Book Reviews of Double Whammy

Double Whammy
Double Whammy
Author: Carl Hiaasen
ISBN-13: 9780330309875
ISBN-10: 0330309870
Publication Date: 5/7/1999
Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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4.5 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
I was stuck in an airport with this book and a laptop. When the laptop battery ran out and I didn't have the power cord with me, I turned to this book. I didn't put it down until it was finished!!!! I even read parts to others who were waiting out the weather just like me. This only goes to prove that the written word will always win out over the computer. When we finally were able to leave, we drew names to decide who got it next. I hope they passed it on as well. If you want to laugh and possibly recognize a few of your more strange acquaintances, get yourself a copy of Double Whammy.
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Helpful Score: 2
Living in Florida, working at a theme park, Carl's work hits home for me. I love his humor, a little trashy in all the right places, definitely "R" rated. Great departure..
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Helpful Score: 2
set in Florida, where crooks and con artists are confounded by a persistent (and good looking) PI named RJ Decker, Double Whammy, is a rollicking tale set in the everglades among the crocodiles, televangelists and tournament fishermen. A great read where 'good prevails,' and the 'big one got away.' From the frying pan into the fire the whole way; you wonder how in heck will RJ save his skin, rescue the damsel, and catch the bad guys THIS time?
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Helpful Score: 1
I love Hiaasen and have to be honest; this was not one of my favorites. Nothing wrong with it but not his usual "lunacy".

RJ Decker used to be a photographer but when a co-worker was found murdered, and he was the one taking the pictures, his work took on a new dimension. He retires from the business and becomes a P.I. He is approached by a man who tells him of cheating taking place in bass fishing tournaments and wants RJ to take photos to stop it. The man's sister, who was the mistress of a murdered fisherman (who stumbled into something he shouldn't have), and an ex-model whom RJ has photographed in the past, gets involved, as well as "Skink" (if you have read Hiaasen, you know who this is - if not, he is a hermit who is considered to be crazy by the locals); Skink's friend, Jim Tile, the very unpopular black state trooper; Al Garcia, a Cuban police officer who is supposed to be arresting RJ but ends up helping; RJ's ex-wife (now re-married to Dr James); and an entire crew of psychos, including one who ends up wearing a dead pit-bull on his hand.

Hmmm....OK, so maybe it does have his usual lunacy!!!! Anyway, fun as usual.
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Typical Hiaasen south Florida tale of eccentrics and loners thrown together because of greed and its consequences. Well written and funny.
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Another fun frolic in Florida. It will keep you rolling.
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Anyone who has read Carl Hiaasen knows they are in for a truly wonderful experience. This title I have read a couple times, I loved it so much. A private eye you'll fall in love with, R.J. Decker is a character you'll want to read about again and again. The locale is Florida, and it is an adventure you'll enjoy.
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One of my faves
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you'll enjoy this easy to read, catty commentary on Florida low life.
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Easy Read, great for those times you have to wait at the dr's office or if you are on a road trip.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have all of Mr. Hiaasen's books. Always witty and fast paced, with twists of plot. A really entertaining writer.
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Great summer mystery read; part of an ongiong series.
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Carl Hiaasen has done it again. A good read from cover to cover. Great cast of characters, some new, some old but all delightful.
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This was the first of Hiassen's books I'd read. It certainly won't be the last!
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I loved this one! The characters are perfectly eccentric..and some are downright weird, and R.J. Decker is a "hero" that you want to see again and again. He's just a nice guy who could really use a break! Bass fishing tournaments? TV evangelists? A half-mad hermit with a taste for roadkill? Wait 'til you meet the guy with the pitbull....
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Carl Hiassen is the author of the book that the movie "Hoot" is based on. It's in theaters now. Funny dude.

"Twists and turns with breathtaking speed...Climb aboard, Bubba. Strap yourself in. You're gonna like this ride." -New York Times Book Review
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Exciting, imaginative, fun
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I have been a long time fan of Carl Hiaasen and this novel did not let me down.
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New York Times Bestselling author. Great fun, widly imaginative, manic, delightful and fascinating.
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Funny. Up to Hiaasen par, I think.
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Have loved all of Carl Hiaasen's books. This one doesn't disappoint.
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RJ Decker, star tenant of the local trailer park and neophyte private eye, is fishing for a killer. Thanks to a sportsman's scam that's anything but sportsmanlike, there's a body floating in Coon Bog, Florida -- and a lot that's rotten in the murky waters of big-stake, fish tournaments.

A raucous, mordant whopper of a fish story with more weird and bloodthirsty creatures above the water than in it.
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Not one of Carl's best, but very good, none the less.
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Classic Hiaasen, with some really whacko characters. Humor builds throughout the book--to some true laugh out loud bits in the last quarter of the book. A fun read.
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A pretty funny book about bass fishing and a little enviromental consciousness thrown in.
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FUNNY!! I don't like these people but they ARE funny!
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R. J. Decker, star tenant of the local trailer park and neophyte private eye is fishing for a killer. Thanks to a sportsman's scam that is anything but sportsmanlike, there's a body floating in Coon Bog, Florida - and a lot that's rotten in the murky waters of big-stakes, large-mouth bass tournaments. Here Decker will team up with a half-blind, half-mad hermit with an appetite for road kill; dare to kiss his ex-wife while she's in bed with her new husband; and face deadly TV evangelists; dangerously seductive women, and a pistol-toting redneck with a pit bull on his arm. For while the "double whammy" is the lure, first prize is for the most ingenious murder.
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funny read
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a fun fun read. A first-rate composite of crisp dialogue tight plotting and likable characters
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Good story about cheating at bass fishing. This is a British book, and has a different cover. Same story.
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Hiaasen at his usual wackiest...Neophyte PI R.J. Decker teams up with a half-blind, half-mad hermit while investigating a drowning death in Coon Bog, Fla. (yup, that's "Coon Bog") Decker faces deadly TV evengelists, dangerously seductive women (the best kind!), and a pistol-toting redneck with a pit bull on his arm. A selection of the Mystery Book Club, and more fun than a whole damn day of fishing!
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You either like him or you dont!
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Who stole the voles? Yes, it's true. The precious blue-tongued mango voles at the Amazing Kingom of Thrills on North Key Largo are gone, stolen by heartless, ruthless thugs with much bigger - and deadlier - things in mind.

Another crazy, fun page-turner from Carl Hiaasen.
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I like that Carl Hiassen lives just one city North of me in South Florida - it is great because you can recognize all the local stuff that Hiassen mentions.