me interested as well as makes me laugh. Just on the edge of believable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martin | 3/30/2013

    " Mildly amusing. Definitely one of Hiassen's weaker efforts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brynna | 2/18/2013

    " Gripping and fun read. Good character development as with most Hiaasen books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Foisset | 1/20/2013

    " Another fun read by Hiaasen. Liked this one, but thought Skinny Dip was better... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 11/25/2012

    " Fun book... not his best but a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mona | 9/28/2012

    " Still at the beach. This is my 4th or 5th Hiaasen and I usually get quite a laugh out of him but this one seems to drag on just a bit too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 9/25/2012

    " Another very entertaining book by Carl Hiassen. Mystery with a comic twist. "

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