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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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This is a 3.5 for me. I think one of his best really. Good guys get their girl, the bad guys get their just desserts, but I was sad that the Captain was going through a rough spot. Read it in a day while frying to a crisp at the beach. How it was meant to be! ( )
  MaureenCean | Feb 2, 2016 |
Very clever and funny ( )
  Cricket856 | Jan 25, 2016 |
Entertaining and easy to read. ( )
  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
Audiobook read by Stephen Hoye

On their anniversary cruise, Chaz Perrone throws his wife Joey overboard. He has to kill her because she’s discovered his secret. But Joey was a champion swimmer in college and she manages to survive the night, clinging to a bale of Jamaican weed. She’s rescued by Mick Stranahan, former investigator for the Dade State Attorney’s office, now “retired” and living on a remote island with his dog Strom. Rather than go to the police, Joey convinces Mick that they should “mess with Chaz” until he goes bonkers. And the fun begins.

This is typical Hiaasen: outlandish situations and inept crooks with a dose of environmental concern. The bad guys are, as usual the most colorful of the lot – a hirsute giant with an addiction to painkillers, an incompetent scientist who would rather be golfing (when he’s not boinking his mistress), and a moneyed “farmer” who believes environmental regulations don’t (or shouldn’t) apply to him. The women are naïve one minute and incredibly clever when scorned. As usual they get the best of the bad guys. The good guys – Detective Rolvaag and Mick – are straight arrows, strong, and silent. They have their own quirks, of course – Rolvaag has two pet pythons, and Mick has been married six times – but they are definitely good guys. Recurring character Skink makes a brief appearance, though his name is never used (but who can forget a one-eyed hermit given to wearing a plastic shower cap and eating road kill?).

I love Hiaasen’s books for their wit and craziness. Like his others, this novel is a fast read and entertaining from the first sentence to the last.

Stephen Hoye does a fine job narrating the audio version. He has a good pace and his interpretation is at once incredulous and resigned to the craziness. He brings this zany cast of characters to life.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
The language got on my nerves (there's a word for a lady's private area and that's not it, Carl) and I just did not like the female protagonist, which is unusual for a Hiaasen book. The plot made me laugh a lot, though, so actually this is 2.5 stars. ( )
  grammarchick | Jan 5, 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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Bostwick, BarryReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barnes, CharlesCover Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bezzenberger, Marie-LuiseÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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