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Soon Boodle and Stoat's wife, Desie, are fugitives from Florida's nature despoilers (who include the Governor, a "gladhanding maggot," the amusingly slimy Stoat, the human bulldozer Krimmler, the cocaine-importer-turned-developer Clapley, and the hit man Mr. Gash, who's fond of sex with multiple beach bimbos in iguana-skin sex harnesses to the tunes of The World's Most Blood Curdling Emergency Calls). Desie, who has a knack for calamitous romance, is smitten with Twilly, but urges him not to kill any litterbugs or pelican molesters: "Jail would not be good for this relationship." What keeps pure farce at bay in a novel that romps with the abandon of a scent-crazed Labrador is the otherwise charming Twilly's creepy edge of implacable fanaticism. And what redeems the funny/ugly violence from cliché is its colorful bad guys (they're as iridescent as oil slicks), Hiaasen's excellent wit, and the music of his prose. To evoke a drunk asleep on the beach, he adds a pungent detail: "a gleaming stellate dollop of seagull shit decorated his forehead."
Hiaasen is not unflawed. His original eco-terrorist character, ex-Florida governor Clinton "Skink" Tyree, seems like an interloper from the earlier books. But Hiaasen's the master of madcap ensembles (which is partly why the star-vehicle film of his fine book Strip Tease flopped). And even when you can see a chase scene's denouement coming for a beachfront mile, each paragraph packs descriptive delights to keep you going at breakneck pace. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Easy, fast read. Makes you take a long look at our political / lobby system.Published 17 days ago by Greg
The book is good but I expected the condition of the book to be better. The pages were all yellowed and the book appeared to be old.Published 23 days ago by Gretchen Mobley
A person only gets so many hours in his life. I shouldn't have spent them reading this. But if you have some spare time, it is clever with unpredictable twists and turns. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
Ellen R. Rigby, author of Southern Fried Skeletons.I am so glad I found this book and read it. Anybody with a twisted sense of humor should do the same, therefore I will be... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ellen R. Rigby
Great book. Exactly the kind of entertaining story you'd expect from one of his booksPublished 1 month ago by Mark Romanelli