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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 his best, I thought. Question of sexual content is implied, not graphically explicit--no big deal, IMO. Read morePublished 14 days ago by David S.
It was good but I didn't feel it was his best. The story is long and complicated. It was funny at times and sick at times - I guess that is where he got the title to the book. Read morePublished 16 days ago by J Evans
Kept my interest throughout. Humor was very good not ridiculous. I liked it... might even make a good movie with the Rock as Skink.Published 26 days ago by rayzr6616
Fun read. Hiaasen is a sick puppy and his books bring laughter like no books I have ever read. I also experienced a truism from the book. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Harry Morrison
My son is a fan of Hiassen's kids' books. This popped up as a recommendation so I bought it and gave it to him this morning. THIS IS NOT A KIDS BOOK! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beesly