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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.
Very memorable characters, plot is a bit bizarre,but thoroughly enjoyed it. I have read this author's work before and will read more in the future.Published 1 day ago by Russ Cummings
Skinny Dip is another great ride from Hiaasen, although a bit of a twist from the norm. The bad guy in this one never seems to catch up, which makes the way this book unfolds even... Read morePublished 3 days ago by RK
Very entertaining book. The characters were engaging and it was very visual. I would read other titles by this author.
Was not sure what to expect, but this book starts off with a compelling situation and slides into a tale of retribution, sarcasm and human stupidity. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Ray Levitzki
Good quick read...loved the initial hook of the plot...interesting characters and twists...would recommend as a good beach book...I read it while vacationing in FloridaPublished 21 days ago by melodie daily
Great casual read. Love the characters!!! Typical Hiaasen story with the usual turns and twists you would expect. Looking forward to more of his books.Published 24 days ago by jpm
Carl Hiaasen's characters are fantastic! I have enjoyed reading his funny and suspenseful tales. The charming Mick Stranahan is one of my favorite Hiaasen characters, and was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Monica
Great from the first sentence to the last. Glad to have come across this author. Will look forward to next.
Carl has a delightful sense of humor and a style that keeps you involved in the story throughout. loved it.Published 1 month ago by James S Lyon