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Skinny Dipby Carl Hiaasen
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"In the end, the book feels like a cruise aboard a well-appointed boat that leaks. The ride is comfortable and fun until the underlying structure sinks." Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun
"Carl Hiaasen at his merry-prankster best....It's a testament to Hiaasen's talent that he can maintain his freshness and control after 10 novels — even if he may bemoan the fact that he'll probably never run short of material." Michele Ross, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"[Hiaasen] has produced his best work to date with his newest novel, Skinny Dip....Hiaasen has taken a subtle but impressive step forward in what is already a literary career to be proud of." Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This is pretty standard stuff, but in Hiaasen's hands it becomes a stinging and ridiculously funny tour de farce....Skinny Dip is not just good fun and good Hiaasen; it's excellent social commentary without the long faces." Sam Harrison, Miami Herald
"Plenty of successful popular-fiction writers really know how to flog a winning formula, but few turn out books as relentlessly enjoyable as Carl Hiaasen's....
"[T]his may be one of his best yet....Hiaasen brings us fresh, new and appealing characters, a plot to keep you turning the pages, and his usual humorous swipe at the bad guys who continue...to despoil Florida's ecosystem." Roz Shea, BookReporter.com
"Hiaasen seems to have turned down the burner on the sarcasm....Hiaasen may have lost a bit of the anger, but — rest assured — he's in the best of humors for this latest." Rocky Mountain News
"Carl Hiaasen's latest comedy of ill manners is so dense with absurdities and outrages that you're tempted to think his word processor's been outfitted with a sleaze compactor." Newsday
"Hiaasen ultimately does not trust his readers enough to challenge them by dropping the shtick, the tricks with smoke and mirrors, and applying his intelligence to fashioning serious characters learning serious lessons." Chicago Sun-Times
"Writers who can construct a wide-ranging plot without losing sight of the mystery at its center are rare; Hiaasen is one....Skinny Dip is...rich with incidental rewards — wry lines, savagely etched minor characters, comic set pieces... (Grade: A)" Entertainment Weekly
A shady marine scientist suspects that his wife knows that he has been doctoring water samples so that a ruthless tycoon can continue polluting the Everglades, so he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. But she's saved by former cop Mick Stranahan — and that's when the real adventure begins.
Doctoring water samples to help his corrupt agribusiness employer continue illegal dumping in the Everglades, biologist Chaz Perrone attempts to murder his wife, who has figured out his scam and who survives to plot her husband's downfall. 300,000 first printing.
About the Author
Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of ten previous novels, including Sick Puppy, Lucky You, Stormy Weather, Basket Case, and, for young readers, Hoot. He also writes a regular column for the Miami Herald.
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