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Lucky You (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

Lucky You (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) [Kindle Edition]

Carl Hiaasen
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From Kirkus Reviews

As soon as an informative headnote warns that ``there is no approved dental use for WD-40,'' you can relax, knowing that you're in for several blissful hours in the hands of a master farceur whose subject this time is what passes in South Florida for providence. Even though she's confirmed the winning numbers on her Lotto ticket, placid veterinary assistant JoLayne Lucks refuses to give an interview to rolling-stone Register features writer Tom Krome. Hoping to rescue the turtles of Simmons Wood from mob-backed development by buying the parcel out of her half of the $28 million jackpot, she doesn't see any point in telling the world she's rich. Then, suddenly, she isn't, because the holder of the other winning ticket, halfwit white supremacist Bodean Gazzer, decides to double his own payout by heisting her ticket. Bode and his sidekick Chub have their own public-spirited vision for the prize: arming the White Rebel Brotherhood (membership 2 and growing) in preparation for the UN-sponsored invasion of the US via all those unused handicapped-parking spaces. Along with the obligatory romantic complications, Hiaasen provides an alarmingly comical parade of spiritual counterparts to the providential nostrum of the Florida lottery: the weeping fiberglass Madonna, the Road-Stain Jesus, the miraculous apostolic turtles who bring nirvana to the features editor sent to retrieve Krome after he takes off with JoLayne in pursuit of the Lotto thieves. Not even Hiaasen (Stormy Weather, 1995, etc.) can sustain this balancing act forever, and eventually it collapses like a house of cards. But for an impossibly long time, the whole wild sideshow seethes and boils with all the grinning vitality of a ``Have a Nice Day'' poster reimagined by Hieronymous Bosch. Just when you think Hiaasen can't outdo himself, he finds more lunatics who just happen to tap into your deepest fears about America. Makes you wonder. (First printing of 200,000; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection/Quality Paperback Book Club selection) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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JoLayne Lucks has one of two winning lottery tickets each worth a cool $14 million. She plans to spend it rescuing a local plot of swampland from a strip mall developer. The holders of the other winning ticket, however, are Bode Gazzer and his sidekick, Chubb, who want the whole $28 million. Afire with paramilitary fervor, Bode and Chubb need the cash to bankroll the start-up of the White Clarion Aryans before NATO takes over America with a handicapped parking sticker scam. They steal JoLayne's ticket, but before they can cash it she mounts a hot pursuit with the help of local journalist Tom Krome. As they chase Bode and Chubb through the swamps and sleazy dives, dodging bullets and local religious fanatics, Tom and JoLayne leave a wake of mayhem and hilarity. This is Hiaasen (Naked Came the Manatee, LJ 1/97) at his wacky best?a steamy amalgam of raunch, righteousness, and riotous laughs. Highly recommended.
-?Susan Gene Clifford, Aerospace Corp., El Segundo, Cal.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1339 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 500 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: B00FPZIFWU
  • Verlag: Vintage (18. August 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003Z9KFCG
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The odds of being struck by lighting is something just under than 7 million to one. The odds of winning the Floridia lottery are around 14 million to one, so I always figured that after I got struck the second time, I'd buy me a Lotto ticket. I'm sorry to say, as yet, I haven't got hit so's much as once.
Good fortune recently came however, not in a series of six numbers, but in the form of Carl Hiaasen's latest comic novel, "Lucky You." Fans of earlier deranged trips through Flodida such as "Native Tongue" and "Double Whammy" will again be rewarded for thier investment. Hiaasen has pulled together his best-yet cast of misfits, wannabes, and reluctant heros to infect the Florida landscape. A lottery ticket worth 14 million has been stolen from a small-town veterinarian's assistant, JoLayne. Feature reporter Tom Krone is onboard for the wild ride as the two track down the pathetic thieves and would-be white supremacists, Bodean and Chub.
The small town itself serves as the twisted touchstone for the hilarious plot, a place where Christian pilgrims gather to witness the "Weeping" Madonna ("Charlie"-scented tears), the Apolisitic Turtles, and brake-fluid Jesus. When the latter becomes the victim of scheduled road maintainence, a minor character reflects on the loss to the apparition's sponsor, "She's had a bad day. The D.O.T. paved her road stain."
The generous dialogue afforded even lessor roles proves beyond doubt that the author has achieved new heights of colloquial brilliance.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Unbelievable, with a weak plot 20. Juli 1998
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Lucky You has decent characters, but a lousy plot. It's the first Hiaasen book I've read, and admittedly it may be my last. His two dirt-bag characters, Chub and Bode were the only interesting oddities in the entire book. Their intense rascism and hard to believe ignorance and stupidiy was funny in small doses. But half way through the book I found myself getting sick of even them: nobody can be THAT stupid and ignorant. The other characters in the novel I'll forget in about two days. Joylane Lucks was the main character in the novel: A black woman that wins millions in lottery money and decides to save some private wilderness property with her winnings. The thing is, she gets only half of the lotto money due to there being two winning numbers. But fourteen million is nothing to scoff at, and she doesn't.
Bode and chub, the aforementioned redneck hillbillys, get the other winning ticket. But Bode isn't satisfied with just one measly ticket, he gets gree! dy. In order to get their wacko rascist militia off to a rousing start they need all the money they can get their hands on. We all know what happens next: They steal the ticket of course. Enter Krome, (I'll forget his name after this review is finished), a newspaper writer with a wife he can't get rid of and an editor he can't stand. He is assigned to do a story on Joylayne and her winning ticket, but somehow gets involved in the hunting down of the men that took it from her.
The town that this takes place in is an odd and curious place where religion is taken very seriously , while at the same time is not taken very seriously at all. The town is full of religious sites and crazy people that will do anything for a buck: even put holes in their hands and feet, pretending to be a descendent of Christ himself!
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When asked where he gets the ideas for his deliciously delirious crime thrillers, packed with murderous lowlifes, unscrupulous con men, and ingenious plot twists, Carl Hiaasen always says he just reads the articles in The Miami Herald, for which he writes a biting investigative column. Truth, it seems, may not be stranger than fiction, but it's equally entertaining. Hiaasen is hardly the only writer to take notice of the great material laying around Dade County: Florida breeds crime novelists as fast as it breeds criminals. But he's the class of the bunch-a riotously funny writer who, in bringing to life the various absurdities he sees and reads about, creates full-bodied, red-blooded characters and treats them humanely, even the bad guys.
Unlike most of his contemporaries, Hiaasen uses no running characters, outside of a couple of supporting players who've made a handful of appearances. But he might as well, since his books generally feature the same basic cast: the reluctant hero, a journalist or ex-journalist working as or playing at being a private eye; a smart and sassy love interest; a gorgeous dame of questionable ethics; and, most memorably, a muscle-bound bad guy impervious to pain. Hiaasen's seventh solo novel, "Lucky You," follows the same basic pattern. For those who've enjoyed "Tourist Season" or "Native Tongue" or "Skin Tight," it's easy to slip into-indeed, a little *too* easy. Like the other books, "Lucky You" is a marvelous read, but it's OK to feel a smidgen of disappointment that the rewards aren't deeper; it just doesn't make you work hard enough.
The story begins with a lottery drawing that makes the holders of two tickets very happy-$14 million happy.
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