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JoLayne Lucks lives in a town infamous for its suspicious miracles, but she's still elated when her lottery numbers finally pay off big-$28 million, to be exact. And she has great plans for her fortune: to save a rare piece of Florida paradise from the bulldozers. Only one problem: There's another winning Lotto ticket, and the people who've got it just never learned how to share. When the two militia wannabes swipe JoLayne's ticket, she enlists an off-the-rails newspaperman to help her track down the trigger-happy creeps and their bewildered hostage, a Hooters waitress. Getting rich quick is never easy...
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About the Author
Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of nineteen novels, including Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, Stormy Weather, Basket Case, and, for young readers, Flush and Hoot. He also writes a regular column for The Miami Herald.
Place of Birth:South Florida
Education:Emory University; B.A., University of Florida, 1974
Read an Excerpt
The following excerpt is from Chapter 1.
On the afternoon of November 25, a woman named JoLayne Lucks drove to the Grab N'Go minimart in Grange, Florida, and purchased spearmint Certs, unwaxed dental floss and one ticket for the state Lotto.
JoLayne Lucks played the same numbers she'd played every Saturday for five years: 17-19-22-24-27-30.
The significance of her Lotto numbers was this: each represented an age at which she had jettisoned a burdensome man. At 17 it was Rick the Pontiac mechanic. At 19 it was Rick's brother, Robert. At 22 it was a stockbroker named Colavito, twice JoLayne's age, who'd delivered on none of his promises. At 24 it was a policeman, another Robert, who got in trouble for fixing traffic tickets in exchange for sex. At 27 it was Neal the chiropractor, a well-meaning but unbearable codependent.
And at 30 JoLayne dumped Lawrence, a lawyer, her one and only husband. Lawrence had been notified of his disbarment exactly one week after he and JoLayne were married, but she stuck with him for almost a year. JoLayne was fond of Lawrence and wanted to believe his earnest denials regarding the multiple fraud convictions that precipitated his trouble with the Florida Bar. While appealing his case, Lawrence took a job as a toll taker on the Beeline Expressway, a plucky career realignment that nearly won JoLayne's heart. Then one night he was caught making off with a thirty-pound sack of loose change, mostly quarters and dimes. Before he could post bail, JoLayne packed up most of his belongings, including his expensive Hermes neckties, and gave them to the Salvation Army. Then she filed for divorce.
Five years later she wasstill single and unattached when, to her vast amusement, she won the Florida Lotto. She happened to be sitting with a plate of turkey leftovers in front of the television at 11 p.m., when the winning numbers were announced.
JoLayne Lucks didn't faint, shriek or dance wildly around the house. She smiled, though, thinking of the six discarded men from her past life; thinking how, in spite of themselves, they'd finally amounted to something. Twenty-eight million dollars, to be precise.
One hour earlier and almost three hundred miles away, a candy-red Dodge Ram pulled into a convenience store in Florida City. Two men got out of the truck: Bodean Gazzer, known locally as Bode, and his companion Chub, who claimed to have no last name. Although they parked in a handicapped-only zone, neither man was physically disabled in any way.
Bode Gazzer was five feet six and had never forgiven his parents for it. He wore three-inch snakeskin shitkickers and walked with a swagger that suggested not brawn so much as hemorrhoidal tribulation. Chub was a beer-gutted six two, moist-eyed, ponytailed and unshaven. He carried a loaded gun at all times and was Bode Gazzer's best and only friend.
They had known each other two months. Bode Gazzer had gone to Chub to buy a counterfeit handicapped sticker that would get him the choicest parking spot at Probation & Parole, or any of the other state offices where his attendance was occasionally required.
Like its mangy tenant, Chub's house trailer emitted a damp fungal reek. Chub had just printed a new batch of the fake emblems, which he laconically fanned like a poker deck on the kitchen counter. The workmanship (in sharp contrast to the surroundings) was impeccablethe universal wheelchair symbol set crisply against a navy-blue background. No traffic cop in the world would question it.
Chub had asked Bode Gazzer what type he wanteda bumper insignia, a tag for the rearview or a dashboard placard. Bode said a simple window tag would be fine.
"Two hunnert bucks," said Chub, scratching his scalp with a salad fork.
"I'm a little short on cash. You like lobster?"
So they'd worked out a tradethe bogus disabled-parking permit in exchange for ten pounds of fresh Florida lobster, which Bode Gazzer had stolen from a trapline off Key Largo. It was inevitable that the poacher and the counterfeiter would bond, sharing as they did a blanket contempt for government, taxes, homosexuals, immigrants, minorities, gun laws, assertive women and honest work.
Chub never thought of himself as having a political agenda until he met Bode Gazzer, who helped organize Chub's multitude of hatreds into a single venomous philosophy. Chub believed Bode Gazzer was the smartest person he'd ever met, and was flattered when his new pal suggested they form a militia.
"You mean like what blowed up that courthouse in Nebraska?"
"Oklahoma," Bode Gazzer said sharply, "and that was the government did it, to frame those two white boys. No, I'm talking 'bout a militia. Armed, disciplined and well-regulated. Like it says in the Second Amendment."
Chub scratched a chigger bite on his neck. "Reg'lated by who, if I might ast?"
"By you, me, Smith and Wesson."
"And that's allowed?"
"Says right in the motherfuckin' Constitution."
"OK then," said Chub.
Bode Gazzer had gone on to explain how the United States of America was about to be taken over by a New World Tribunal, armed by foreign-speaking NATO troops who were massing across the Mexican border and also at secret locations in the Bahamas.
Chub glanced warily toward the horizon. "The Bahamas?" He and Bode were in Bode's cousin's nineteen-foot outboard, robbing traps off Rodriguez Key.
Bode Gazzer said: "There's seven hundred islands in the Bahamas, my friend, and most are uninhabited."
Chub got the message. "Jesus Willy Christ," he said, and began pulling the lobster pots with heightened urgency.
To run a proper militia would be expensive, and neither Chub nor Bode Gazzer had any money; Bode's net worth was tied up in the new Dodge truck, Chub's in his illegal printshop and arsenal. So they began playing the state lottery, which Bode asserted was the only decent generous thing the government of Florida had ever done for its people.
Every Saturday night, wherever they happened to be, the two men would pull into the nearest convenience store, park brazenly in the blue handicapped zone, march inside and purchase five Lotto tickets. They played no special numbers; often they were drinking, so it was easier to use the Quick Pick, letting the computer do the brainwork.
On the night of November 25, Bode Gazzer and Chub bought their five lottery tickets and three six-packs of beer at the Florida City 7-Eleven. They were nowhere near a television an hour later, when the winning numbers were announced.
Instead they were parked along a dirt road on a tree farm, a few miles from the Turkey Point nuclear reactor. Bode Gazzer was sitting on the hood of the Dodge pickup, aiming one of Chub's Ruger assault rifles at a U.S. government mailbox they'd stolen from a street corner in Homestead. An act of revolutionary protest, Bode had said, like the Boston Tea Party.
The mailbox was centered in the headlight beams of the truck. Bode and Chub took turns with the Ruger until they were out of ammo and Budweisers. Then they sorted through the mail, hoping for loose cash or personal checks, but all they found was junk. Afterwards they fell asleep in the flatbed. Shortly after dawn they were rousted by two large Hispanics, undoubtedly the foremen of the tree farm, who swiped the Ruger and chased them off the property.
It was some time later, after returning to Chub's trailer, that they learned of their extraordinary good fortune. Bode Gazzer was on the toilet, Chub was stretched on the convertible sofa in front of the TV. A pretty blond newscaster gave out the previous night's winning Lotto numbers, which Chub scribbled on the back of his latest eviction notice.
Moments later, when Bode heard the shouting, he came lurching from the bathroom with his jeans and boxer shorts bunched at his knees. Chub was waving the ticket, hopping and whooping like he was on fire.
Bodean Gazzer said: "You're shittin' me."
"We won it, man! We won!"
Bode lunged for the ticket, but Chub held it out of reach.
"Give it here!" Bode demanded, swiping at air, his genitals flopping ludicrously.
Chub laughed. "Pull up your pants, for Christ's sake." He handed the ticket to Bode, who recited the numbers out loud.
"You're sure?" he kept asking.
"I wrote 'em down, Bode. Yeah, I'm sure."
"My God. My God. Twenty-eight million dollars."
"But here's what else: They's two winning tickets is what the news said."
Bode Gazzer's eyes puckered into a hard squint. "The hell you say!"
"Two tickets won. Which is still, what, fourteen million 'tween us. You believe it?"
Bode's tongue, lumpy and blotched as a toad, probed at the corners of his mouth. He looked to be working up a spit. "Who's got the other one? The other goddamn ticket."
"TV didn't say."
"How can we find out?"
Chub said, "Christ, who gives a shit. Long as we get fourteen million, I don't care if Jesse Fucking Jackson's got the other ticket."
Now Bode Gazzer's stubbled cheeks began to twitch. He fingered the Lotto coupon and said: "There must be a way to find out. Don't you think? Find out who's this shitweasel with the other ticket. There's gotta be a way."
"Why?" Chub asked, but it was awhile before he got an answer.
Sunday morning, Tom Krome refused to go to church. The woman who'd slept with him the night beforeKatie was her name; strawberry blond, freckles on her shoulderssaid they should go and seek forgiveness for what they had done.
"Which part?" asked Tom Krome.
"You know darn well."
Krome covered his face with a pillow. Katie kept talking, putting on her panty hose.
She said, "I'm sorry, Tommy, it's the way I'm made. It's time you should know."
"You think it's wrong?"
He peeped out from beneath the pillow. "You think we did something wrong?"
"No. But God might not agree."
"So it's precautionary, this church visit."
Now Katie was at the mirror, fixing her hair in a bun. "Are you coming or not? How do I look?"
"Chaste," said Tom Krome.
The phone rang.
"Chased? No, sweetheart, that was last night. Get the telephone, please."
Katie put on her high heels, balancing storklike on elegant slender legs. "You honestly won't go? To church, Tom, I can't believe it."
"Yeah, I'm one heathen bastard." Krome picked up the phone.
She waited, arms folded, at the bedroom door.
Krome covered the receiver and said, "Sinclair."
"On a Sunday morning?"
"I'm afraid so." Krome tried to sound disappointed but he was thinking: There isa God.
From the Audio edition.
On Saturday, December 6th, barnesandnoble.com welcomed Carl Hiaasen to discuss LUCKY YOU.
Moderator: Welcome, Mr. Hiaasen! Thanks for joining us -- how are you tonight?
Carl Hiaasen: I'm just fine, Mr. Moderator!
Robert from New Orleans, LA: Any chance of syndicating your column? I tell you, I would love to read you in the Times-Picayune.
Carl Hiaasen: Starting in January, the column will be syndicated by the Chicago Tribune Knight Ridder Services, though I'm not sure about New Orleans; with luck it will be there soon, too!
Paul from Morris Plains, NJ: Any chance of bringing LUCKY YOU to the big screen? Any Hollywood deals in motion?
Carl Hiaasen: Actually, the book was purchased on the basis of five chapters, so it's been bought, and they're working on a screenplay. This was not by choice, but the chapters leaked out to Holywood so we had to do it that way, the producer Jaffe is working with it -- so, we'll see....
Nancy Newberry from West Hartford: Mr. Hiaasen, my husband and I love your work! Did you ever take fiction-writing classes, or is this talent organic? Where do you get your sense of humor?
Carl Hiaasen: I did take fiction-writing classes in high school and college, but I was writing short stories, neighborhood journals, since I was six or so -- I took the classes out of that love. I knew from that early age that I would make my living by writing, but I never knew how successful I'd be -- though some might say I've never surpassed that six-year-old age level.
A.W from Hinsdale, IL: Of all your characters, which is your favorite?
Carl Hiaasen: Well, I guess I probably have the most affection for Skink, the semi-deranged ex-governor of Florida. I guess I like him so much because he's subversive and unpredictable -- I wish I could get away with what he does in real life. I'm sure he'll resurface in some way in future books.
Heather from Boston: Hello, Carl...I am a big fan of your books!!!! What would you consider to be your major inspirations in your writing? Do you write a lot from stuff that really happened to you?
Carl Hiaasen: A lot of the stuff in the books is inspired by real events -- often taken from the headlines in Florida; to a lesser extent some of the things have happened to me, but none of the extreme stuff. I wish I could say I've a weed-wacker attached to my arm as a prothesis, but that's not the case.
Mark from Nutley, NJ: What can we expect next from Carl Hiaasen in terms of next novels?
Carl Hiaasen: I have no earthly idea. I haven't started a new one yet, and I've another writing project to work on. I just got off a long book tour, so I haven't gotten all my energy back.
Gary from Roswell, MA: What is it about Florida that attracts such crazy people -- the likes of Bode and Chub and JoLayne?
Carl Hiaasen: I think Florida has always attracted all kind of characters; centuries ago it attracted adventurers and navigators -- it's always been one of those places. It's tropical and warm and beautiful, so people come here with dreams -- good and bad. We've had our share of hoodlums, it's just that today they wear suits and carry briefcases!
Todd K. from East Side: Does your career in journalism have an effect on your fiction writing? Do the two styles ever conflict?
Carl Hiaasen: Well, what the journalism gives you is the discipline to sit down and write when you don't really want to...you learn how to edit, to listen to the way people speak -- which gives you a broad range of dialogue in fiction. Newspaper work clearly feeds the fiction in terms of the discipline and the work involved.
Randall from Waco, TX: Who are some of your favorite writers out there today? Just one or two would be sufficient....
Carl Hiaasen: I'm very fond of Tom Wolfe, and I'm also a fan of Martin Amis, and many others...
Francine from Ann Arbor: How carefully do you plan your novels before you write them? Are you ever surprised by the way they turn out? Thanks!
Carl Hiaasen: The answer, which will shock and appall English teachers everywhere, is that I don't plan them. I start with a cast of characters and let them do their thing -- I want to be surprised, that to me is part of the fun of it.
Neil from Studio City, CA: Mr. Hiaasen, my son and I are big fans of your writing. I was wondering if you could tell me how you got your start in writing? How old were you when you got your first book published?
Carl Hiaasen: When I was in college I worked on two novels as a ghostwriter with a friend of mine -- so that's when I was published, though my name wasn't on them. That was my first experience -- and I guess I was in my early twenties; in my late twenties I wrote a book with a reporter friend of mine, which my name did appear in. Then I did write my own books, which was exciting, but then you have no excuses when you're not collaborating -- if it goes down in flames it's your fault.
Karry Baker from San Antonio: Hey, Mr. Hiaasen, I just wanted to tell you how great I think your writing is! I just started LUCKY YOU. Tell us -- what are your plans for the holidays?
Carl Hiaasen: Thanks for the very nice words! My plans for the holidays are to get out on the water as often as I can and reinvigorate myself after the tour!
Randi from Allentown, PA: Hello, Carl, what would you say are a few of the funniest movies ever made?
Carl Hiaasen: Some of my favorites were "Animal House" and "Raising Arizona," and I was vastly entertained by "Fargo" and everything Monty Python ever did -- that's a couple off the top of my head.
Lance from Cleveland, OH: Do you prefer writing novels or writing your column?
Carl Hiaasen: I prefer doing both. What I mean is not having to make a choice -- there are some days when I don't feel like working on either; right now I could pick the novels. From a writer's point of view, it's a much greater challenge to write a novel and a good novel. Though I'd also say it'd probably be more important to do the journalism.
Sharon Lake from Larchmont, NY: If you had to categorize your writing among your contemporaries, who would you compare yourself to?
Carl Hiaasen: That's a tricky one...I'd love to be compared with Wolf, or Joseph Heller, or John Irving, at least in my dreams. This is not false modesty, but the writers I like the most I think are better than I am, and I would not compare myself to them.
Greta from Oak Park, IL: Good evening, Carl Hiaasen; do you play the lotto?
Carl Hiaasen: And what do you mean by that, Greta? The answer is no -- I wait till there's a couple million in the jackpot and then I'll spring a buck or two for tickets.
Allison from New York: Who is Laureen, and why did you dedicate LUCKY YOU to her?
Carl Hiaasen: Laureen is my girlfriend.
Maghan Grant from Amherst, MA: Of all the entertainers out there today, whom do you find really funny? I figure you're an expert opinion...any favorite TV shows?
Carl Hiaasen: I watch "Seinfeld" and "Frasier" and Letterman, but beyond that I don't watch much TV, except for the news -- because that's what I do for a living, I'm a news addict. I don't watch many dramas.
Howard from New York, NY: Mr. Hiaasen, were you happy with the screen version of STRIP TEASE?
Carl Hiaasen: I wasn't as unhappy with it as some of the critics were and as some of my readers were; I went into the thing with rather modest expectations and with the knowledge that my books are very hard to transfer to film for many reasons, so I knew the project would be different from the book. I did find much of it funny. I wasn't thrilled with the ending, but very few authors are ecstatic about what happens with their books when they're sold to Hollywood.
Buddy S. from Dade County, FL: Are you a fan of Edna Buchanan's writing?
Carl Hiaasen: Sure, I'm not only a fan, I'm a colleague -- she used to work at the Herald -- and a friend. She might have been the best police reporter we've ever had, and she'd be a colorful character in anyone's novel.
Chris from The Beach House: Do you see yourself in any of your characters? Perhaps Tom Krome, the journalist?
Carl Hiaasen: An author can't honestly divorce himself from any of his characters because they all spring from his imagination. Some are more my voice than others, and I think Tom Krome is probably that character in LUCKY YOU. He goes on a long riff about the sorry state of journalism in this country -- which I've probably said more than once myself.
Liz Smith from Los Angeles: Getting back to the earlier question about journalism and fiction... I guess I always assumed your "real" ambition was to be an investigative journalist (Bob Woodward) because what I like about your fiction is the juxtaposition of serious issues with human zaniness; I mean there is a mystery but there is also an issue...
Carl Hiaasen: I was an investigative reporter before I started writing the column -- I had a great deal of energy for it and I thought it was terribly important work. In a novel, if you are introducing opinions...a column is a better forum. Investigative reporting, while it's very exciting, should and must always be sanitized of any opinion on the part of the journalist.
Sascha from Pasadena: You've already written so many books! How long does it usually take you?
Carl Hiaasen: It takes anywhere from 14 to 18 months to do a novel from start to finish. And then, it takes another 5 to 9 months before the book is published, depending on what the publisher wants to do.
S.D. Woolever from email@example.com: Are you a 90-day wonder who worked ten years (or whatever) to become successful? Can you tell a lot of difference between today's publishing world and publishing when you started?
Carl Hiaasen: I think it's harder today for first-time writers because the industry is trunked, there are fewer and fewer midlist books being purchased, there are larger advances being paid to comedians and celebrities to write books, and that means less money for first-time novelists trying to catch a break. I don't think in 1980 there was a publisher foolhardy enough to pay O. J. Simpson's girlfriend $2 milion plus for a worthless book that nobody bought.
Allison from New York: What inspired you to write novels initially -- was it your way to make a point about the environment and overdevelopment of Florida? Or were these very funny stories just coming alive in your head, and you wanted to share them with the world? Or just to make a living? Etc.
Carl Hiaasen: All of the above. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to write books. I don't think it's possible to write a good novel that doesn't include the currents and emotions that are going through the writer. I think it's natural, even though I write funny novels, to weave in the issues that are important to me and to use the humor and satire against what I consider to be sins against nature.
Moderator: Thanks, Mr. Hiaasen, goodnight and happy holidays!
Carl Hiaasen: Goodnight, and thanks to everybody for all the good questions!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the book however it had many slow sections for me. I feel it had too many other characters with information concerning them that I really didn't care about. Extra fluff that I just wanted to skip over and get back to the real plot.
Carl Hiaasen writes about screwball characters and unbelievable situations. His humor makes you laugh out loud as you read. I love to read one of his books (this was the third title by him for me) when I need a break from more serious tomes. However, there certainly is an undercurrent of keen observation and commentary about human nature and morality in his stories. I do love it that the bad guys get what's coming to them and the good guys get their due.
Loved this book! Complete opposite of these deeply developed novels that you need to take notes to follow. Don't get me wrong, Mr. Hiasson has a great plot, albeit a little corny, but it's ENTERTAINING! If you want to escape from the seriousness of everyday life and laugh, then this book is a must read! Great characters, hysterical plot, fast, funny read.
Grange, Florida is a small, out-of-the-way community known for its religious miracles, from the weeping Madonna to the stigmata man with holes in his palms that do not heal. Not to mention the road stain in the form of Jesus and the woman who visits every day in her wedding dress. And now, one of their own, JoLayne Lucks, has won one-half of the state¿s lottery of $28 million. JoLayne works part-time as a veterinarian¿s assistant and plans to use her lottery winnings to buy and maintain wooded acreage in danger of being developed into a shopping mall. The other half of the lottery winnings belong to Bode Grazzer, a short man convinced NATO forces are lining up in the Bahamas ready to invade America, and his sidekick Chub, a paint-sniffing wannabe mercenary. Chub and Bode, needing money to begin their own supremacist organization so they can defend the white man when America is invaded, decide to steal the other lottery ticket. They break into JoLayne¿s home, beat her up and take off with the ticket. On the way to the lottery office, they recruit a convenience store clerk known for his lack of cognitive abilities and take hostage a Hooters waitress Chub has fallen in love with. To JoLayne¿s aid comes Tom Krome, an embittered former investigative reporter now working for a small newspaper covering social events. Tom¿s editor sends him to Grange to write a story about the lottery winner, but before he even pulls out his notepad, Tom finds himself in cahoots with JoLayne and hot on the trail of Bode and Chub. All six end up on a small island in Florida Bay, where a confrontation develops over the two lottery tickets and where two will remain behind forever. Carl Hiaasen is a master at developing wacky characters and zany plots and dialogue that will leave the reader in stitches throughout the entire book. This is a book all readers will enjoy as they follow the madcap antics of these screwball characters.
Another riot of a book this time it's about a winning lottery ticket. Actually two winning lottery tickets. JoLayne Lucks uses the numbers that corespond to the age she dumped a tiresome lover, every week, this time they're lucky for her. She's the winner of 14million, half of the 28 million jackpot. Problem is that shes known because she lives in a small community and the racist idiots who won the other half want the rest.Tom is the reporter assigned to do a puff piece on her, just before he leaves his lover's husband has his house shot up, so there's really nothing for him to go back to.A fun romp and better, for me at least, than Stormy weather, but quite similar in feel. Hiaasen has no patience with fools and it shows.
The usually fun ride from Hiaasen! Read and enjoy.
This was a fun book! The characters are all original and well thought out. I will definitely read more if his books!
My mother lent me this book (which led to it living on my "to read" bookshelf for almost a year), but I was shocked to enjoy it! The whole book abounds with humor, humanity, and a certain amount of suspense. Worthwhile pool read.
Lucky You is a comic-crime story about a veterinarian assistant named JoLayne Lucks who one day stumbles upon fortune by winning the Florida state lottery, a prize of 28 million dollars. In another part of Florida, two redneck morons, Chub and Bode, stumble upon this same fortune and once they realize that the 28 million would have to be split between the two winning tickets, the rednecks steal JoLayne's ticket by force with the intention of cashing both to get the 28 million together. JoLayne enlists the help of a newspaper reporter, Tom Krome, to get hunt down the rednecks and get her ticket back. I am a big Carl Hiaasen fan. I have not read all of his novels, but this is the fifth one I've read, and the first one that I couldn't bring myself to finsih. Lucky You goes at a much slower pace than his other novels do, with characters that are not as well developed. Normally his bad guys, or most interesting characters, have some kind of psychological issue which makes them fiendishly lovable. In Tourist Season, the four men of the guerrilla faction were each psychotic in their own way, taking orders from a raging sociopath reporter, in Skinny Dip, Chaz descended into deeper and deeper psychosis as the story went on, in Skin Tight, Chemo and Mick Stranahan were equally psychotic, just on different realms of the good-guy/bad-guy spectrum, and the doctor was delightfully sleazy and greedy, and in Nature Girl, Honey Santana was an excitable manic-depressive who went to extreme lengths to exact revenge on those who had done her wrong. These psychologically unstable characters are enjoyable because, although they are psychotic, they are smart and clever. Chub and Bode, the bad guys of this story, are not so smart, nor are they clever. They're just a couple of desperate, racist redneck morons who stumble upon fortune. This makes the story predictable, as JoLayne and Tom are the clever team, vs. the dumb redneck team. It's cat and mouse. The segments of the story with JoLayne, Tom and the White Clarion Aryans are the most gripping segments of the story though. Much of it is filled with side stories about other characters that really don't matter much to the overall chase, and the side stories move very slowly. The quirky antics of the other characters really does not matter much in comparison to the main chase of the novel. Unfortunately, it often feels that there is too much fluff in the novel and it weighs on the pace of the novel. Overall, not worth a second read.
This was my first book by this author and I will read more. This book was cute, it wasn't 'jump-up-and-down' fantastic but it was interesting. I found it easy to put down but on the other hand I couldn't wait to see what happened next. --K--