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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Jan. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044661193X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446611930
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #356,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charleen Bunjiovianna on June 28 2003
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There have been some slow patches in the Hiaasen oeuvre (_Lucky You_ comes to mind), but Carl Hiaasen is fit as a fiddle in this outing.
Jack Tagger is a death-obsessed obituary writer at a South Florida newspaper taken over by one of today's huge media conglomerates. Like most of Hiaasen's protagonists, he's doing penance for exhibiting a spot of integrity and still mooning over his ex-girlfriend, who is about to marry a daffy poet.
A name on a death notice catches his eye and he realizes the deceased is aka Jimmy Stoma of Jimmy and the Slut Puppies, who were famous for about 15 minutes and three albums back in the day. His editor doesn't want him to pursue the story but it's too good to resist, so he grabs an interview with the grieving widow, and once again Hiaasen is off to the races.
A darned-near perfect read. I loved the characters, especially Ike, the octogenarian fisherman. I finished the book in a day and started again at the beginning. May you find as much pleasure in it as I did.
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By Jason Webster on Jan. 23 2002
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I agree with the earlier reviewer, this is not Hiaasen's best book. The Characters just do not jump off the page like in his other books. I did give it 3 stars as I did finish it but never felt there was a pay off.
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By A Customer on July 18 2004
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I've only read one other writer/book that took me by storm the way Hiassen did: McCrae with his "Bark of the Dogwood." But even he can't compare to Hiassen. "Basket Case" is not as boisterous as many of Haissen's previous books, but it has its hilarious moments. Many of the previous books expose over-development of the Florida landscape. Basket Case has serious points to make too - about the current state of the newspaper wing of the 4th Estate. Haissen, a longtime newspaperman himself, knows wherefrom he speaks. There is only one Carl Hiaasen. Sure there are a few pretenders out there but he is the master of the Florida landscape and it's peculiar brand of weirdoes, corrupt officials and sunseekers. Also recommed: Sick puppy and Lucky you.
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By R. Portier on July 3 2004
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Since reading Stormy Weather on a trip, I've been working my way through all of Carl Hiaasen's books. In the case of Basket Case, I was reading the book during a domestic flight. I noticed neither the take-off nor landing, and failed to be airsick for the first time in my life, I was so engrossed. I even managed to drop the book one time because I was laughing so hard. Despite a blatant misure of a reptilian, this is a fantastic book.
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This book is a first for me by this author which I came upon by chance. I had been looking for a suspenseful yet rollicking ride of a read for the past couple of years. This book satisfied the criteria of hilarious mystery escapism. Even though a lot of the premises were pretty far-fetched, I thought it was also balanced by some insightful character portraits. I especially liked the way Jack's stepfather was depicted as shamefully flawed in some ways yet still lovable. This author is highly recommended for those times when you really need to chuckle. A lot.
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Basket case takes a story of a Journalist worried about his own mortality and his run in with the world of Rock-n-Roll. A down and out reporter, Jack Tagger, lets us have inside look at the workings of a reporters mind. Jack works at his local paper who is run by a man who moves the company headquarters to San Diego so his sports car will not rust. And his goal is for the paper to make a 25 percent annual profit margin, at the expense of good news reporting.
Unlike Mr. Hiaasen's other books that I have read, "Basket Case" is written in the first person. And stays with our hero, Jack. It reminds me of the old style detective novels. The book does have violence, with the Hiaasen touch. I especially thought the sever bludgeoning with a frozen monitor lizard was original. So we follow Jack Tagger, down-on-his luck obituary writer for South Florida's Union-Register, as he investigates the mysterious death of a onetime rock star named Jimmy Stoma.
If you are looking for a good read give this one a try.
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By Karen Bryson on Jan. 30 2004
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This is the second Carl Hiaasen book I've read and it certainly didn't disappoint! Basket Case is full of zany characters who get themselves into interesting and sometimes outrageous situations.
The book features an obituary writer, Jack Tagger, who is obsessed with death. When a rock icon, Jimmy Stoma (of Jimmy and the Slut Puppies) dies under mysterious circumstances, Tagger sets out to solve the mystery.
The thing that I find most entertaining about Hiaasen's books is his ability to capture the oddities of Florida in such a funny way. This is one you don't want to miss!
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I'm a big Carl Hiaasen fan, but to be honest, this was not as enjoyable as say Sick Puppy or Stormy Weather. The humor is sporadic, and the characters fail to take on a life of their own. If anyone has read any of his books with Skink in them, you will understand what I mean by that.
The main character, Jack Tagger is a reporter who has been demoted to the obit section of the paper and becomes a walking almanac of who died at what age. It's a running gag that is funny, but again, it's not enough compared to his other works. The plot is boring, a rock musician (Jimmy Stoma) dies in the Bahamas, and during the course of writing the obit, Jack has a lot of questions surface. He investigates and speculates Jimmy was murdered.
Sadly, this just is not a very good effort from an author I thoroughly enjoy. Hopefully he'll get back on track. Bringing back Skink always seems to work.
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