Title: BASKET CASE - Scarce Pristine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 317 pages. Published in 2002. The author's ninth novel. One of Carl Hiaasen's funniest books. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a large first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Carl Hiaasen's "Basket Case". His satirical glance at the music industry. The "basket case" of the title is pop music itself. "Take one dead rock & roll star, his Courtney Love-type widow, the mysterious deaths of his former bandmates, and the lost tracks of a comeback album. Put them in the hands of a master like Carl Hiaasen, who adds his trademark flourishes, and the result is a winner. Florida is full of caper writers with journalistic credentials, and plenty of them have a deft hand with quirky characters, but no one in the genre is better than Hiaasen" (Jane Adams). An absolute "must-have" title for Carl Hiaasen collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Carl Hiaasen. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CARL HIAASEN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0375411070. Bookseller Inventory # 10486
Synopsis: Once a hotshot investigative reporter, Jack Tagger now bangs out obituaries for a South Florida daily, plotting to resurrect my newspaper career by yoking my byline to some famous stiff. Jimmy Stoma, the infamous front man of Jimmy and the Slut Puppies, dead in a fishy-smelling scuba accident, might be the stiff of Jack s dreams if only he can figure out what happened.
Standing in the way are (among others) his ambitious young editor, who hasn t yet fired anyone but plans to break her cherry on Jack; the rock star s pop-singer widow, who s using the occasion of her husband s death to re-launch her own career; and the soulless, profit-hungry owner of the newspaper, whom Jack once publicly humiliated at a stockholders meeting.
With clues from the dead rock singer s music, Jack ultimately unravels Jimmy Stoma s strange fate in a hilariously hard-won triumph for muckraking journalism, and for the death-obsessed obituary writer himself.
Always be halfway prepared is Jack Tagger s motto and it s more than enough to guarantee a wickedly funny, brilliantly entertaining novel from Carl Hiaasen.
Review: Take one dead rock & roll star, his Courtney Love-type widow, the mysterious deaths of his former bandmates, and the lost tracks of a comeback album. Stir in Jack Tagger, a middle-aged investigative reporter obsessed with death since his banishment to the obit desk; a fetching young editor with a yen for our hero; and a boss looking for a reason to fire him. Put them in the hands of a master like Carl Hiaasen, who adds his trademark flourishes (who else would use a frozen lizard as a weapon?) to a creaky plot like this one, and the result is a winner. Florida is full of caper writers with journalistic credentials, and plenty of them have a deft hand with quirky characters, but no one in the genre is better than Hiaasen. --Jane Adams
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