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Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen

Double Whammy (1987)

by Carl Hiaasen

Series: Skink (1)

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It tries for farce and satire, succeeds sometimes, but ultimately descends to sarcasm and silliness. ( )
  dasam | Jun 21, 2018 |
Have you ever had the urge to learn everything you can about bass fishing? Well, neither have I, but I did learn quite a bit while reading this satirical, hysterical thriller. This one takes place in Florida, in the small town of Harney.

R.J. Decker, a down-on-his-luck ex-con and private investigator, is in Harney, having been hired by Dennis Gault, a wealthy bass fishing aficionado, who is convinced that champion fisherman and host of a popular weekly bass fishing show on the Outdoor Christian Network (OCN), Dickie Lockhart, is cheating in the high-dollar bass fishing tournaments. It is now Decker’s job to find out how the cheating is taking place and obtain photographs of the cheating. Decker teams up with Skink, a very strange hermit with a surprising back-story, who lives in the outskirts of Harney, subsisting on road kill. He has no qualms about shooting intruders, and acts very peculiar whether in public or private.

Hiassen creates other humorous characters to help the story along: Lainie Gault, a sexy swimsuit model with no morals; beautiful and classy Catherine, Decker’s ex-wife, who, although remarried to an incredibly boring chiropractor, keeps in touch with Decker; Ott Pickney, Decker’s old friend and a reporter who should have retired ages ago, and Charlie Weeb (televangelist and owner of OCN) who has problems avoiding prostitutes and enjoys performing fake healings on farm animals on "live satellite television", as well as marketing his development, Lunker Lakes Resort, which is built on a contaminated landfill. Needless to say, even though there are murders, attempted murders, close calls of all kinds, muggings, and intrigue to keep any reader on the edge, Hiaasen has inserted enough of his distinct brand of humor to make this book difficult to put down.

Granted, this is not destined for the “classics” aisle in the library or bookstore, and it won’t be studied in college literature classes, but as far as a light, upbeat, and fast-moving thriller, this one is highly recommended. Hiaasen’s characters are delightful, and this book has an absolutely wicked sense of humor. There were all kinds of situations and moments that even caused me to laugh out loud. Some of those situations were priceless as they poked some very serious holes in several over-the-top stereotypes. ( )
  ssimon2000 | May 7, 2018 |
Even though I like fishing, this was not one of my favorite Hiaasen novels. ( )
  CarynPic | Nov 14, 2017 |
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 |
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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.
added by kthomp25 | editPublisher's Weekly
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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