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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.
Not as sick as many of the other Hiaasen mysteries, but certainly worthwhile and entertaining. In fact, I'd almost call it "mellow' for him. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Singing Lemur
Carl Hiaasen always good for a laugh. Love the character Skink.Published 5 days ago by Patricia Griffith
I am a Carl Hiaasen fan and truly enjoy his books. This was another great read and is one of my favorites! Enjoyed it thourghly!!!Published 23 days ago by Bruce
This is the second book from Carl Hiaasen (Bad Monkey) and while entertaining it felt a bit disjointed. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Drew (@drewsant)
Hiaasen, always an engaging read. Very funny sub plot for dog lovers.Published 1 month ago by Reader
GREAT BOOK....MY MAIDEN VOYAGE INTO CARL HIASSEN'S LITERARY WORLD. I CAN TELL THIS WILL BE THE START OF MANY ADVENTURES IN HIS BOOKS. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andalusi
This was an entertaining story but the over-riding tree-hugger theme wasn't for me.Published 1 month ago by FXC3