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In South Florida, everyone wants to get a head. But not just any head. A very famous human head--severed and snugged away in a cryonic container. A head that could spark a revolution and change the course of history.

Everybody wants a piece of the noggin: rotund gangster Big Joey G., a 102-year-old environmentalist, hard-boiled Miami reporter Britt Montero, lawyer Jake Lassiter,  and a would-be dictator in exile--with ex-president Jimmy Carter and a lovable manatee named Booger thrown in for good measure.

With bodies piling up it's anybody's guess what will happen from one chapter to the next, as an all-star line-up of Florida's finest writers take turns at taking this outrageously original novel to the limit--and beyond.

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A who's who of South Florida's funkiest storytellers — including the bestselling authors of Strip Tease, Get Shorty, and Buzz Cut — took turns crafting this edgy, irresistible crimecaper. There's no telling what will happen from one chapter to the next as a motley crew of heroes, heroines, villains, and victims try to one-up and bump off each other in a dangerous and deadly race to get a head — a missing human head that could change history! %

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emmejo, May 8, 2011 (view all comments by emmejo)
When a pair of men hit a manatee while smuggling a human head, they lose the cargo. Before long chaos ensues as the person who finds it tries to keep it away from the folks who will will stop at nothing to recover it. As more and more people become involved, from an ex-president to a 102-year old grandmother, and another head appears as well as the famous person who everyone believed the head to be, thing take a turn for the strange.

The unusual way this story was written (each author wrote a chapter and sent it on to the next who did the same) has worked surprisingly well. The writing managed to stay surprisingly consistent and it certainly creates a good sense of building tension and shifting loyalties.

There were definitely some weak spots, like fact that characters seemed to keep being added to fill in plot holes, resulting a giant, convoluted cast by the end. (Even with the folks getting killed.) It also had a tendency to feel like the plot wasn't getting anywhere, instead the authors just kept tangling things up more. With these chain stories, being polite, not stepping on toes and leaving other author's additions alone just stretches things out without creating a story arc. Someone has to be willing to be drastic and make the reader pay attention. The only one who really seemed willing to walk near the edge was Tananarive Due, who provided the only real dramatic happenings up until the end.
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Madison King, February 17, 2009 (view all comments by Madison King)
First of all let me confess to a literary bias having avidly devour most of the works of Elmore Leonard, Dave Barry and Carl Hiassan because I regularly find their respective works unputdownable. I must also similarly confess, I wasn't at all disappointed by this intoxicating group endeavor. Certainly, it's true to form southern Florida crime writing at its arguable best (is this a non-sequitur?), however, the real surprise is the genuine treat derived from reading a deftly crafted group narrative which benefits exponentially from the palpable literary synergy of distinct, multiple voices. By far and away, the chapter where the 102 year old unforgettable grandmother, one of the oldest things in Florida, uses the sea as her personal zen magic aqua ride is alone worth the ticket price. A lifelong ocean swimmer from the South Jersy seacoast, I thrilled to the resonnance of this superlative writing and found it immeasurably enhanced and embellished this top flight satirical thriller. I still love my crime guys, and no offense intended, but, in my humble opinion this group narrative far surpasses many of their individual efforts. NCTM Crew Kudos!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780449001240
Author:
Hiaasen, Carl
Author:
Buchanan, Edna
Author:
Barry, Dave
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Florida
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Anthologies
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19980120
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.94x5.12x.48 in. .37 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A who's who of South Florida's funkiest storytellers — including the bestselling authors of Strip Tease, Get Shorty, and Buzz Cut — took turns crafting this edgy, irresistible crimecaper. There's no telling what will happen from one chapter to the next as a motley crew of heroes, heroines, villains, and victims try to one-up and bump off each other in a dangerous and deadly race to get a head — a missing human head that could change history! %
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