Basket Case

Basket Case

Book - 2002
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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2002
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780375411076
0375411070
Branch Call Number: FIC Hiaas 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 317 p

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Goldie48
Jun 17, 2012

Too bad the author stooped to locker room language and titillating scenes that did not seem to fit the characters or carry the plot forward. Obligatory and distracting...for my taste.

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RichardPaul
Jan 20, 2011

Review by Richard Paul (Seattle Public Library) Basket Case ---- by Carl Hiaasen c - 2002 ---- This comical story of murder and bungling perps., kept me reading till my eyes hurt. The main character an accomplished newspaper columnist, Jack Tagger, having miss used his quick-wit at a company meeting. Ended up in the writing the Obits dog house (sentence, to be forever). And needs a front page story to escape the dungeon. A famous rock star dies: one of Jack's favorites. The interviews made by Jack just don't, add up, to accident! Jack has is get out of Obit's card, he thinks. And in proving this over time he ends up fighting off a bad guy: With a frozen, 4ft long pet Monitor Lizard. Basket Case turned out to be a great surprise for me. Carl Hiaasen artfully did that, to us. Reviewed on Mar 22 2010

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Jan 20, 2011

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