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Lucky You Paperback – February 1, 2005
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In Lucky You, the plot centers around a Lotto ticket stolen from a female African American veterinary assistant by two bizarre rascists, who envision forming a neo-Nazi militia with the extra 14 million bucks. The two hapless crooks, Bode Gazzer and Chub, have one 14 million dollar winning ticket of their own, but with taxes and extended payouts they assume 14 million will be insufficient for their grandiose plans, and thus they pilfer the other winning ticket.
Our heroine, ridiculously named JoLayne Lucks, is everything a character should be in Hiaasen's world - she loves nature, is kind to animals, and wants to use her winnings to buy a pristine plot of land and prevent some Mafia developers from bulldozing the whole thing for a tax-shelter shopping mall. She lives in tiny Grange, Florida, a city known for its religious "miracles" including the self-mutilated "stigmata" man, a lady who thinks a road stain of brake fluid depicts the face of Christ, and a shrine to the Blessed Virgin which, on command, emits tears.Read more ›
These people stop asking for my advice on reading material. Apparently, not everyone appreciates Hiassen's sense of humour.
I've read all of Hiaasen's books and consider Lucky You to be one of my favourites (Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, and Sick Puppy are the others). Hiaasen turns his outrage (in this case directed at land developers, religious scam artists, the newspaper business, and red neck militia wingnuts) into a hysterically bizarre novel about two militia wannabes who win the lottery, but decide that if they can find the owner of the other winning ticket, they can double their take.
Sure, the targets here are easy to take potshots at (racist morons with guns and religious zealots) but that doesn't mean it isn't funny to watch Hiassen open fire.
If you are looking for a nail biting suspense thriller, Lucky You probably won't do it for you. Hiassen may give readers a rollicking ride, but this zany plot with its collection of quirky characters won't satisfy anyone looking for a serious thriller. Lucky You won't leave you breathless with white-knuckled thrills, but you may laugh so hard you can't see through the tears.
Read this book if you like a little twisted humour with your crime fiction.
Don't read this book if you belong to a militia or have ever seen Jesus' face appear to you in a plate of mashed potatoes. There is a good chance that you won't appreciate Hiassen's unique brand of humour..
The only criticism that I would make is that Hiaasen sometimes try to carry his "hilarity" into descriptions of violent or unpleasant death. There are some things that just aren't funny.
These are some of the story lines that appear in Lucky You, one of Carl Hiasson's older works of fiction and one of the best created by the King of Florida Fiction. I liked this book so much I put it up there with two of the authors other works, Striptease and Skinny Dip.
Hiassen's works all have the same zany charecters entertwined with a few sane, reasonable protagnoists (well some have their quirks) but the charecter development in this book makes has incredibly tender moments as the heroine fights for her personal goal of saving her turtles and getting back what was rightfully hers.
I highly recommend this book for its story, its style and its entertainment value.
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I did not find this as funny as his other books but the character of Chub is really funny.Published 2 months ago by Lurline S.
Since I have read all the books you are getting used to the style and the exiting Florida action. Carl is one of my favorite writers, because he cares for the Florida environment... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wim R Groenewoud
You can always depend on Carl Hiaasen to keep you guessing. I enjoyed this book very muchPublished 3 months ago by Gil Gusler
A classic Carl Hiaasen romp. Well worth the time for a few laughs.Published 5 months ago by E. P. Hall
I really didn't like this book. The author introduces so many characters I had a hard time following. Not my favorite book. Hard to read, hard to finish.Published 5 months ago by C Can