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Double Whammyby Carl Hiaasen
Monday, June 24, 2013 07:30 PM
Powell's City of Books on Burnside, Portland, OR
Bad Monkey (Knopf) has Carl Hiaasen back doing what he does best: spinning a wickedly funny, fiercely pointed tale in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of pristine land in Florida — now, in the Bahamas too — get their comeuppance in ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.
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R.J. Decker, star tenant of the local trailer park and neophyte private eye is fishing for a killer.
Thanks to a sportman'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.
"Follow the adventures of a news-photographer-turned-private-eye as he seeks truth, justice and an affair with his ex-wife..." New York Times
"A murder sizzler that is everything...great fun...it places Hiaasen up there with Ross Thomas and Donald Westlake as a wildly imaginative caper writer...I went for Double Whammy hook, line, and sinker." Washington Post Book World
"Twists and turns with breathtaking speed...climb aboard, Bubba. Strap yourself in. You're gonna like this ride." New York Times Book Review
"Manic...delightful...fascinating." Chicago Tribune
"A Day-Glo version of reality that is insanely funny — and scary." Boston Herald
"Carl Hiaasen's vivid imagination serves up a seven-course meal in Double Whammy. It's a spread where every course is thick, rare, red meat...You'll have a good time." Houston Post
R. J. Decker, trailer park resident and neophyte private eye, teams up with a half-blind, half-mad hermit — and faces down television evangelists, dangerous women, pistol-packing rednecks, and a pit bull — to solve a fishy murder.
A wacky tale of murder and mayhem at a big-stakes Florida bass tournament delightfully exposes corruption among the rod-and-reel set.
About the Author
Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives with his family.
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