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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.
Tedious after a while and the ending with all its neat little "bows" made the read not worth it.Published 5 days ago by Sami
Carl Hiaasen is the best when it comes to writing about Florida. Excellent read!Published 8 days ago by Roy Tamir
Love Hiaasen. If you ever lived in Florida, which I did, and do now, you cannot help but laugh at the story line.Published 9 days ago by Kenneth Lewis
Great book and story line! Read it while I was on a Caribbean cruise with a tour of the Everglades immediately following. Eerie but fun. Loved the book.Published 19 days ago by Don Vsetecka
Love Carl H! His characters are lovable/hilarious and believe it not__believable. Can't get enough..Published 28 days ago by carol canipe
Written in a marvelously humorous style, the story has a fascinating and somewhat complex plot. The characters are both bizarre and memorable. A wonderfully entertaining book.Published 1 month ago by Deane Bottorf
I love Carl Hiaasen, and actually this is one of my favorites of his so far!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer