Synopses & Reviews
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 Jacks 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 husbands 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 Stomas 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.
"Hiaasen's typical quirky characters and hilarious dialog are in abundance in this thoroughly entertaining novel." Library Journal
"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
"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
"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.