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.
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?
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.
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.
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....
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.
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.
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!
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.