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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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    MARY houston, TX, United States 03-06-12
    MARY houston, TX, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2011

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    "George Wilson hang it up!"

    I'm so tired of paying for audio books and the narrator is so bad with all the swallowing, lip smacking, & long pauses. If these things don't bother you as they do me then you'll like the story.

    0 of 1 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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    Curtis Palm Desert, CA, USA 12-05-05
    Curtis Palm Desert, CA, USA 12-05-05
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    "Nothing deep here, just great entertainment."

    Excellent way to spend a few hours, good story, great characters, and unexpectedly laugh-out-loud funny several times. Wait 'til you meet Lucas, and you'll see what I mean...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edythe Pinellas Park, FL, USA 09-26-05
    Edythe Pinellas Park, FL, USA 09-26-05 Member Since 2006
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    "Double Whammy"

    I admit it I am hooked on Skink. I love his character and the things he does. Please Carl give me more of skink. Loved the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glen Phipps Delray Beach, FL USA 01-03-05
    Glen Phipps Delray Beach, FL USA 01-03-05 Member Since 2002

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    "Fasten your seat belts, it's gonna be a bumpy ride"

    Carl Hiaasen is a great author with a sometimes casual disregard for the laws of science and chance, and he is at his best at these times; and this is his best of those times. If you don't like your fiction wild, improbable, irreverent (sort of like it has just snorked up a tablespoon of speed and then topped it off with a warm beer and a slice of pizza that it found stuck to the ceiling of the trailer, before running down the street with no pants on), and mixed with a bit of grumbling about how Florida ain't like it used to be, then avoid this book at all costs. But, if you can suspend disbelief for a short period of time you will be richly rewarded and entertained.
    When a new Hiaasen comes out my wife and I fight, quite brutally, over them, and we both agree that this is his wildest and most entertaining. Like I said, if you're looking for an Agatha Christie, this ain't it; thank goodness.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Benjamin NC - USA 12-19-04
    A. Benjamin NC - USA 12-19-04 Member Since 2011
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    "OK but not great"

    There are some funny (albeit dark) area's in this book. But I was very dissapointed with the overall plot, and the foul language.
    Once I had finished the book, I found myself still trying to make sense of the main plot. The ending didn't tidy up loose ends.. and the way the main villian get's his due is not believable.
    I would not recommend this book, there are better ways to spend the 12+ hours.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Queensbury, NY, USA 10-28-08
    David Queensbury, NY, USA 10-28-08 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Listen"

    A little slow getting started but well worth sticking with....great entertainment

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    J. A. McDonough 05-09-05 Listener Since 2001
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    "Double Whammy"

    One of the worst readers I've heard. Doesn't change his voice from character to character. Makes it very hard to follow. Story was quite boring also. Double whammy!

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    Michael Dallas, TX, United States 05-10-04
    Michael Dallas, TX, United States 05-10-04 Member Since 2001

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    "And the ending is?"

    A mediocre tale of Southern Bass fishing. And after a detail of all characters and their background during the book, the ending left too many things up in the air.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful

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