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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2002

    'Health Care' is an oxymoron.

    Like many Nelson DeMille novels, Carl Hiaasen writes his 'Basket Case' from the first person viewpoint. And like many of DeMille's protagonists, obit writer Jack Tagger tells us the story with a smart-assed dialogue. Dead is James Bradley Stomarti, also know as, Jimmy Stoma. You know. The Jimmy Stoma, lead singer in his band, Jimmy and the Slut Puppies. The Slut Puppies were famous for the hit single 'Basket Case' from the 'Floating Hospice' album. That Jimmy Stoma. Anyway, to bring you up to date, he died. It seems that Jimmy was a regular rocker too. Like many of his peers he was into alcohol, drugs, and had a rap sheet longer than his Fender guitar. He'd been arrested on a regular basis for such things as; indecent exposure, (he was caught wearing a rubber Pat Robinson mask and a day-glow condom), he crashed his SeaDoo in to the SS Norway, gets popped for whizzing on Englebert Humperdink's limo, got busted for stealing a bundt cake, you name it. All in all, this makes for a very interesting and 'obit worthy' character. According to Jack Tagger, anyway. Jimmy's death may not have been an accident, and so the mystery begins. Jack, the obit writer, has his suspicions. While Jack's editor, Emma, has the 'hots' for Jack. This is where the sexual tension weaves its way into the storyline. I mention Emma because Carl Hiaasen is a master of great dialogue and great characterization. Taggar describes Emma: 'Emma has the bearing of an exotic falcon.' Those eight words told me everything that I needed to know about Emma. This one is five stars and highly recommended. I know you will enjoy 'Basket Case' as much as I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Great read! Hiaasen is absolutely outstandimg!

    Hiaasen weaves a complex yarn and mystery with the sprinkling of a multitude of diverse low-life South Floridian skirt/dope/land/buck chasers -- all resulting in a mix of horrific and humorous results for the reader looking for "the real hero" of the story. Read all his works!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

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    This is Light Herd territory! -Sun

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    Another winner

    I love, love, love Carl Hiaasen's writing style. Witty, full of plot twists, always a page turner. Well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2003

    The Poetry of Obituaries

    Great fun; tight plot; quirky characters--the only drawback is now I'm reading the obituaries every day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2003

    SO Good!

    I love Carl Hiassen books and this one was one of my favorites. Great mystery that made me laugh out loud. He always has some great characters!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2002

    Classic Hiassen

    Another great Carl Hiaasen read. It has a little something of everything I enjoy¿especially rock stars. It¿s funny and enjoyable and, as always, Hiaasen¿s characters are well thought out and true-to-life (well, except for the really over-the-top ones, but you find them in real life, too). You¿ll follow along with Jack Tagger (an obituary writer) as he investigates the events leading up to the death of a once prominent rock star. The neat thing about this book is Hiaasen¿s usage of actual lyrics written by Warren Zevon for the song ¿Basket Case¿ (which made Jimmy Stoma, our dead rock star a, well ROCK STAR). Enjoyable and funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2002

    ANOTHER HIGH FIVE FOR HIAASEN

    Another high five to Hiaasen for his ninth and latest Florida based thriller, 'Basket Case.' Popular novelist and columnist for the Miami Herald, this prolific author has been garnering fans since his debut novel, 'Tourist Season' (1986) through Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, etc. He lives up to his file of praise press with this hilarious and highly entertaining take on a down-on-his-luck investigative reporter. Forty-six-year-old Jack Tagger has been reduced to penning obits for a South Florida paper under the watchful eyes of his editor 'the impossible Emma.' Ever hopeful, Jack is wishing for a hot story to revive his standstill career. It may be his lucky day when he notes the death of James Bradley Stomarti. Bells don't ring but cogs slip into place, when after a few clicks of his computer, he discovers that the recently departed is known to many as Jimmy Stoma, lead singer for Jimmy and the Slut Puppies. Seems that Jimmy went to his reward via a diving accident. Jack doesn't think so. He's off to discover the truth. Truth is a hard to come by commodity without the blessings of his editor, to say nothing of the blocks put up by Jimmy's non-grieving widow and the greedy, aggrieved owner of the newspaper whom Jack once had the poor judgment to insult in public. As always, Hiiasen takes readers on a merry chase and full throttle ride to a fantastic finish.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    wild whimsical winner

    Though he knew better than to harangue the owner of the Union-Register, investigative reporter Jack Tagger still ripped him in front of shareholders. Thus, the forty-six year old journalist now works the obituary column. When Jack learns that James Bradley Stomarti died in a drowning accident in the Bahamas, he thinks he has a story worth more than the twelve inches his editor Emma wants to give to the deceased rabbi. Stomarti was better known as punk rocker Jimmy Stoma, lead singer of the once popular Slut Puppies. Emma never heard of the has-been or his group, but reluctantly allows Jack to investigate the death just in case. <P>Jack calls James¿ sister who sends him to the spouse of the deceased, Cleo Rio. Her tale is inconsistent viz a viz the sibling¿s story leading Jack to question whether a murder occurred. As he digs deeper, attempts are made on Jack¿s life, but if he is to escape the ¿mortuary¿ he knows he must risk becoming an obit entry by continuing his inquiries. <P>Though not quite as crazy as some of his previous Florida mysteries BASKET CASE is a satirical tale that pokes fun at the newspaper industry through Jack¿s first person account. Jack sees life as whimsical, which enables him to torture the serious Emma even if he believes she will either sleep with him, fire his butt, or both. The investigation is humorous, crazy, but engaging as Carl Hiaasen sans Skink furnishes his fans with a wild whimsical winner. <P>Harriet Klausner

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