Basket Case

Basket Case

Book - 2002
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Once a hotshot investigative reporter, Jack Tagger now bangs out obituaries for a South Florida daily, "plotting to resurrect my 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" may be just the stiff Jack needs-if only he can figure out what happened. Standing in the way are [among others] an editor who wants Jack to "break her cherry," Stoma's ambitious pop-singer widow, and the soulless, profit-hungry newspaper owner Jack once publicly humiliated. As clues from Stoma's music give Jack Tagger the chance to trade obits for a story that could hit the front page, murder gives his career a new lease on life.

Baker & Taylor
Former investigative reporter Jack Tagger gets his chance to escape the doldrums of obituary writing as he investigates the suspicious "accidental" death of rock star Jimmy Stoma, the infamous leader of Jimmy and the Slut Puppies.

Hachette Book Group
Once a hotshot investigative reporter, Jack Tagger now bangs out obituaries for a South Florida daily, "plotting to resurrect my 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" may be just the stiff Jack needs-if only he can figure out what happened. Standing in the way are [among others] an editor who wants Jack to "break her cherry," Stoma's ambitious pop-singer widow, and the soulless, profit-hungry newspaper owner Jack once publicly humiliated. As clues from Stoma's music give Jack Tagger the chance to trade obits for a story that could hit the front page, murder gives his career a new lease on life.

Baker
& Taylor

Former investigative reporter Jack Tagger gets his chance to escape the doldrums of obituary writing as he investigates the supicious "accidental" death of rock star Jimmy Stoma, the infamous leader of Jimmy and the Slut Puppies, if he can escape his ambitious young editor, the star's widow, a brutish bodyguard, and the profit-hungry owner of his newpaper. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf ; Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780446611930
044661193X
9780375411076
0375411070
9780345806536
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 25 cm. : ill

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Goldie48
Jun 17, 2012

Too bad the author stooped to locker room language and titillating scenes that did not seem to fit the characters or carry the plot forward. Obligatory and distracting...for my taste.

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RichardPaul
Jan 20, 2011

Review by Richard Paul (Seattle Public Library) Basket Case ---- by Carl Hiaasen c - 2002 ---- This comical story of murder and bungling perps., kept me reading till my eyes hurt. The main character an accomplished newspaper columnist, Jack Tagger, having miss used his quick-wit at a company meeting. Ended up in the writing the Obits dog house (sentence, to be forever). And needs a front page story to escape the dungeon. A famous rock star dies: one of Jack's favorites. The interviews made by Jack just don't, add up, to accident! Jack has is get out of Obit's card, he thinks. And in proving this over time he ends up fighting off a bad guy: With a frozen, 4ft long pet Monitor Lizard. Basket Case turned out to be a great surprise for me. Carl Hiaasen artfully did that, to us. Reviewed on Mar 22 2010

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Jan 20, 2011

RichardPaul thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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