Grange, Florida, is famous for its miracles - the weeping fiberglass Madonna, the Road-Stain Jesus, the stigmata man. And now it has JoLayne Lucks, unlikely winner of the state lottery.
Unfortunately, JoLayne's winning ticket isn't the only one. The other belongs to Bodean Gazzer and his raunchy sidekick, Chub, who believe they're entitled to the whole $28 million jackpot. And they need it quickly, to start their own underground militia before NATO troops invade America.
But JoLayne Lucks has her own plans for the Lotto money - an Eden-like forest in Grange must be saved from strip-malling. When Bode and Chub brutally assault her and steal her ticket, JoLayne vows to track them down, take it back - and get revenge.
The only one who can help is Tom Krome, a big-city investigative journalist now bitterly consigned to writing frothy features for a midsized central Florida newspaper. With a persuasive nudge from JoLayne, Krome is about to become part of a story that's bigger and more bizarre than anything he's ever covered.
Chasing two heavily armed psychopaths down the coast of Florida is reckless enough, but Tom's got other problems - the murderous attention of a jealous judge; an actress wife who turns fugitive to avoid divorce court; an editor who speaks in tongues; and Tom's own growing fondness for the future millionairess with whom he's risking his neck.
The pursuit takes them from the surreal streets of Grange to a buzzard-infested island deep in Florida Bay, where they finally catch up with the fledgling militia - Chub, Bode Gazzer, a newly recruited convenience-store clerk, and their baffled hostage, a Hooters waitress.
The climax explodes with the hilarious mayhem that is Carl Hiaasen's hallmark. Lucky You is his funniest, most deliriously gripping novel yet.
©2013 Carl Hiaasen (P)2013 Random House Audio
If its your first go at Carl Hiaasen, try something else. Striptease or Skinny Dip, maybe.
His genius is making flawed characters lovable, so you end up rooting for them all the way.
There's none of that here. No redemption for the bumbling villain. Hero and heroine are unlovable. No real social comment. Racist bad guys and scamming zealots: too easy. I just didn't enjoy it.
He's one of my favorite audiobook pleasures, but Hiaasen missed the mark with this one.
When JoLayne opens the envelope with the lottery ticket in it.
Yes, this was a can't stop... one more chapter in the driveway kind of book!
A Hiaasen book is twisted humor... guaranteed
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
As I write this the national lotto is north of 9 billion dollars. Now even those of us that refuse to play are wondering what we would do with such a staggering sum. So Hiaasen's book tells the tale of two winning tickets to a 28 million dollar prize.
One lucky holder is an eccentric, beautiful black woman who has plans to conserve a large plot of land she loves for its beloved wildlife. The other ticket is held by 2 dimwitted white supremacist who plan to start the nations biggest militia. The problem as they see it is that they must have the complete 28 million dollars in order to be successful. So they set out to steal the ticket from the eccentric black woman.
It a nutty story filled with ridiculously crazy characters in even more absurd circumstances. But its funny and just plain fun. If you need a lift this is a quck fix for my re than a few chuckles.
Just a shade off Carl Hiaasen's normal
the overall story had it's points
Lucky You is ok
Was a bit disappointed, really. Not one of his best, but still a very good listen
Carl writes a fun book and this is no different. The narration isn't really suited to the story... he constantly mixes up character voices (even between male and female) which can make the story a bit confusing if you aren't paying full attention.
For sure. i've read several of his books and look forward to more
I would love to see all of Carl's books in movies, and this one is no different. It would be one of the better ones to work on the screen I would imagine
Good, quick read. Since the main woman, I am uncertain how to spell her name, was kind to all kinds of critters, she should have had the guy on the island rescued. Otherwise, very good.
Newbern voices Hiaasen's narrator--ever-eloquent, unpretentious--and bizarrely-fanatical townfolk, too. Lamenting doomed Everglades & journalism lessened, mercifully.
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