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A Miami Herald reporter who struck a blow against corrupt entrepreneurs in Tourist Season, Hiaasen follows through with this acid satire, a real double whammy. Private detective R. J. Decker is hired to prove that TV host Dickie Lockhart cheats to win fortunes in Florida bass-fishing tournaments. The investigation makes Decker a prey to hired killers who have murdered other "snoops," but the detective also finds a strong if weird ally in a hermit who calls himself Skink. Along with two honest cops, Skink goes with Decker to the lake where a big tournament is under way and the four make a tremendous splash, to the dismay of the assembly. Hardest hit is Reverend Weeb, Lockhart's sponsor on the Outdoor Christian Network, whose generous supporters don't know that he's addicted to prostitutes, profanity and land-grabbing. The cast of bizarre characters and the suspenseful events confirm Hiaasen's reputation for creating singular villains and heroes. While he's probably unpopular among some fellow citizens in his home state, he will certainly please readers who appreciate the Swiftian wit in his cautionary tales.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The "double whammy" is a special lure used in the competitive bass fishing underlying the plot of this thriller by Miami journalist Hiaasen ( The Tourist Season ). Someone is cheating at bass fishing competitions, and people are getting killed. Enter R.J. Decker, former photojournalist and ex-con. Decker teams up with Skink, an unbelievable character who lives in a forest shack, eats road-killed animals, and reads Dostoyevsky (and turns out to be the ex-governor of Florida). Decker's an unlikely hero, always a step behind. Other characters include the usual corrupt TV evangelists, rednecks, smart black policemen, and betrayingly beautiful women. The action is swift, and there are some very funny scenes. Louise A. Merriam, L.E. Phillips Memorial P.L., Eau Claire, Wis.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you liked SICK PUPPY and SKINNY DIP, you'll love this one. As with all of Hiassen's works, odd characters are the norm. The plots are also waaaay out there. Read morePublished on July 18 2004
In this novel, Hiaasen explores the world of Bass Fishing and how cheating in tournaments results in the death of a popular star. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by Amy A Adams
Bring on Skink
Skink quickly becomes a character destined for many reappearances in Hiaasen's novels. Read more
I picked up this book on a whim while looking for another book and I'm glad I did it. Once I started reading I didn't put it down until I had finished it the next day. Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2002 by "lothar104"
Hiaasen has a hit with this book. It's very well written and keeps you entertained throughout. The setting is the back waters of Florida, the characters pro fishermen. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2002 by Traveling Irishman
This book may have just caught me right as really wasn't expecting much out of a book about Bass fishing. But it is a pretty good mystery with lots of laughs along the way. Read morePublished on July 15 2002 by Tom Arnold
Carl Hiaasen is a man who seems to hate so many things: corrupt politicians, polluters, cheats, racists, and hypocrites. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2001 by lazza
You grow up in redneck country, and you meet guys like the residents in Harney County and the bass fishing pros. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2001 by Joe Grundig