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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.

Review:

"Hiaasen's typical quirky characters and hilarious dialog are in abundance in this thoroughly entertaining novel." Library Journal

Review:

"Hiassen gets back to his roots with this (almost) straight-ahead mystery, but doesn't skimp on the funny stuff....A hilarious sendup of exotic Floridian fauna in the newspaper business, the novel offers all the same treats Hiassen's fans have come to crave." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A rip-roaringly entertaining tale....Give Hiaasen credit for knowing that sometimes the best way to reinvent yourself is to retreat from the edge." Bill Ott, Booklist

Review:

"South Florida's master farceur takes enough off his trademark loony tunes to fit some, though not all, the laughs into a whodunit....The giggles throughout, in fact, are authentic, but this time the crazies only nibble at the edges of the dutiful detective story instead of disporting themselves smack into the middle of things, as they've done in Hiaasen's more inspired crime comedies." Kirkus Reviews

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:
9780375411076
Author:
Hiaasen, Carl
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Location:
New York
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Florida
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Obituaries
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
MCH087
Publication Date:
January 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.50x6.50x1.50 in. 1.41 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780375411076 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Hiaasen's typical quirky characters and hilarious dialog are in abundance in this thoroughly entertaining novel."
"Review" by , "Hiassen gets back to his roots with this (almost) straight-ahead mystery, but doesn't skimp on the funny stuff....A hilarious sendup of exotic Floridian fauna in the newspaper business, the novel offers all the same treats Hiassen's fans have come to crave."
"Review" by , "A rip-roaringly entertaining tale....Give Hiaasen credit for knowing that sometimes the best way to reinvent yourself is to retreat from the edge."
"Review" by , "South Florida's master farceur takes enough off his trademark loony tunes to fit some, though not all, the laughs into a whodunit....The giggles throughout, in fact, are authentic, but this time the crazies only nibble at the edges of the dutiful detective story instead of disporting themselves smack into the middle of things, as they've done in Hiaasen's more inspired crime comedies."
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