Lucky You

Lucky You

Book - 1997 | First edition.
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Grange, Florida, is famous for its miracles--the weeping fiberglass Madonna, the Road-Stain Jesus, the stigmata man. And now it has JoLayne Lucks, unlikely winner of the state lottery. Unfortunately, JoLayne's winning ticket isn't the only one. The other belongs to Bodean Gazzer and his raunchy sidekick, Chub, who believe they're entitled to the whole $28 million jackpot. And they need it quickly, to start their own underground militia before NATO troops invade America. But JoLayne Lucks has her own plans for the Lotto money--an Eden-like forest in Grange must be saved from strip-malling. When Bode and Chub brutally assault her and steal her ticket, JoLayne vows to track them down, take it back--and get revenge. The only one who can help is Tom Krome, a big-city investigative journalist now bitterly consigned to writing frothy features for a midsized central Florida newspaper. With a persuasive nudge from JoLayne, Krome is about to become part of a story that's bigger and more bizarre than anything he's ever covered. Chasing two heavily armed psychopaths down the coast of Florida is reckless enough, but Tom's got other problems--the murderous attention of a jealous judge; an actress wife who turns fugitive to avoid divorce court; an editor who speaks in tongues; and Tom's own growing fondness for the future millionairess with whom he's risking his neck. The pursuit takes them from the surreal streets of Grange to a buzzard-infested island deep in Florida Bay, where they finally catch up with the fledgling militia--Chub, Bode Gazzer, a newly recruited convenience-store clerk and their baffled hostage, a Hooters waitress. The climax explodes with the hilarious mayhem that is Carl Hiaasen's hallmark. Lucky You is his funniest, most deliriously gripping novel yet.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [1997]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©1997
ISBN: 9780679454441
Branch Call Number: FIC Hiaas
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 14, 2019

For fans of Elmore Leonard and Charles Willeford. Great use of the Florida setting.

Mar 09, 2015

First time I've read Carl Hiassen. Funny concepts but the execution of them wears on you after awhile. This book took me almost two months to read because I couldn't really get into a consistent flow (and I usually read a book in a few days). All that aside, it's worth a read because his ideas are so original. I don't plan on reading him again though. B- -----Midas the Madman (PAY ME JACK!)

Nov 12, 2014

I have always loved Hiasson's brand of off-kilter humor. At first I found Lucky You to be somewhat tiresome. But I stuck with it to find myself drawn into the exploits of the characters. Glad I did.

Feb 03, 2014

Read a few of Hiassen's books and this one is best. A great plot with humorous sideshows from start to finish.

Jul 24, 2011

Lucky You ---- by Carl Hiaasen c - 1997 ---- This story is above the Average: Funny, fast paced and a standard conflict. Still it is Hiaasen and worth your time. ---- Enjoy ---- RichardPaul

Aug 21, 2010

Laugh out loud funny. Hiaasen masterfully combines kooky characters, ecological concerns and a bit of mystery in his stories. Entertaining and a fun, quick read.

Mar 12, 2009

This is a great humorous novel! 10 of 10 stars


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Feb 03, 2014

From Wikipedia 2 of 2: A series of unhealthy friendships eventually drew Bode Gazzer into the culture of hate and hard-core bigotry. Previously, when dishing out fault for his plight, Bode had targeted generic authority figures - parents, brothers, cops, judges - without considering factors such as race, religion or ethnicity. He'd swung broadly, and without much impact. But xenophobia and racism infused his griping with new vitriol."

Feb 03, 2014

From wikipedia 1 of 2: Bodean James Gazzer had spent thirty-one years perfecting the art of assigning blame. His personal credo - Everything bad that happens is someone else's fault - could, with imagination, be stretched to fit any circumstance. Bode stretched it. The intestinal unrest that occasionally afflicted him surely was the result of drinking milk taken from secretly radiated cows. The roaches in his apartment were planted by his filthy immigrant next-door neighbors. His dire financial plight was caused by runaway bank computers and conniving Wall Street Zionists; his bad luck in the South Florida job market, prejudice against English-speaking applicants. Even the lousy weather had a culprit: air pollution from Canada, diluting the ozone and derailing the jet stream...

Feb 03, 2014

On one of the lowlifes: When he was 24, Onus accidentally landed a well-paying job at a home furnishings warehouse. Thanks to an aggressive union local, he managed to remain employed for 6 years despite a wretched attendance record, exhaustively documented incompetence and a perilous affinity for carpet glue. Stoned to the gills, Onus one day crashed a forklift into a Snapple machine a low-speed mishap that he parlayed into an exorbitant claim for worker's compensation.

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