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Double Whammy [Paperback]

Carl Hiaasen
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7 May 1990

Dennis Gault, tycoon and fishing fanatic, was only the first of private eye R.J. Decker's problems. Hired by Gault to investigate cheating on the Florida bass-fishing circuit, Decker found himself surrounded by murder, obsession and a plethora of characters from beyond the fringe, to whom catching bass was more fun than sex. Pretty soon, Decker's own neck is on the line as he discovers that fishing in Florida doesn't involve just killing bass...

'A careful reading of Double Whammy will do more to damage the Florida tourist trade than anything except an actual visit to Florida' P.J. O'Rourke

'I went for Double Whammy hook, line and sinker, and I think you will too' Washington Post

'An outrageously entertaining high-protein experience' Observer


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  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books(Macmillan Publishing)London; 1stEd.1990 edition (7 May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330309870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330309875
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of twelve novels, including the bestselling Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy and Lucky You, and three bestselling children's books, Hoot, Flush and Scat. They have been translated into 34 languages, 33 more than he can read or write. Carl Hiaasen also writes an award-winning column for The Miami Herald.

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About the Author

Carl Hiaasen has been writing about Florida since he was given a typewriter at the age of six. His novel, BASKET CASE, was a Sunday Times hardcover bestseller for over a month on publication in March 2002. As well as fiction, Hiaasen writes columns for the Miami Herald.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A briliant, laugh out loud, crime novel 22 July 2009
By Officer Dibble VINE VOICE
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Welcome to competitive bass fishing in Florida. There is a backdrop which I never expected for one of the funniest novels I've read in a long time. You have got to love the Skink character, a sort of lunatic eco-warrior who is actually a secondary player in the novel to the hero Decker.

Mr Hiaasen weaves together an absolutely wonderful supporting cast of characters in the middle of his Green versus Greed main theme. There is a huge amount of violence, death and general mayhem much of it caused by Queenie (read it and see!).

This is a genuine, laugh out loud, funny book. It is also just so bizarre; as another reviewer has mentioned there really is a character going around with a dead dog clamped to his arm. There is also a very vivid example of the sort of conversation not to have at a funeral.

Just so brilliant but with a biting undertone about the fruit-cakes on the loose in the Deep South. This is strongly recommended and really is a five star read; now where can I find more of Mr Hiaasen's stuff?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carl Hiaasen is King! 25 Aug 2003
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This is yet another fine piece of fiction from one of the true masters. Sharp, fast and very very funny, this is the story of life in the Florida Bass fishing circuit. A whole host of typically-Hiaasen characters are present, from the 'hero', with a personal life more stuffed with problems than an episode of Eastenders, to the villain of the piece, whom Hiaasen deals with in a suitably spectacular and hillarious way. If you've never read any Hiaasen before (and if not, why on earth not??) then this is an excellent novel to start with. If you are a returning fan of Hiaasen then you will not be disappointed. The master does it again, with a novel that blows all competitors out of the water!! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply brilliant 29 Aug 2013
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I'm a late convert to Hiassen and I couldn't be happier. If you like sarcastic wit and believe a writer could interest you in fishing competitions then you won't be disappointed. Verging on farce, Hiassen's strength is he actually tells a story rather than simply bombard with funny anecdotes. Quality. I'm dying to read his other offerings. 5 star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rollicking good stuff 12 Dec 2010
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Hiaasen's second novel and setting a cracking pace. Dirty deeds in the bass fishing world, murder by rednecks and the wonderful ex-Governor Tyree -- inhabiting the wilds like an insane avenging angel.

Reverend (self-styled of course) Weeb is building a "Christian City" in Florida. With the sort of peole he wants to attract, bass fishing is a big lure (boooo that pun). Millions are at stake so the little matter of fiddling fishing competitions and murdering the odd journalist isn't too important.

You'll snigger throughout and laugh out loud at the set piece finale.

Although a journalist by trade Carl Hiaasen is an expert novelist. He also has a nose for corruption and an eye for the absurd - both feed this work - highly recommended.

ps a Double Whammy is a fishing lure. And a largemouth bass is one of the ugliest fish in Christendom.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Carls the man! 17 April 2014
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I love all Carl Hiaasens books and this is one of his best Ideally I would like to collect the full set
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3.0 out of 5 stars Double Whammy Carl Hiaasen 17 Feb 2014
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An entertaining read as always with Carl Hiaasen, although It's based completely on competetive Bass fishing in America of which there was little mention in the reviews. Quite a boring subject matter, unless you are into fishing.

However, as always the descriptive characters, romance and humour kept me going.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a ride 17 Nov 2013
By R. Gray
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This is the best book i have read for some time. It's a page turner. Where on earth did "skink" come from?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful anarchic book 25 Oct 2013
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This book is an antidote to sanity to brighten a dull autumn day with hilarious fantasy skink for governor or better
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