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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.
What a great book. Loved the characters. Can't wait to read another by Carl Hiaasen.Published 4 days ago by Margaret Kehres
I will unabashedly rate this book as entertainment at it best. I loved the way the author kept everyone in character yet allowed certain characters to evolve into champions of... Read morePublished 9 days ago by bob l chapman
The stories are somewhat the same but ALWAYS entertainingPublished 11 days ago by Charles Schlumberger
Carl Hiaasen books, set in Florida, feature kooky characters that are totally entertaining.Published 18 days ago by Susan Kiley
The title and the cover are fantastic. The book is just amazing!
I cannot get enough of Carl Hiaasen.
I found this book to be a good page turner, and a particularly good read for a plane flight from Tampa to Boston. I appreciated the Floridian landscape. Read morePublished 27 days ago by heuristik