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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.
Gut-wrenchingly funny. Sick and twisted, but so well written!!Published 3 days ago by Grace A. Carr
Carl Hiaasen seems to write about half his books in a bad mood and his writing reflects it. This book does not have one sympathetic character. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Eric Rogers
I love everyone of his books. Initially attracted to the satirical writing and now obsessed with casting the Skink books in my imagination. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Nancy A. Henriksen
Not as good as some of his other books.
I did enjoy when Clinton Tyree made an appearance a little over halfway through the book. Read more
Carl Hiaasen never let's me down. Another great read.Published 18 days ago by Cathy Greene-MacKenzie