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Lucky You

Carl Hiaasen: Lucky You (UK 1999)

From the Publisher:
JoLayne Lucks played the same numbers she'd played every Saturday for five years: 17-19-22-24-27-30. The significance of the Lotto numbers was this: each represented an age at which she jettisoned a burdensome man. At 17 it was Rick the Pontiac mechanic. At 19 it was Rick's brother Robert. At 22 it was a stockbroker named Colavito, twice JoLayne's age, who'd delivered on none of his promises. At 24 it was a policeman, another Robert, who got in trouble for fixing traffic tickets in exchange for sex. At 27 it was Neal the chiropractor, a well-meaning but unbearable codependent. And at 30, JoLayne dumped Lawrence, a lawyer, her one and only husband. Now the discarded men from JoLayne's life had finally amounted to something. Twenty-eight million dollars, to be precise.

Carl Hiaasen: Lucky You. Pan Books, ISBN: 0330369032 (May, 1999), 486 p., £5.99.

 

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Lucky You

Carl Hiaasen: Lucky You (USA 1998)

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JoLayne Lucks lives in a town infamous for its suspicious miracles, but she's still elated when her lottery numbers finally pay off big: $28 million to be exact. And she has great plans for her fortune: to save a rare piece of Florida paradise from the bulldozers.

Only one problem: There's another winning Lotto ticket, and the people who've got it just never learned how to share. When the two militia wannabes swipe JoLayne's ticket, she enlists an off-the-rails newspaperman to help her track down the trigger-happy creeps and their bewildered hostage, a Hooters' waitress. Getting rich quick is never easy... LUCKY YOU

Carl Hiaasen: Lucky You. Warner Vision, ISBN: 0446604658 (October, 1998), 483 p., $7.99.

 

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Lucky You

Carl Hiaasen: Lucky You (USA 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 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.

Carl Hiaasen: Lucky You. Alfred A. Knopf, ISBN: 0679454446 (October, 1997), 353 p., $24.00.

 

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