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 profession by means of yoking my byline to a few well-known stiff." Jimmy Stoma, the notorious entrance guy of Jimmy and the Slut doggies, lifeless in a fishy-smelling scuba "accident," can be the stiff of Jack's dreams--if in simple terms he can determine what happened.
Standing within the means are (among others) his formidable younger editor, who hasn't but fired somebody yet plans to "break her cherry" on Jack; the rock star's pop-singer widow, who's utilizing the party of her husband's demise to re-launch her personal occupation; 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 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 unique novel from Carl Hiaasen
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