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Double Whammy Paperback – March 1, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fun book to read, but not one of his most hilarious. He is a great entertainer and all his books are worth reading. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Sally
I'm a huge Carl fan and I loved this book but I was a bit stunned to find so many spelling and grammatical errors. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jerry D
Carl Hiaasen weaves a funny fantastical plot and brings it to a stunning conclusion. His odd sense of sarcasm is part of his charm.Published 25 days ago by Trish
Great story, made my eyes well up at the end. My only issue is the editing, so many typos it was distracting. Took away from an otherwise great read.Published 1 month ago by William Saunders
The Double Whammy is a fishing lure used to catch bass but you don’t need to know anything about fishing or bass to enjoy this Hiaasen thriller. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eve Gaal
Carl Hiaasen writes Florida books as if this state is the only piece of the land that has wild places that must be saved from the unwashed literary world. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. F. Crowe