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Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen

Double Whammy (1987)

by Carl Hiaasen

Series: Skink (1)

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Odd characters and many plot twists. Not the best mystery, but it was somewhat entertaining. I like his writing, but this is not his best effort. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 15, 2016 |
My second Hiaasen - liked it a lot. This one seems to be one of the earlier ones, when Skink was just developing as a character. Fun characters, well written, the good guys win over the sleazy and powerful. A great formula. ( )
  bicyclewriter | Jan 8, 2016 |
It was a really fun read but some ridiculous situations at the end of the book brought it down a notch or two for me. ( )
  Fearshop | Aug 20, 2015 |
I'm surprising myself. I really like Carl Hiaasen's characters. Lots of fun and you never know when you are going to chuckle out-loud while reading them. ( )
  whybehave2002 | Feb 4, 2015 |
This guy is one really sick puppy ... and speaking of sick puppies is appropriate when discussing this bizarre mystery. Well-written, unbelievable characters believably drawn make this a really fun read. But I did feel the the guilty pleasure of voyeuristically watching a train wreck. Oddly exhilirating. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 19, 2014 |
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A Miami Herald reporter who struck a blow against corrupt entrepreneurs in Tourist Season, Hiaasen follows through with this acid satire, a real double whammy. Private detective R. J. Decker is hired to prove that TV host Dickie Lockhart cheats to win fortunes in Florida bass-fishing tournaments. The investigation makes Decker a prey to hired killers who have murdered other "snoops," but the detective also finds a strong if weird ally in a hermit who calls himself Skink. Along with two honest cops, Skink goes with Decker to the lake where a big tournament is under way and the four make a tremendous splash, to the dismay of the assembly. Hardest hit is Reverend Weeb, Lockhart's sponsor on the Outdoor Christian Network, whose generous supporters don't know that he's addicted to prostitutes, profanity and land-grabbing. The cast of bizarre characters and the suspenseful events confirm Hiaasen's reputation for creating singular villains and heroes. While he's probably unpopular among some fellow citizens in his home state, he will certainly please readers who appreciate the Swiftian wit in his cautionary tales.
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The "double whammy" is a special lure used in the competitive bass fishing underlying the plot of this thriller by Miami journalist Hiaasen ( The Tourist Season ). Someone is cheating at bass fishing competitions, and people are getting killed. Enter R.J. Decker, former photojournalist and ex-con. Decker teams up with Skink, an unbelievable character who lives in a forest shack, eats road-killed animals, and reads Dostoyevsky (and turns out to be the ex-governor of Florida). Decker's an unlikely hero, always a step behind. Other characters include the usual corrupt TV evangelists, rednecks, smart black policemen, and betrayingly beautiful women. The action is swift, and there are some very funny scenes. Louise A. Merriam, L.E. Phillips Memorial P.L., Eau Claire, Wis.
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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 sportsman'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.

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Detective R.J. Decker's investigation into corruption in the professional bass-fishing industry reveals that the multimillion-dollar enterprise makes a lot of people rich enough to cheat and even kill if necessary.

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