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Double Whammy | [Carl Hiaasen]

Double Whammy

A twisted tale of murder in the world of big-stakes bass fishing tournaments. Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.
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Publisher's Summary

"Robert Clinch loved his boat more that anything else in the world...more than his wife...his kids...his girlfiend...even more than the largemouth bass he was pursuing." Thus begins a twisted tale of murder in the world of big-stakes bass fishing tournaments. Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.

©1988 Carl Hiaasen; (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"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." (Publishers Weekly)
"The action is swift, and there are some very funny scenes." (Library Journal)

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    "One of his best!"

    Entertaining, funny, with good narration. Highly reccomend this book, and I think it would appeal to a large audience. Love his characters, especially Skink!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gus Miami, FL, United States 11-15-10
    Gus Miami, FL, United States 11-15-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Just Ok"

    Skin Tight was my first Hiassen novel and it was absolutely fantastic. This one was very much less fantastic. Its a decent read but not Skin Tight.

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    michele 10-15-10
    michele 10-15-10 Member Since 2014
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    "double whammy"

    not a typical carl hiaasen book. From start to finish, it was a disappointment !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Johnson Chester, VA United States 02-20-10
    C. Johnson Chester, VA United States 02-20-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Never disappointed by a Carl Hiaasen book"

    Love the characters and the story line, just as I do with all of Carl's books. George Wilson is the only narrator for these stories. He brings "Skink" to life every time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hope co, usa 02-08-08
    Hope co, usa 02-08-08
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    "funny book, nice reading"

    this book was 16 or so hours of good fun. learn more about bass fishing than you knew there was to learn, and love every minute. The reader does a great job.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 01-28-08
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 01-28-08 Member Since 2014

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    "Unbelievable DUMB!"

    This book can be summed up in one word.... STOOOPID!!

    There are so many countless, stupid scenes in this book, I could write for days. The author's attempt at comic relief is probably the poorest I have ever read.

    The book was intended to be an over-the-top, funny, and witty fare; but I snickered all of two or three times at most, and found nothing really funny at all.

    Two examples can summarize the stupidity of this "sidesplitter":

    1) One of the characters can't light a campfire, so he turns his zippo lighter upside down and pours the lighter fluid on the sticks. He then lights the fire and the campfire explodes so violently that it blows him back and singes his hair and eyebrows.

    Wow... we could solve all the world's energy problems with 1 can of zippo lighter fluid if a few drops can blow up a campsite!

    2) The "loveable" character in the book, "Skink, (also call "Captain") cooks and eats a family's toy poodle. It added no value or humor and actually belittled his creation of a decent character.

    The book is loaded with similarly stupid stories and jabs throughout. Yep, real funny....

    As far as the overall story goes, it actually starts out pretty good. The first few hours at least kept me listening till the end so I didn't give it a 1-star.

    But.... the story goes downhill quick - and in conclusion, the ending leaves many small holes unfilled.

    I would definitely pass on this one.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Huntington Beach, CA, United States 01-23-08
    Mark Huntington Beach, CA, United States 01-23-08 Member Since 2010
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    "Addicting"

    This story started out slow and somewhat hokey. But the storyline and characters hooked me and kept realing me in. Once I got into it, I couldnt get out of the car and turn it off.

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    Andrea Redding, CA, USA 08-29-07
    Andrea Redding, CA, USA 08-29-07
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    "quite a story"

    Loved the book and the reader!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen 06-08-07
    Eileen 06-08-07
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    "Only in America"

    Carl creates charactors that can only be believed in America. The detail and accuracy of his description of location and events makes this out right fiction seem almost believable. But in his typical fashion there are twists and turns that leave a listener on the edge of the chair. If you are a fan already you will love this book, if not be prepared to become hooked on a new author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce Union, OH, USA 04-15-07
    Joyce Union, OH, USA 04-15-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Great!"

    This one great author! I hate fishing but the charaters are so much fun. Learned a little about bass fishing and can understand why so many people enjoy it. Try Skinny Dip, I have listened to this book 3 times. Double Whammy will get at least one more listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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