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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.
A fun vacation book, especially if vacationing in Florida. The characters are kooky and disfunctional. The plot twists and turns to add to the enjoyment.Published 1 day ago by Nana
My first read of this writer and I belly-laughed through the whole book. Loved all the characters. They were rich and believable.Published 3 days ago by Paul J. Tausek
Absolutely loved this book! It started off so well and kept my attention the whole way through. The ending seemed "cut-off" and I didn't care for it much. Read morePublished 5 days ago by school_teacher585
The frist book I read by Carl Haasen was Stormy Weather and I thought that was a great read, and for some reason reminded me of Janet E's books the Susan Plum series.Published 14 days ago by cathyheyd
Easy to read - and funny too. A great book for at the beach, on vacation, or just a way to 'get away' at home.Published 27 days ago by Maris T.Edwards
This book was just fun to read. Characters remained true to their personality. Many of the things that happened were implausible but it was so much fun you just go with it. Read morePublished 29 days ago by vicali
Love Hiaasen and this book captured all that I love in mystery, humor, intrigue and down right love of the salt life.Published 29 days ago by Patricia Douglas
The book was a used hardback novel. It was in good shape when it arrived and we passed it on to someone else to use.Published 1 month ago by Earl McCauley
A great read. Recommend reading Hiaasen"s "Skin Tight" first to get all the background on Stranahan. The ultimate summer beach read.Published 1 month ago by William F. Stringer