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You've got to hand it to Hiaasen: He's perfected a formula for crisply written, satirical crime fiction that makes the best use of imaginatively repulsive villains, as well as less thoroughly venal scoundrels and victims who ultimately overcome their antagonists, all while stumping for the preservation of Florida's environment, particularly the Everglades. In Skinny Dip, we find Chaz (who'd rather be golfing than puttering around the "hot, buggy, funky-smelling and treacherous" reaches of nature) falsifying water samples to help Hammernut turn the 'Glades into "Gods septic tank." That scheme, though, is endangered not just by Joey's sudden disappearance, but by the suspicions of a python-loving police detective and Chaz's own outstanding inability to tame his Viagra-enhanced tumescence. Even by assigning Chaz a baby-sitter--the hulking, hirsute, and painkiller-addicted Tool--Hammernut can't keep his pet biologist out of trouble. As Joey and Stranahan unfold their revenge plot, and Tool's conscience grows in competition with Chaz's ego, the reader can only marvel at the extent of the train wreck ahead.
As much fun as Hiaasen has delivering Chaz his climactic comeuppance, what's missing from Skinny Dip is a more complex, more credible development of Mick Stranahan's character and the relationship he builds with the much younger Joey Perrone. Like Erin Grant, from Strip Tease, Joey has far more going for her than her bra-cup size; but "hero" Stranahan is of far less interest here than any of his fellow players. --J. Kingston Pierce
I recommend Skinny Dip to anyone who is looking for a cleverly written story and wants a good laugh. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jennifer Sackett Wyatt
This book's plot had many twists and turns in it that I did not expect. The action starts immediately ;so you do not want to put the book down. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Carol Blair
Yes, the characters are outlandish. Yes, the first chapter is great. But the book goes downhill from there. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kenton L. Erwin
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I enjoyed the lighthearted nature of the book. Sometimes the accounts were so far fetched that they were not that funny to me (thus the 4 stars rather than five). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dana S. Smith
Well written with adventure on every page. The only concern I had was I felt the ending left things dangling. I would have liked more conclusion to it.Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Sampson