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Double Whammy Paperback – March 1, 2005

4.3 out of 5 stars 340 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in the Skink Series

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A Miami Herald reporter who struck a blow against corrupt entrepreneurs in Tourist Season, Hiaasen follows through with this acid satire, a real double whammy. Private detective R. J. Decker is hired to prove that TV host Dickie Lockhart cheats to win fortunes in Florida bass-fishing tournaments. The investigation makes Decker a prey to hired killers who have murdered other "snoops," but the detective also finds a strong if weird ally in a hermit who calls himself Skink. Along with two honest cops, Skink goes with Decker to the lake where a big tournament is under way and the four make a tremendous splash, to the dismay of the assembly. Hardest hit is Reverend Weeb, Lockhart's sponsor on the Outdoor Christian Network, whose generous supporters don't know that he's addicted to prostitutes, profanity and land-grabbing. 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.
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The "double whammy" is a special lure used in the competitive bass fishing underlying the plot of this thriller by Miami journalist Hiaasen ( The Tourist Season ). Someone is cheating at bass fishing competitions, and people are getting killed. Enter R.J. Decker, former photojournalist and ex-con. Decker teams up with Skink, an unbelievable character who lives in a forest shack, eats road-killed animals, and reads Dostoyevsky (and turns out to be the ex-governor of Florida). Decker's an unlikely hero, always a step behind. Other characters include the usual corrupt TV evangelists, rednecks, smart black policemen, and betrayingly beautiful women. The action is swift, and there are some very funny scenes. Louise A. Merriam, L.E. Phillips Memorial P.L., Eau Claire, Wis.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446695661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446695664
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gary Jonas on May 3, 2000
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I stumbled across one of those bass fishing shows a few days before I read this book. I couldn't believe people would sit around and watch people fish! But they do. And Hiaasen had a ball writing about it, too.
This book has so many great moments. Skink and the poodle is one of the funniest things I've ever read. I laughed so hard, tears streamed down my face. I called a friend and tried to read the scene over the phone, but I couldn't stop laughing. It's all right, my friend knew I was crazy. He rushed out and bought the book, though! The pit bull in the trailer park scene and the aftermath is also priceless. I guess this is Hiaasen's dog book as well as his fish book.
Needless to say, if you haven't read Hiaasen, start with this one. You'll be hooked.
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Carl Hiaasen has taken wonderfully wacky characters such as Skink, a mystery giant who wears a glass eye retrieved from a stuffed owl and who dines on road kill, and has turned them into individuals that you have to love. Hiassen's villians, while bad, will capture the reader's imaginations with their total ineptude.

This is the first book that I have read by Hiaasen, but the outrageous humor contained in the twists and turns of the plot, centered around a bass fishing tournament, have convinced me to read his other works.

Although this was the funniest book I believe I have ever read, Hiaasen, makes his real message, enviornmental destruction, loud and clear and if the reader is not an enviornmentalist before reading the book, there is a good chance s/he will put the book down believing there is work to be done in saving our county, whether it be the swamp lands that Hiaasen weaves into his tale, or perhaps the mountains or lakes in our own back yards!
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By A Customer on December 20, 1999
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This is also my favorite of the Hiaasen books, with Native Tongue and Tourist Season following. Hiaasen has a fabulous sense of chaos and absurdity. My husband and I laugh aloud at the bizarre events and characters that people his world. But there's enough underlying grit to make it all weirdly real, and definitely the underlying humanity to make it moving.
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I've read all of Hiaasen's published books, I really enjoy his work. The issue here is the Kindle version; there are so many typos as to almost ruin the experience of reading the book. Really stupid stuff, too, in addition to the errant lack of a space between two words. Things like saying "Popside" as opposed to "Popsicle", "geyser" instead of "geezer", et cetera. If it only happened a couple of times it would be annoying but somewhat forgivable, but 18% into the book (by Kindle's reckoning), I've counted more than twenty errors. Come on, Amazon. You charge $13.99 for this Kindle edition-fourteen bucks-for something that has more errors in it than a dyslexic sixth grader would commit. This is inexcusable. Fix the problem, and refund the purchase price to those of us that you have duped with your shoddy editing.
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My first Hiaasen and an example of how useful reviews (reading other people's reviews) can be. I found out about Hiaasen by reading someone else's review of a Tim Dorsey book. As a matter of fact, a good number of books I have read recently are books that other people said were good and judging by previous books they reviewed, it looked like they had tastes similar to mine.

About the book...this is pure reading entertainment. Hiaasen's wicked imagination is what makes the book so interesting. He's written a typical mystery but the venue and the characters are anything but typical (television evangelism and professional bass fishing). Hiaasen spends so much time with character development that it is impossible not to feel an attachment to these crazy people and concern for the impossible situations in which he puts them. Everyone knows that the people who fish, regularly lie about the fish they caught and the ones that got away, but in Double Whammy the men on the professional bass fishing circuit have stepped it up a notch by cheating and murdering to cover up their cheating.

These characters are all larger than life and the stunts they pull are zany and over the top, but amongst all the fun, there is a real social message here that Hiaasen is able to pull off without being offensive.

Laugh out loud funny in spots and humorous nearly throughout. It was a joy to read!
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I like to space my serious reads out and delve into a little escapism once in a while. This is great escapism, hilarious characters and scenarios, and extremely readable. The only issue I had with this one was excessive use of poetic license and direct contradictions. I know little about the pro-fishing circuit, so that's not my beef. Terribly amusing, but not as endearing as the excellent Stormy Weather, or Lucky You, where the endings come together much cleaner (If you read this book, you'll see what I mean when you witness contradictions and great implausibility in the final tournament).
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Making a novel about fishing entertaining is a mammoth task, but Hiaasen has achieved just that. Double Whammy doesn't start off as fast a pace as his other novels but once ex governor now wilderness living hermit Skink comes on the scene the pace quickens and never drops off. Fans of this character from some of his later novels will learn how one of his most interesting facial features happened. I won't give away what that characteristic is for those who have not read those novels or are reading this as a stand alone but for those who have read newer adventures it is really interesting to know, and purchasing Double Whammy to read how it happened is worth the price alone.

Police officer Jim Tyle from most novels with skink is back in this one too as well as Officer Garcia from the novel Striptease. Queenie the world's biggest Bass, some dim-witted fishing tv show hosts with huge egos, a shonky on air priest/Floridian property developer and a low IQ'd hit man who forms a close relationship with a bulldog accompany private R.J. Decker in making this a memorable read.

Whilst Skink and other characters may have become more developed in later novels this is still a sensational read. Also check out Hiaasen's masterpieces Sick Puppy, Hoot, Skinny Dip, Striptease, Lucky You and others as well.
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