Sunday, May 1, 2011
Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen
Book: Double Whammy
Author: Carl Hiaasen
Recommended To: Hiaasen Fans, Fishermen.
This was one of Hiaasen's first novels - I didn't know this until the elusive Skink showed up and he still had both of his eyes. This is a recurring and magnificent character in Hiaasen's works and you get a lot of background on Skink in this book.
In this book the main character is hired to research incidences of cheating in bass fishing tournaments and during those escapades - there are lots of creative murders and drama that make this book so classically Hiaasen.
This book is a lot darker and a bit less funny than some of his other books, which is why I gave it the B rating. But, overall I will never fall out of love with Hiaasen's work. He is an extremely talented and well written author that never leaves his audience stranded.
I almost wish that I had read his books in order - but unfortunately I've had to piece together Skink's character and history from the many books where he is featured. So, that is my recommendation to new Hiaasen readers - find his website and read them in order - it isn't at all necessary, but it will help if you are interested in the chronology of Skink. What a goofy sentence!
This book is a solid B for its darker story line. But, nevertheless I enjoyed it.