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Skinny Dip (2004)

by Carl Hiaasen

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Series: Skink (5), Mick Stranahan (2)

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The opening scene cascades the story into a fast-paced hilarious mystery. I had read this book before, but needed to reread for a book club. Some of the events seem surreal, but continue to emit laughs from me. I especially enjoy the cast of characters and the coastal settings. As usual, Hiaasen floats stories of man's rape of nature into the story. This story centers on the Everglades and the mass pollution of the waters by huge farming corporations, and the corruption of government and politicians. Even though this is a lengthy book, the reading flows quickly. ( )
  delphimo | Nov 15, 2014 |
Typical Hiaasen fare with the older lonely outcast, younger woman with an edge, environmental crooks and greatly crafted supporting characters, not to mention a cameo by Skink. The only letdown was the ending. It wasn't a typical dark, morbid, macabre (yet hilarious) Hiaasen ending. Please tell me he isn't getting soft in his old age. Other than a somewhat unsatisfying ending, this was an excellently crafted novel. ( )
  AliceAnna | Aug 31, 2014 |
Skinny Dip is one of the most hilarious, bizarre, and messed up crime novels I’ve ever read. I loved it. I’ll definitely be reading more Carl Hiaasen. ( )
  les121 | Jun 28, 2014 |
Chaz Perrone is a marine biologist that hates wildlife and basically all outdoors activities that don’t involve golf. He’s falsifying phosphorus testing results to benefit mega-farmer Red Hammernut (one of the best names ever), whose operation relies on “rampant pollution and the systematic mistreatment of immigrant labor.”

When Chaz thinks his wife, Joey, has stumbled onto his scheme, he tries to kill her by throwing her off a ship during their anniversary cruise. Joey survives by clinging to a bale of pot until she is rescued by the early-retired, island-living cop, Mick Stranahan, who now lives a “slow-motion existence, revolving peaceably as it did around a dog, a boat and some corroded fishing gear.” There are many schemes and counter-schemes that stem from Chaz’s plots and stupidity.

Most people get what they deserve in Carl Hiaasen’s novels. It’s satisfying that way. There is order in his extremely disorderly world. His characters are some of the best in fiction and his plots are complicated but somehow logical enough to follow without hurting yourself. He has a solid bead on the madness of South Florida. And the humor is some of the best in fiction. ( )
  Hagelstein | Jun 1, 2014 |
3.75 stars.

Joey was pushed off a cruise ship by her husband, Chaz. Little does he know, she survived and has no idea why he would want to kill her. She is rescued by Mick, who lives alone on an island. Joey convinces Mick to help her with a plan to get revenge on Chaz.

That was really good. The book included environmental issues, mystery, humour, plenty of characters (many of whom were followed throughout the story) and a lot going on. I don’t read very many mysteries, but this one seemed much more complex than most of the others I’ve read. I thought it was very good, and I likely will read more of Hiaasen’s books. ( )
  LibraryCin | Feb 19, 2014 |
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What do you get when you cross a sleazy marine biologist, a corrupt tycoon with a bad comb-over, and a voluptuous wife hell-bent on revenge? Another delirious romp through the swamps of South Florida from irrepressible Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen. Chaz Perrone was sure he'd seen the last of his wife when he pushed her over the balcony of the Sun Duchess cruise ship off the coast of Florida. But Joey Perrone, a former championship swimmer, survived the fall and clung to a bale of Jamaican hashish long enough to be rescued by retired cop Mick Stranahan. Joey wants to know why her husband wanted her dead (he feared she was onto his scheme of doctoring Florida Everglades water samples at the behest of ruthless agribusiness tycoon Red Hammernut). Then, with Stranahan's help, she wants to drive him crazy.
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Bostwick, BarryReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barnes, CharlesCover Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Devine, CarolCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Charles "Chaz" Perrone fancies himself a take-charge kind of guy. So when this "biologist by default" suspects that his curvaceous wife, Joey, has stumbled onto a profitable pollution scam he's running on behalf of Florida agribusiness mogul Red Hammernut, he sets out right away to solve the problem--by heaving Joey off the deck of a luxury cruise liner and into the Atlantic Ocean, far from Key West. But--whoops!--Joey, a former swimming champ, doesn't drown. Instead, as Carl Hiaasen tells in his 10th adult novel, Skinny Dip, she makes her way back to shore, thanks both to a wayward bale of Jamaican marijuana and lonerish ex-cop Mick Stranahan (Skin Tight, 1989), and then launches a bogus blackmail campaign that's guaranteed to drive her lazy, libidinous hubby into a self-protective frenzy.

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 "God’s 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

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