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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.
Fast read page turner. Very light summer reading. I'm new to Florida. The book takes place all over Florida so it gave me a nice introduction to the geography of my adopted state.Published 1 day ago by Millard F. Johnson
This is the book that launched me into reading ALL of Carl Hiassen books. I love this book - it is penultimate entertainment. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Gwen
Many members of our family are big fans of Carl Hiaasen and have read all of his books. I think "Sick Puppy", which I have read already and given to a friend so that I had... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Suzarita
You'll love this book if you have even a smidge of humor - so long as you're all right with revenge, action, and thrills.Published 1 month ago by M.L.
This is a fun, easy read, with a more serious ecological message. Several lovable characters, including a lovable black lab, along with several despicable politicians and land... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dirk