By Carl Hiaasen
As soon as a hotshot investigative reporter, Jack Tagger now bangs out obituaries for a South Florida day-by-day, "plotting to resurrect my newspaper occupation via yoking my byline to a couple recognized stiff." Jimmy Stoma, the notorious entrance guy of Jimmy and the Slut doggies, lifeless in a fishy-smelling scuba "accident," could be the stiff of Jack's dreams--if simply he can determine what happened.
Standing within the means are (among others) his formidable younger editor, who hasn't but fired someone yet plans to "break her cherry" on Jack; the rock star's pop-singer widow, who's utilizing the celebration of her husband's dying to re-launch her personal profession; and the soulless, profit-hungry proprietor of the newspaper, whom Jack as soon as publicly humiliated at a stockholders' meeting.
With clues from the lifeless rock singer's track, Jack finally unravels Jimmy Stoma's unusual fate--in a hilariously hard-won triumph for muckraking journalism, and for the death-obsessed obituary author himself.
"Always be midway prepared" is Jack Tagger's motto--and it's good enough to assure a wickedly humorous, brilliantly pleasing novel from Carl Hiaasen
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