Basket Case

Basket Case

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Once a hotshot investigative reporter, middle-aged Jack Tagger now bangs out 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 unravel the mystery and resurrect his career in the process.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc., 2013
Edition: First Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780345806536
Branch Call Number: FIC MYS
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 21 cm


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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.

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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