Basket Case Author:Carl Hiaasen Once a hotshot investigative reporter, Jack Tagger now bangs out obituaries for a South Florida daily, “plotting to resurrect my newspaper career by yoking my byline to some famous stiff.” Jimmy Stoma, the infamous front man of Jimmy and the Slut Puppies, dead in a fishy-smelling scuba “accident,” might be the stiff of Ja... more »ck’s dreams—if only he can figure out what happened.
Standing in the way are (among others) his ambitious young editor, who hasn’t yet fired anyone but plans to “break her cherry” on Jack; the rock star’s pop-singer widow, who’s using the occasion of her husband’s death to re-launch her own career; and the soulless, profit-hungry owner of the newspaper, whom Jack once publicly humiliated at a stockholders’ meeting.
With clues from the dead rock singer’s music, Jack ultimately unravels Jimmy Stoma’s strange fate—in a hilariously hard-won triumph for muckraking journalism, and for the death-obsessed obituary writer himself.
“Always be halfway prepared” is Jack Tagger’s motto—and it’s more than enough to guarantee a wickedly funny, brilliantly entertaining novel from Carl Hiaasen.« less
I enjoyed it very much and ordered a couple of more of his books. A former investigative reporter is demoted to the obituary page and then becomes embroiled in a murder mystery. Really interesting and funny sidebits about the newspaper business and good twist and turns along the way. It is particularly funny about associating things that happen with the deaths of famous persons.
Enjoyed an insider's view of the newspaper biz and the morbid sense of humor of anti-hero Jack Tagger. A quick read with lots of twists and dead-on observations of the seedy side of life in the music industry.
This was the first book by Carl Hiaasen that I've read and I enjoyed it so much that I read it cover to cover in one sitting! It moves quickly, the characters are believable, and the story had a good mix of suspense, drama, action, and humor. I look forward to reading more from this author!