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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,983 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carl Hiaasen Narrator: George K. Wilson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1988 ISBN: 9781440781131
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“Robert Clinch loved his boat more than anything else in the world … more than his wife … his kids … his girlfriend … Even more than the largemouth bass he was pursuing.” Thus begins a twisted tale of murder in the world of big-stakes bass fishing tournaments. Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, New York Times bestselling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.

R. J. Decker, star tenant of the local trailer park and neophyte private eye, is fishing for a killer. Thanks to a sportsman’s scam that’s anything but sportsmanlike, there’s a body floating in Coon Bog, Florida—and a lot that’s rotten in the murky waters of big-stakes, large-mouth bass tournaments. Here Decker will team up with a half-blind, half-mad hermit with an appetite for road kill; dare to kiss his ex-wife while she’s in bed with her new husband; and face deadly TV evangelists, dangerously seductive women, and a pistol-toting redneck with a pit bull on his arm. And here his own life becomes part of the stakes, for while the “double whammy” is the lure, first prize is for the most ingenious murder.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Twists and turns with breathtaking speed…Climb aboard, bubba. Strap yourself in. You gonna like this ride.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The cast of bizarre characters and the suspenseful events confirm Hiaasen’s reputation for creating singular villains and heroes. While he’s probably unpopular among some fellow citizens in his home state, he will certainly please readers who appreciate the Swiftian wit in his cautionary tales.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “You wouldn’t think someone would stoop to murder to win a bass fishing contest, but then few of us have the imagination of Carl Hiaasen. He creates characters and plots guaranteed to snare your interest and jiggle your funny bone. Then all you need is a George Wilson to inhabit these South Florida denizens and make the most of these unlikely situations, and you’re hooked.”

    AudioFile

  • “Humor and suspense in equal doses.”

    Booklist

  • “The action is swift, and there are some very funny scenes.”

    Library Journal

  • “With its byzantine plot and wonderful, weird denizens, this is one of the most delightfully inventive and entertaining crime novels of the year.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Muriel | 2/7/2014

    " Morbidly funny pulpy crime books are Hiaasen's specialty and this one is top-notch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin Boyd | 1/25/2014

    " This is probably the funniest book I've ever read. Seriously, the "pet dog"?! I mean, how could one not pee their pants laughing? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Levy | 1/22/2014

    " I heart Skink <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bea | 1/18/2014

    " I really enjoy Hiaasen's books. They are impossible, funny, smart and just a great read! His characters are real CHARACTERS with pride, sense of morals, and yet ordinary folks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 1/16/2014

    " Probably my favorite Carl Hiaasen book to date (I haven't read them all). I thought it was funny but in a sick twisted kind of way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gsuskauer | 1/4/2014

    " very amusing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bucky Hendricks | 12/31/2013

    " Solid book. A little slow but a good ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Rollins | 12/31/2013

    " He is too funny!! Love this author nd his improbable cast of characters!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ron | 12/26/2013

    " Nancy 0 stars; Ron 3 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 12/24/2013

    " Hiaasen is my favorite author, and I would recommend any of his books. This one was not as funny as the others, but still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 12/20/2013

    " Funny from start to finish. Carl Hiaasen brings Florida to life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhodora | 12/13/2013

    " Funny story about fishing and huge tournaments. Really funny zany characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cari | 12/11/2013

    " Really fun easy read - kept me entertained - a very witty main character! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 11/3/2013

    " I think this may have been the very first Hiaasen book I read. Kept me going back for more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart Lutzenhiser | 11/2/2013

    " Funny - but not his best book I've read. I think it is a pretty early one. A photographer/PI is hired to look into a series of deaths around professional Bass fishing in Florida (of course). Enjoyable - but not the best Hiaasen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 9/11/2013

    " much better than the first "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon Ullon | 8/31/2013

    " Love all of his stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett Tompkins | 6/20/2013

    " Now I can say I've read a novel about bass fishing; didn't think I would ever say that. It was actually pretty good too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie Jackson | 4/29/2013

    " Cheating on the pro-bass fishing circuit. Ever my non-reader brother adored this one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 4/25/2013

    " Funny and entertaining story and characters. Quick and easy reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Viswanathan Venkataraman | 12/4/2012

    " Good book to read after heart attack. Easy reading , nice crime caper "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 12/3/2012

    " Nancy 0 stars; Ron 3 stars "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 11/15/2012

    " My favorite Carl Hiassen book of all time. Laugh outloud funny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 8/17/2012

    " Same as the rest.....great for a quick read and a good chuckle. The unltimate vacation book...for me, at least. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gay | 6/27/2011

    " Great to read! Characters and plot are really well-developed and entertaining. Florida was never made so real. I will read more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale | 6/15/2011

    " I don't need to tell you that if you like Hiaasen's other work you'll like this one as well. A nice blend of absurdity, slapstick, danger, sex, and environmentalism. As always. And of course plenty of redneck charlatans and nitwits. What's not to like? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misty | 6/13/2011

    " This was still as witty and funny as the last one I read of Hiaasen's but just not as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/26/2011

    " Love these books for summer vacation reading! Soo great! Intriguing, funny, sexy. They have it all! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 5/14/2011

    " This book made me laugh out loud - he's sharp and observant and a very smart writer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 5/9/2011

    " dude remains a hoot to read >>>>>>>>>>> "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 3/19/2011

    " Now I know how the Governor lost his eye. Fascinating characters, great story, and the satisfying Hiaasen classic ending where the louses get what they deserve. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 3/6/2011

    " I always enjoy these yarns pitting hapless good guys against corrupt officials and developers. I enjoyed this, but it was not as good as Skinny Dip or Nature Girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 3/1/2011

    " Now I can say I've read a novel about bass fishing; didn't think I would ever say that. It was actually pretty good too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Owen | 1/30/2011

    " another great book (for leisure reading)...Carl is very funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tabitha | 1/27/2011

    " I really enjoyed the vivid characters in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dick | 1/26/2011

    " Lent to me by my FL neighbor "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 12/19/2010

    " by far the funniest of several I've read by Hiaasen...actually learned a bit about bass-fishin' to boot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 12/6/2010

    " I love Hiaasen's brand of humour. A fun, quick read. "

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About the Author
Author Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen is a successful journalist and novelist. He is a writer and investigative reporter for the Miami Herald, and his work has appeared in Time, Life, Esquire, Playboy, Gourmet, and Sports Illustrated. His earliest novels—Powder Burn, Trap Line, and A Death In China—were cowritten with fellow journalist Bill Montalbano. Since then, he has written books in a variety of genres. His novel Strip Tease was made into a movie in 1996, and his young adult novel Hoot, a Newbery honoree, was made into a movie in May 2006. A number of Hiassen’s works have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, including Star Island, Chomp, Sick Puppy, and Scat. In addition to being a writer, Hiassen is also a public speaker. He lives in Florida with his family.

About the Narrator

George K. Wilson is a working actor in stage, film, television, and commercials with almost one hundred audiobook narrations to his credit. He began in broadcast journalism with American Forces Radio and Television and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He had a lead role in the cult film classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and appeared on television’s One Life to Live, Ryan’s Hope, and The Doctors and has been heard on voice-overs for The Guiding Light and The Cosby Show, as well as many television and radio commercials.