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 few recognized stiff." Jimmy Stoma, the notorious entrance guy of Jimmy and the Slut pups, lifeless in a fishy-smelling scuba "accident," could be the stiff of Jack's dreams--if purely he can work out what happened.
Standing within the method 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 get together of her husband's loss of life 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 song, Jack eventually 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 unique novel from Carl Hiaasen
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