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Skinny Dip Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2006
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Chaz Perrone might be the only marine scientist in the world who doesn't know which way the Gulf Stream runs. He might also be the only one who went into biology just to make a killing, and now he's found a way-doctoring water samples so that a ruthless agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the endangered Everglades. When Chaz suspects that his wife, Joey, has figured out his scam, he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner into the night-dark Atlantic. Unfortunately for Chaz, his wife doesn't die in the fall.
Clinging blindly to a bale of Jamaican pot, Joey Perrone is plucked from the ocean by former cop and current loner Mick Stranahan. Instead of rushing to the police and reporting her husband's crime, Joey decides to stay dead and (with Mick's help) screw with Chaz until he screws himself.
As Joey haunts and taunts her homicidal husband, as Chaz's cold-blooded cohorts in pollution grow uneasy about his ineptitude and increasingly erratic behavior, as Mick Stranahan discovers that six failed marriages and years of island solitude haven't killed the reckless romantic in him, we're taken on a hilarious, full-throttle, pure Hiaasen ride through the warped politics and mayhem of the human environment, and the human heart.
About the Author
Carl Hiaasen (pronounced "hiya-sun") was born and raised in South Florida and presently lives in Tavernier, smack in the middle of the Florida Keys. He attended Emory University and was graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Florida at Gainesville in 1974. Hiaasen began his journalism career writing weird public interest stories ("Garbageman for a day") at Cocoa Today (now the Melbourne-based Florida Today). He joined the Miami Herald in 1976, and since then has been a reporter for their general assignment desk, Sunday magazine and investigative team. As part of The Miami Herald's investigative team, Hiaasen has worked on projects exposing dangerous doctors in Florida, land corruption in the Florida Keys, and drug smuggling in the Bahamas and Key West. He is currently Metro columnist for the paper where his award-winning columns on rapacious development, egregious business practices, and corrupt politicians have helped clarify issues for the Florida citizenry. Carl Hiaasen turned his hand to fiction in the early eighties. His first novel, Tourist Season,was published in 1986 and named "one of the ten best destination reads of all time" by GQ Magazine. He is the author of five other best-selling novels, Double Whammy, Skin Tight, Native Tongue, Strip Tease and Stormy Weather. Louise Bernikow, writing in Cosmopolitan, calls Hiaasen's fiction "unbelievably funny -- tears-running-down-your-cheeks funny in spite of some pretty weighty themes like the destruction of the environment and the cut-throat ways of developers." Tony Hillerman calls Hiaasen "the Mark Twain of the crime novel." And Donald Westlake says "Hiaasen is so good he ought to be illegal." Hiaasen is also a songwriter, having co-wrote two songs on Warren Zevon's album. Mutineer (the two songs are Seminole Bingo and Rollweiler Blues). The film Strip Tease, based on Hiaasen's novel, directed by Andrew Bergman starring Demi Moore in pasties and Burt Reynolds in a hairpiece, was a recent major motion picture.
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I always enjoy Carl Hiaasen's satiric, comic novels - which generally highlight some atrocity humans are inflicting on the state of Florida. In this book, Hiassen concentrates on Everglades pollution.
The story: Chaz Perrone - who likes to be called 'Dr. Perrone' - has a Ph.D. in marine biology and a cushy job for the state of Florida - monitoring pollution in the Everglades. The thing is, Chaz should really be called 'Dr. Scumbag' because he's being paid off by Red Hammernut, a south Florida farmer whose fertilizer is contaminating the region. Chaz pretends to test Everglades water samples, makes up fake results, and collects his payoff. Job well done (in his own mind)!
Things start to go bottoms up when Chaz thinks his wife, Joey, has cottoned on to his scam. So Chaz takes Joey on a luxury cruise for their second wedding anniversary, and throws her overboard in the middle of the night. Chaz pretends to be overwrought about his 'missing wife', but Detective Karl Rolvaag - who gets the case when the ship returns to port - is immediately suspicious.
Meanwhile, Joey - a champion swimmer - has survived. She evaded predatory wildlife, latched onto a bale of marijuana, and drifted toward shore on the Gulf Stream.....all the time seething at her husband. Luckily, Joey was rescued by Mick Stranahan, a fiftyish ex-cop living on a tiny island off Florida's coast. After hearing Joey's story Mick wanted to call the police, but Joey had a better idea. She planned to drive that lowlife Chaz crazy!!
Chaz, convinced he got away with murder, proceeds to live his life. He rids the house of Joey's belongings; romances his long-time girlfriend/hairdresser Ricca Spillman; and dreams of a fruitful, long-lasting partnership with Red. Though Chaz is repeatedly questioned by Detective Rolvaag (à la Columbo), he believes there's no proof of his crime.
Joey starts her campaign against dirtbag Chaz by hanging a favorite black dress in her (now empty) closet and leaving a torn photo under his pillow. Chaz is bewildered, and thinks some stranger is breaking into his house. When Chaz reports the intrusion to Red Hammernut, the farmer saddles Chaz with a 'bodyguard' - a big, hairy galoot named Earl O'Toole ('Tool').
Tool is in pain from a bullet lodged mid-butt, so he sneaks into hospitals/nursing homes and peels Fantanyl patches off elderly patients - then puts them on his roughly shaved back. In the course of this larceny Tool meets an elderly lady, Maureen, and they develop a rather sweet friendship.
Through all this, Joey continues to play tricks on Chaz - with the help of her brother Corbett and Mick. As the pranks excalate, Chaz's anxiety increases, and he becomes alarmed when he 'can't get it up anymore.' Chaz starts taking 'little blue pills' - and the results are priceless. Eventually Joey and her fellow tricksters perpetrate a jaw-dropping hoax, which is wonderfully effective. As they spend time together, Joey and Mick develop an attraction, which should appeal to romance fans.
As Chaz's life falls apart, he starts to become suspicious of everyone around him. In fact - in the course of the story - Chaz 'kills' several people. However, none of them stay dead. LOL
All this action and hilarity leads to an appropriate climax that's quite satisfying.
Some fun animal characters in the story (besides the Everglades alligators and mosquitoes that freak Chaz out) are: Mick's dog - a lovable, but slow-witted Doberman called Strom, who tries to bark potential intruders away from the island; and Detective Rolvaag's two pet pythons - who don't have much personality....but might just be eating the building's pet cats and dogs.
I enjoyed the book, which made me laugh. Recommended to fans of light, amusing books (with a message).
Joey is a rich woman worth 13 million when her parents were killed in a plane crash. That part of the story is even funny as is much in the book. There are many good laughs to be gotten. This is a murder story but so much fun to read. There are a few baddies. One character decides to mend his ways and become a good guy with a heart of gold.
Joey, for some unknown reason, marries Chaz Perrone, good look, fast talking, but a rat not worth the love of a good woman. He cheats on his wife and tries to drown her on their second anniversary that the couple on a cruise to celebrate. He pushes her overboard. Why does he want to get rid of her? The couple have signed a paper stating that Chaz will not inherit. Readers must find out why. A murder mystery this is. So Chaz is a grieving widower so he proclaims. Chazs' boss is very wealthy man; a crook which is how he made much of his millions. This man is trying to ruin the Everglades with the help of Chaz who is a self proclaimed biologist though he hates nature and being out in the wilderness.
Joey is a great swimmer and was a champion swimmer on a college swimming team; therefore manages to swim by hanging onto a bale of Jamaican pot. She is rescued by a man, Mick Stranahan, who has been married six times, he goes in and out of ladies. So Joey is saved. Mick lives on a tiny island off the coast near Miami with his dog. The two of them have fun taunting Chaz to pretend that he is being haunted by the ghost of his dead wife. The pair really like playing this game. The two go into Chaz's house and rearrange things confusing him. There is a huge hairy man who looks as though he is wearing a hair shirt and enjoys eating alligator meat. The millionaire is a scrawny, bow legged little guy who loves money and can't get enough of it.
The book is fun and more than good for laughs. It is not your usual murder mystery because it contains so much humor. The baddies get their rightful rewards. Nothing serious just fun and a good read. Fun! Fun! More Fun! Enjoy.
In "Skinny Dip", Hiaasen does just that again. Hilariously funny and heart-string-tugging is this novel which revolves around a crazy cast of characters—including a couple of appearances by one of Hiaasen's most legendary of them all.
The plot is fairly decent, but you get the sense that Hiaasen is giving it his all—and making it work. Excellent author. For me, the ending was simply a tear-jerker, what with "Tool" and "Maureen" and their unlikely friendship. I speak in these tones so as not to give too much away. I hate spoiling, but I really liked this book. I both laughed out loud and cried. "Skinny Dip" is well worth the read—as all of Hiaasen's masterpieces are.
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The pace of the story. Chaz got what w as coming to him but I would have liked to know exactly what he got.