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Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen

Skinny Dip (2004)

by Carl Hiaasen

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

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Silly fun. ( )
  trishproper | May 2, 2016 |
An inept biologist employed by the state of Florida and is also on the payroll of a crooked farmer. The biologist fudges the water quality reports so that the farmer can continue to pour chemicals into the Keys. "Farmer" is used loosely here, this character owns many many acres of farm land and uses cheap labor who are abused in countless ways by sadistic overseers. In any event, the biologist, Chaz, is ruled entirely by greed and his libido. He thinks his wife may be on to his scheme so he "kills" her. Did I mention he is inept? She doesn't die and goes on the reek havoc in his life until at last justice is hilariously served. ( )
  knitwit2 | Apr 18, 2016 |
On a Caribbean cruise to celebrate their second wedding anniversary, a man shoves his wife overboard, leaving her in the middle of the ocean to either drown or be eaten by sharks. She does neither, though, and instead clings to a bale of marijuana that a smuggler has dumped overboard. The bale carrying the dehydrated and disoriented woman drifts into the vicinity of a retired investigator who lives on an unpopulated island off the Florida coast while he tries to sort out the pieces of his own broken life. Together, the detective and the woman plot her revenge while trying to figure out exactly what went wrong with her marriage. Naturally, the two fall in love—or at least something that approximates love under the circumstances—while they solve the crime and help stem the tide of the ecological destruction of the Everglades in the process.

Does any of that—which is the essential plot of Skinny Dip--sound plausible? Of course not, but then implausibility is a big part of the charm of any Carl Hiaasen novel, this one being no exception. Hiaasen definitely mines a familiar vein here, with the usual cast of greedy South Florida low-lifes and con artists doing their usual best to promote their own self-interests while leaving the environment and their fellow men to pay the toll. However, as is also the case in the author’s work, the good guys and gals show remarkable resourcefulness and ultimately win, while the bad guys ultimately lose (some more than others in this case). While Skinny Dip will never be mistaken for Serious Literature—or even place among the best of the mystery genre—it is a cleverly plotted romp that is also very funny despite the occasionally heavy-handed promotion of social causes. It would make a perfect summer beach read, particularly if that beach is located somewhere near Miami! ( )
  browner56 | Apr 9, 2016 |
If you like Dave Barry's novels for adults, you'll like this one. Funny and fun, and the ending saves the book from being mean-spirited. Very well done, Carl Hiaasen. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
Carl Hiaasen - hilarious, and dead on with his viewpoints on life, culture and society. Need to read more Carl. ( )
  anglophile65 | Mar 8, 2016 |
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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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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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