Double Whammy

Double Whammy

by Carl Hiaasen

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"Twists and turns with breathtaking speed...You're gonna like this ride." - Washington Post Book World

R.J. Decker, star tenant of the local trailer park and neophyte private eye is fishing for a killer. Thanks to a sportsman's scam that's anything but sportsmanlike, there's a body floating in Coon Bog, Florida — and a lot that's rotten in the murky waters of big-stakes, large-mouth bass tournaments. Here Decker will team up with a half-blind, half-mad hermit with an appetite for road kill; dare to kiss his ex-wife while she's in bed with her new husband; and face deadly TV evangelists, dangerously seductive women, and a pistol-toting redneck with a pit bull on his arm. And here his own life becomes part of the stakes. For while the "double whammy" is the lure, first prize is for the most ingenious murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538729526
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Series: Skink Series , #1
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 122,314
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of nineteen novels, including Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, Stormy Weather, Basket Case, and, for young readers, Flush and Hoot. He also writes a regular column for The Miami Herald.


Tavernier, Florida

Place of Birth:

South Florida


Emory University; B.A., University of Florida, 1974

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Double Whammy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
hazzardlife More than 1 year ago
As far as C Hiassen's books go, they are all good reads. But It really puts a bad taste in my mouth when I have to support some bs go green enviro-whacko agenda. Lets be real who wants to see condos built on all the nice beach front land in USA or who wants polluted water etc.?? Answer , no one. I am a fisherman a surfer an avid outdoorsman all around but I am not a brainwashed liberal whacko.
thedeity More than 1 year ago
What a fun read. All Carl Hiaasen's books are super. Thuis doesn't disappoint. I learned a lot about bass fishing.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great book
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indygo88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think as a reader, for the most part you either enjoy Hiaasen's style or you don't. I will admit that I liked this one better than another of his that a read a few months ago, but for me it still falls into the almost-too-ridiculous-to-be-funny category. And granted, that's Hiaasen's style & that's what a lot of his fans enjoy about him, but I find his stories just a little too cheesy. It takes a vivid imagination to picture some of the scenes in this book (the literal head of a pitbull attached to the arm of one of the "bad guys", just to name one), but I'm sure some readers would get a kick out this. I enjoy humor, but this is a little too over-the-edge for me.
madamejeanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's south Florida again, with a little bit of Louisiana thrown in for flavoring. Underhanded dealings are afoot in the big Bass Fishing tournaments, where the heavy rollers and anglers use any means they can to cheat their way to the winning weigh in. R. J. Decker (former renown photographer turned private eye) has been hired by the unctuous Dennis Gault to catch All American Fishing Champion and darling of the Outdoor Christian Network's top rated fishing show, cheating to win another bass tournament. Not that Gault himself isn't above such activities, but you'd have to expect the guy who wears Gucci sportswear and drives a Rolls Royce with a trailer hitch to haul his bass boat to always want to win. As R.J. hides in the swamp with his trusty Minolta around his neck, he comes across Skink, a roadkill eating highly educated and strangely charismatic hermit giant who knows a whole lot more about what's going on than anyone else. Who is this man and why does he look vaguely familiar to Decker? Could he really be the wildly popular former Florida governor who alienated businessmen in the entire state with his environmental policies, and who just walked away one day from the Executive Mansion, never to be seen or heard from again? There's murder and mayhem everywhere Decker goes in this novel, and Skink is never far from his side. And, like all of Hiaasen's books, it ends so satisfactorily with the bad guys getting their just comeuppance so spectacularly in the end that you finish the book and smack your lips as if you have just pushed away from a delicious holiday feast.If you haven't read Hiaasen, you don't know what you are missing!
Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining book. A little unlikely in some places. The Skink character is marvelous.
hannahbond on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hiaasen's books are always fun to read, catching you up in silly details and the frenetic pace of a good whodunnit. Double Whammy does not disappoint. The main character is a lovable loser, a talented photographer whose life has been negatively impacted by his temper and lack of impulse control. A bunch of quirky, fun people fill this book, and the bad guys get their just due in the end. Very satisfying and enjoyable.
andyray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a good read with that former governor of florida named "skink" wandering throughout the book. "Double Whammy" refeers to a fishing lure used by bass fishermen.
mramos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Miami private eye R.J. Decker is hired to prove that the fishing tour's leading prizewinner is cheating. When the champ is murdered, Decker himself becomes the prime suspect. Realizing that he's been framed by his client, the detective sets out to clear himself with the help of a renegade police detective and a backwoods recluse. There is some strong language as usual.
jahjahdub on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You know what? It¿s not that hard to write a novel people will enjoy: a well-paced, believable narrative, interesting and distinctive characters with some sexual tension and humour to ease the thing along and you're pretty much there. You need a good reason to discard any of these if you expect anyone to be interested in your story.Luckily Hiaasen respects his readers enough to make his work enjoyable for them; that was refreshing. Sure, it doesn¿t offer much of an illumination on the human condition, but at least it¿s funny, which is more than you can say for Nausea. The characters are just dissimilar enough from stock genre-types to bring it to life, and with the swamp man Skink, Hiaasen hits on a memorable original.It¿s not going to change your life, and I suspect you could pretty much pick up any Hiaasen and have a similar experience; but it¿s a lot of fun, and surely the best novel exploring corruption in the world of competitive bass-fishing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not at all normal, but great in its way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read. Humor with a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read. Just enough craziness to make it pleasent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eccentric characters. Fabulously witty. Humorously accurate portrayal of bass fishing in the south. The fact that recurring characters appear in Hiaasen’s novels, in no particular order, in lieu of a “series” is, also, one of the best aspects of this author’s works. Anxiously anticipating my next Hiaasen novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's always a blast to read a Carl Hiassan novel. Fast moving, with a clear line between good and evil, and the bad guys always get what's coming to them in the most delightfully horrible way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, funny, funny
Drewano More than 1 year ago
A classic Hiaasen southern Florida ride! Back where it all started and we were introduced to Skink. From crazy people to crazy scenarios ‘Double Whammy’ takes the reader on an incredible summer vacation. This book follows the general Hiaasen blueprint so if you liked his other books you’ll like this one and if you didn’t well you probably want to skip it.
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A wild hilarious story. You won't be disappointed. 
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