Lucky You

Lucky You

A Novel

Large Print - 1997
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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 want the whole $28 million jackpot to start their own underground militia. But JoLayne Lucks has her own plans for the Lotto money, and when Bode and Chub brutally assault her and steal her ticket, she 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 writing frothy features for a mid-sized newspaper. He 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 is reckless enough, but Tom's got other problems-including his fugitive wife and his own growing fondness for the future millionairess with whom he's risking his neck. The pursuit takes them to a buzzard-infested island deep in Florida Bay, where they finally catch up with the fledgling militia-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 : Published by Random House Large Print in association with Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1997.
ISBN: 9780679774518
0679774513
Characteristics: 569 pages (large print) ;,24 cm.

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midasthemadman
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!)

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Dreamstime
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.

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jimg2000
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.

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RichardPaul
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

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mamathang
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.

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nitetraino
Mar 12, 2009

This is a great humorous novel! 10 of 10 stars

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jimg2000
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."

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jimg2000
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...

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jimg2000
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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robertrweller Jun 12, 2014

robertrweller thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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