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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 chose this rating because I couldn't put the book down. What a suspencful book. I didn't want to stop reading.Published 2 days ago by Judy Snook
Very disappointing. I read Star Island some time ago and liked it. Then, just recently, I read Bad Monkey and I really liked that. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Anthony P. Hart
Couln't put it down once I read the dust jacket intro. I have recommended this book to my friends as a grea read! I love the justice in this book. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Mary Frohn
I really liked this book - The story line developed quickly and easily and was a very fun, easy read...The Characters are very detailed in a quirky, silly, kinda weird way! Read morePublished 17 days ago by Michelle R. Dellecave
I like Carl enough to have read almost all of his work. From time to time, I give a starter book to a friend trying to choose one early enough in his list so to catch some of the... Read morePublished 19 days ago by John W. Van Hoy III
My favorite Hiaasen to date. A couple of things I really like about this author. His characters reveal themselves through their actions and dialogue, not through lengthy... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Shane Wrixon-Becher
Excellent book, love the humor and the writing style, I am now a Carl Hiaasen fan!! I never cared much for FL, but now I see it in a whole new light.Published 1 month ago by D. D'Lane
Hiaasen, you clever, devious, comical, horny old man, you did it again, drew me into your story like like a hippo caught in an everglades sink hole. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Glenn R. Bell
This book was an easy, entertaining read. I found myself not able to put it down...constantly wondering what would happen next. I wasn't a huge fan of the ending... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kimberly Spears