Synopses & Reviews
Meet twenty-two-year-old Cherry Pye (née Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was fourteen—and about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster.
Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her “undercover stunt double,” Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too “indisposed”—meaning wasted—to go out in public. And it is Ann-mistaken-for-Cherry who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott.
Now the challenge for Cherrys handlers (über-stage mother; horndog record producer; nipped, tucked, and Botoxed twin publicists; weed whacker-wielding bodyguard) is to rescue Ann while keeping her existence a secret from Cherrys public—and from Cherry herself.
The situation is more complicated than they know. Ann has had a bewitching encounter with Skink—the unhinged former governor of Florida living wild in a mangrove swamp—and now hes heading for Miami to find her . . .
Will Bang Abbott achieve his fantasy of a lucrative private photo session with Cherry Pye? Will Cherry sober up in time to lip-synch her way through her concert tour? Will Skink track down Ann DeLusia before Cherrys motley posse does?
All will be revealed in this hilarious spin on life in the celebrity fast lane.
The career of singer Cheryl Bunterman (aka Cherry Pye) who debuted with Jailbait Records at age 15 is foundering due to her lack of talent and indiscriminate appetite for drugs booze and sex in this outrageous offbeat novel from Hiaasen (Nature Girl). Among those struggling to keep Cherry's career afloat are her mother Janet Bunterman; producer Maury Lykes; and "undercover stunt double" Ann DeLusia who will say mislead the press into thinking Cherry is out and about when she's really in rehab. Hiaasen has easy targets in misbehaving celebrity sightings tabloid stalkings and spin control experts and he makes the most of them. Crooked real estate developer Jackie Sebago and paparazzo Bang Abbott who plans to hitch his wagon to Cherry's star add to the madcap fun. Mayhem follows after Bang kidnaps Ann instead of Cherry by mistake and ex Florida governor and eco vigilante Clinton "Skink" Tyree who was smitten with Ann after a chance encounter rushes to her rescue. The torrent of pop culture barbs are bound to please Hiaasen's ardent fans. 500000 first printing; 12 city author tour. (Aug.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"The golf book and an enthusiastically received trio of young-adult novels have moved Hiaasen from slapsticky, mildly raunchy crime novelist to Big Time Author. Star Island
, his new novel, is his first for adults in five years. It has all the usual Hiaasen elements — a sleazy developer, a level-headed heroine, a collection of lowlifes that makes the criminals in an Elmore Leonard novel look brainy, and a contemporary subject (in this case, celebrity culture) ripe for the satirical picking." Jeff Baker, The Oregonian
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About the Author
Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of eleven previous novels, including the best-selling Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, and Lucky You, and three best-selling childrens books, Hoot, Flush, and Scat. His most recent work of nonfiction is The Downhill Lie: A Hackers Return to a Ruinous Sport. He also writes a weekly column for The Miami Herald.