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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.

Synopsis:

Once a hotshot investigative reporter, middle-aged Jack Tagger now bangs out obituaries for a South Florida daily. When Jimmy Stoma, the infamous front man of Jimmy and the Slut Puppies, dies in a diving "accident, " Jack uses clues from the singer's own music to unravel the mystery and resurrect his career in the process.

About the Author

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of eight previous novels, including Sick Puppy, Lucky You, and Stormy Weather. He also writes a twice-weekly metropolitan column for the Miami Herald.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375414411
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Humorous
Author:
Hiaasen, Carl
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Fiction-Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Fiction-Thrillers
Subject:
Fiction-Humorous
Subject:
Fiction : Humorous
Subject:
Fiction : Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Fiction : Thrillers
Subject:
Obituaries
Subject:
Florida
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20020101
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
317

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"Synopsis" by , Once a hotshot investigative reporter, middle-aged Jack Tagger now bangs out obituaries for a South Florida daily. When Jimmy Stoma, the infamous front man of Jimmy and the Slut Puppies, dies in a diving "accident, " Jack uses clues from the singer's own music to unravel the mystery and resurrect his career in the process.
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