The beginning is an introduction of one white male after another and their generic names make them hard to sort out. Then Hiaasen bravely shows the blatant racism that happens in the old boys' club of the south. The plot is solid. There is cliffhanger after cliffhanger that kept me turning pages. Another funny romp through the Everglades with, bat crazy, "Skink", the ex-Govenor of Florida. Skink is determined to help a detective who is investigating a possible bass fishing heist.
The detective is unsure of this cantankerous, ill humored, homeless guy, but he seems to have some answers that may help him solve his case. Skink is one of a kind, crazy smart and possibly the most offensive character I have read about, but I love his deranged and nutty adventures. I learned a lot about bass fi Another funny romp through the Everglades with, bat crazy, "Skink", the ex-Govenor of Florida. I learned a lot about bass fishing in this story, so if that's your thing, you will love this one. This novel has all the right ingredients, and it is VERY funny. A panoply of ignorant tourists, gorgeous babes, and large-mouth bass fisherman one VERY corrupt must contend with a very intelligent black State Policeman and a crusading journalist in this classic Carl Hiaasen satire.
If you're new to Hiaasen, this is a good book to start with. It's also "Skink's" first appearance in a Hiassen novel. Feb 01, James rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: As an avid fisherman and native Floridian this was a great read! Hiaasen created one of the most memorable characters in Skink the former Gov and a whole cast that only he could put together.
There are some scenes that he describes that had me crying with laughter. I would imagine that everyone should have a copy of Double Whammy on their shelf. Jan 03, Ensiform rated it liked it Shelves: Hot-headed private detective R. Decker is hired to prove that TV host Dickie Lockhart cheats to win fortunes in Florida bass-fishing tournaments.
Decker soon finds out that the stakes are so high people are willing to kill to keep secrets, but he finds an ally in an apparently deranged, roadkill-eating hermit who calls himself Skink, as well as a couple of honest cops. Adding to the cast are a trio of moron hillbillies, an amoral hottie who seduces Decker and helps frame him for murder, and t Hot-headed private detective R. Adding to the cast are a trio of moron hillbillies, an amoral hottie who seduces Decker and helps frame him for murder, and the good Reverend Weeb, Lockhart's sponsor on the Outdoor Christian Network, whose hobbies include prostitutes, fake faith healing, and land-grabbing.
Nov 30, Kay rated it liked it Shelves: I'd saved this library-sale paperback for a proverbial rainy day -- and so when I came down with my inevitable fall cold, I patted myself on the back for having just the right thing to distract me from sneezing and sniffling.
Hiaasen has long been a favorite of mine; his jaundiced view of modern America more specifially, Florida dovetails with mine, not to mention his somewhat perverse sense of humor. Certain things you'll always find in a Carl Hiaasen novel: Ever wonder about those TV fishing programs? Who on earth watches them and WHY? Well, this engaging novel takes aim at certain sorts of bubbas and their infatuation with big boats, big fish, and big boobs. It's all done in the best Hiaasen tradition. May 12, Keri rated it really liked it Shelves: But of course I was wrong.
I never realized how competitive professional bass fishing was, then you throw in a sleazy Christian network minister, then you have the recipe for disaster. I laughed so hard at one point that I snorted, problem was I was in my work lobby sitting in a chair and it really echoed in there. Him and Skink have been friends for along time and he is about the only one that can keep Skink somewhat under control…. This was a movie that Demi Moore made, but the book was better than the movie. A lot of laugh out loud moments in these books and although I will never love tournament Bass fishing, Hiaasen did make it interesting and funny in the end.
The only thing was the ending was too abrupt, as I was hoping that RJ and Catherine was going to get back together.
Jul 08, Jacques Bezuidenhout rated it really liked it. George Wilson Surprisingly good. Didn't know the author, just saw the book on a Daily Deal, and it contained elements of bass fishing an interest of mine. The story ended up not being about the bass fishing itself for most parts, but simply using it as a stage for the actual story line. I think even if you know nothing or care nothing for fishing, you can still enjoy this book.
He has some awesome characters. Each one as entertaining as the next. The humor is excellent. The stereo-types are great. Some parts can be described as weird and gross, but it all adds to the story. You really have no idea which direction it is going in next. Although I enjoyed the narrator a lot, there were some odd sounds occasionally. Although this was noticeable, it doesn't really change my opinion about the narrator or the book. I've read a few other books by Hiaasen, and really liked them. This one was a little less enjoyable for me because I couldn't build any interest up in the bass-fishing aspect of the novel.
One of my favorite characters, Skink, kept me interested as well the detective-noir aspect. This is the novel which introduces Skink, who subsequently appears in several other Hiaasen novels. The main character, Decker, is your classic P. Hiassen's characters are almost always just a bit bizarre and sometimes rather deranged, and yet he gives them enough depth to sound believable. My biggest draw to Hiassen's novels is his perverse sense of humor.
This novel is full of this, which made it entertaining, even though the main subject of the investigation held little interest for me. Jan 28, Mike rated it really liked it. This was my first book by Hiaasen and I wasn't disappointed At his best, he compares to Joe Lansdale which I consider a huge compliment to Hiaasen. I definitely will be reading more. I don't give 5 stars lightly, but this was really a masterpiece. It was hilariously funny at every turn, filled with grit and whimsy and wonderful south FLA characters. It utterly lampoons the bass fishing industry yet without impugning the beauty of the pure sport or the fish themselves.
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The main character, Decker, is great, a tough-guy photographer with a soft spot for his ex wife, but I feel the real star of the show was Skink the h This book was so brilliant I don't even know where to start. The main character, Decker, is great, a tough-guy photographer with a soft spot for his ex wife, but I feel the real star of the show was Skink the hermit, who has a mysterious past and is an unlikely crusader for a worthy cause.
I have a feeling this is a book I will enjoy reading again and again. This is the second Hiassen book I've read, and so far I'm thoroughly impressed. I have a feeling he will fast take a seat on the dais of my favorites next to Jo Nesbo and Tom Robbins. I would give this book 10 stars if I could.
Jun 16, Chuck rated it really liked it. Carl Hiaasen is always funny, outlandish and over the top. Laugh-out-loud lines in this book. In the always wacky state of Florida, RJ Decker is a private investigator trying to make ends meet and his latest assignment fetches a high price. What seems like an easy assignment quickly escalates into a murder conspiracy involving a psychotic eco-terrorist, a seductive blackmailer, and a shady televangelist to name a few. Nobody is safe from this c In the always wacky state of Florida, RJ Decker is a private investigator trying to make ends meet and his latest assignment fetches a high price.
One thing I will always love about Mr. There are plenty of aspects to choose from when it comes to liking a Hiaasen book: When it comes to colorful characters, there are none more colorful than Clinton Tyree a. This former governor of Florida wanted to run his state the honest way, which meant refusing money from special interest groups and never selling out his democratic beliefs.
And then he was forced out of office by his corrupt opponents and went delightfully insane.
Now a drifting eco-terrorist, he runs around in a shower cap and rain suit looking for creative ways to dismantle his opponents. Tile takes a lot of racially-charged abuse from the people he pulls over on the highway, yet he maintains his cool and serious demeanor through it all.
To be honest, we need more cops like Jim Tile and less murderers like Darren Wilson. If black readers ever need a hero to look up to, they can always rely on Jim Tile to be their role model. Thank you, Carl Hiaasen, for bringing me another fantastic crime novel and thank you for being a constant influence on my own writing.