Basket Case is Carl Hiaasen in top form. The plot involves a cynical journalist, a murdered rock star, the rock star’s shallow and slutty wife, and a young editor the cynical journalist wants to save from the drudgeries of the current-day newsroom.
Set against a backdrop of Florida’s corrupt politics and the evisceration in the name of profits of newspapers, and involving a well-drawn cast of quirky characters, Basket Case is fast-moving and engaging. Hiaasen writes with great economy and verve, and nails each and every scene.
At the same time, as is Hiaasen’s trademark, the novel is full of black, biting humor.
An excellent read.
Listening to: Stream from Secret Agent
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.