By Carl Hiaasen
R.J. Decker, famous person tenant of the neighborhood trailer park and neophyte inner most eye is fishing for a killer. due to a sportsman's rip-off that is something yet sportsmanlike, there is a physique floating in Coon bathroom, Florida -- and much that is rotten within the murky waters of big-stakes, large-mouth bass tournaments. the following Decker will group up with a half-blind, half-mad hermit with an urge for food for street kill; dare to kiss his ex-wife whereas she's in mattress together with her new husband; and face lethal television evangelists, dangerously seductive ladies, and a pistol-toting redneck with a pit bull on his arm. And the following his personal existence turns into a part of the stakes. For whereas the "double whammy" is the entice, first prize is for the main creative homicide.
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