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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I am glad I have a Kindle so I can get the definition of some of the words while reading. And if I was chuckling before knowing the exact definition - now I am laughing out loud! Read morePublished 4 days ago by E. Espinosa
Several great characters that are tied together very nicely at the end. As usual Carl put Florida's interesting history into an unusual mystery.Published 8 days ago by kristen
I found this book highly recommended by contributors to Amazon's Fiction Forum. Interested, I decided to check out its feedback ratings in the Amazon bookstore and here too, its... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Sombrio
Hoping there are more to follow....not enough Skink invovement in the story.Published 20 days ago by Sharron Jones
The opening scene cascades the story into a fast-paced hilarious mystery. I had read this book before, but needed to reread for a book club. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Delphimo