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Basket Case (original 2002; edition 2003)
by Carl Hiaasen
Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen (2002)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0446695645, Paperback)Take one dead rock & roll star, his Courtney Love-type widow, the mysterious deaths of his former bandmates, and the lost tracks of a comeback album. Stir in Jack Tagger, a middle-aged investigative reporter obsessed with death since his banishment to the obit desk; a fetching young editor with a yen for our hero; and a boss looking for a reason to fire him. Put them in the hands of a master like Carl Hiaasen, who adds his trademark flourishes (who else would use a frozen lizard as a weapon?) to a creaky plot like this one, and the result is a winner. Florida is full of caper writers with journalistic credentials, and plenty of them have a deft hand with quirky characters, but no one in the genre is better than Hiaasen. --Jane Adams
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:05:16 -0400)
Once an investigative reporter, middle-aged Jack Tagger now writes 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 solve the mystery.
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