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Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2018, borrowed, humor, mystery
Recommended for: Fans of goofy mysteries

If you have read Hiaasen before, you know his mysteries are in Florida and you know that they are weird. This was his second book and I can confirm this pattern has been in place since the beginning! This book is irreverent and bizarre. Some things make no sense while at the same time making perfect sense (make sense?). If you cannot suspend disbelief for a while, you are gonna get lost in the gator swamp with this one.

Everyone in a Hiaasen book is a caricature and I think that is one of the things that make them so entertaining. With caricatures you have a lot of free reign with what you can do – even if it seems ridiculous, you cannot really complain because it is kind of supposed to be ridiculous. I was entertained by every single character – good, bad, dumb, smart, goofy, straight-laced, etc. And, with the characters in this book there is no line (nope, not even a fine line) between law abiding and criminal – anything goes!

Speaking of characters, Skink is introduced in this book. I have only heard of him before as I have not read any other books with him, but I understand he is important in many of Hiaasen’s books. As he is described in the book, I kept thinking of Hayduke from The Monkey Wrench Gang. He has his principles, will do anything to achieve them, and woe to anyone who gets in his way. I am definitely looking forward to more books with him.

I think this book was an improvement over Tourist Season, Hiaasen’s first book. That makes sense as this was the beginning of his career and I am sure he was just getting into his groove. I plan to continue to work my way through his books in publication order and hope to find a few more hidden gems in the swamps and on the beaches of Florida.
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Reading Progress

October 16, 2018 – Started Reading
October 16, 2018 – Shelved
October 16, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018
October 16, 2018 – Shelved as: borrowed
October 16, 2018 – Shelved as: humor
October 16, 2018 – Shelved as: mystery
October 18, 2018 –
page 41
12.81% "Skink"
October 18, 2018 –
page 69
21.56% "Lunker"
October 19, 2018 –
page 105
32.81% "Rural hideout"
October 20, 2018 –
page 134
41.88% "New Orleans"
October 21, 2018 –
page 154
48.13% "Tournament wins are not all they are cracked up to be"
October 27, 2018 –
page 202
63.13% "Frame job"
October 29, 2018 –
page 249
77.81% "Badwater"
October 30, 2018 –
page 296
92.5% "Tournament"
November 1, 2018 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Luke (new) - added it

Luke Kondor I remember reading Sick Puppy years ago and loving it. I think it might be time to give him another go.


Matthew Luke wrote: "I remember reading Sick Puppy years ago and loving it. I think it might be time to give him another go."

Looks like that one is still a few away from me. I wonder what you gain by reading them in order?


message 3: by Kandice (new)

Kandice His books are never what I expect, which is, I guess, exactly what I expect from him!


Matthew Kandice wrote: "His books are never what I expect, which is, I guess, exactly what I expect from him!"

Ha! Ironic, isn't it? Or maybe it isn't . . . ;)


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