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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Nick Fashon is having a bad day. He's just found out his estranged grandfather has died mysteriously in the Arizona desert. Then he meets his potential father-in-law, who turns out to be an ex-cop with a screw loose and a penchant for bean dip. To top it off, he returns home to find his successful clothing shop has just burned to the ground and taken his upstairs apartment ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 24th 2002 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2002)
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Pete Hautman's Doohickey is a lightweight little romp through the weirdness of Tucson. Nick Fashon is a metrosexual who runs a clothing boutique and has a lot of Bally loafers and Motown records. His business burns down, is oddball grandfather dies, his partner goes bananas, and his girlfriend kicks him out. He also gets the snot beat out of him, and shot.

And all because everybody wants a piece of the HandyMate, the greatest kitchen gadget ever designed.

Hautman's characters are cartoons and his
I enjoyed this book, I really did. But how did it end up in a high school library? Somewhere I heard or read a spectacular recommendation for it, I'm sure. I don't just point blindly to books and order them.
The main characters, indeed ALL the characters, are well into adulthood, with adult concerns and interests, so no young adult connection there.
Anyway, main character inherits a few acres of crap from a mostly absent grandfather just as his clothing store is torched, along with his apartment
Another great Pete Hautman novel !!!!
Nov 11, 2007 Cynthia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of carl hiaasen
A fun lightweight read. The characters and plot are quirky but believable, and it skips along like a plastic float in a swimming pool on a sunny afternoon.
Dec 04, 2010 Ana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: meh
This was just kind of...meh. The writing was pretty dry.
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Pete Hautman is the author of Godless, which won the National Book Award, and many other critically acclaimed books for teens and adults, including Blank Confession, All-In, Rash, No Limit, and Invisible. Mr. Was was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Pete lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit him at
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