Basket Case

Basket Case

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A rollicking and hilarious novel from the bestselling author of Bad Monkey and Razor Girl.

Jack Tagger's years in exile at the obituaries desk of a South Florida daily haven't dulled his investigative reporter's nose for a good story. When Jimmy Stoma, the infamous front man of Jimmy and the Slut Puppies, dies in a fishy scuba accident, Jack sees his ticket back to page one--if only he can figure out what really happened. Standing in his way are, just for starters, 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 relaunch her own career; and the soulless, profit-hungry owner of the newspaper, whom Jack once publicly humiliated at a stockholders' meeting. Following clues from the late rock singer's own music, Jack tries to unravel the lies surrounding Jimmy Stoma's strange fate.

Edition: 1st ed. --
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780345806536
9780375411076
0375411070
Branch Call Number: FIC Hiaas
Characteristics: 317 pages

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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

RichardPaul thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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