Popular author Carl Hiaasen
(pictured) will be dropping into the Triangle this week to read from his new book, Basket Case
. In this novel, Hiaasen gets back to his roots with a mystery story flavored with humor. Jack Tagger, formerly a hotshot investigative reporter, has been reduced to writing obits for a South Florida daily. When Jimmy Stoma, front man of a local band, is found dead in a scuba "accident," Tagger decides it's just the moment to take his investigative reporting skills out of mothballs and revive his reporting career--if
he can find out what happened. With clues from the dead singer's music, Tagger unravels Stomas's fate. Hear Hiaasen read from Basket Case
Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham and Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at McIntyre's Fine Books in Pittsboro's Fearrington Village Center. Call 545-5704 for details.