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Sick Puppy by Carl Hiassen

Sick Puppy (original 1999; edition 2000)

by Carl Hiassen

Series: Skink (4)

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Title:Sick Puppy
Authors:Carl Hiassen
Info:Alfred A. Knopf (2000), Hardcover, 352 pages
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Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen (1999)

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My 3rd favorite Carl Hiaasen book (so far!). We have a lab just like McGuinn - big old bear face and all. Hiaasen makes for great summer reads - lots of fun! ( )
  carolfoisset | Jul 24, 2015 |
Carl Hiaasen certainly does create Mayhem, with a capital "m". In Sick Puppy, first published at the end of the last century, he touches off barely contained chaos that skips up and down both Florida coasts, from the Keys to Fort Lauderdale, to Gainesville, to Tallahassee, to…ah...Toad Island. Only three murders, and they are largely incidental. Two accidental deaths, surely Darwinian. Lots of characters: some whacky, some creepy, some loathsome, some clueless, but only a few genuinely lethal.

The main characters:

Palmer Stoat: Greedy, loathsome, totally amoral, largely clueless, a top-flight lobbyist with $$$ clients
Desirata Stoat: Young, attractive, wanna-be…maybe…free of her husband
Twilly Spree: Free-spirited, independently wealthy, good-guy eco-terroist
Boodle, a.k.a. McGuinn: Your typical black Lab
Robert Clapley: Former drug runner and dealer; current real estate developer (and lifelong Barbie fetishist)
Darian Lee Gash a.k.a. Mr. Gash: Clapley's hit man, a carry-over from his drug-dealing days
Dick Artemus: Salesman turned Toyota mega-dealer turned governor
Lisa June Peterson: The governor's very young, very smart, quite attractive administrative assistant
Clinton Tyree a.k.a. Skink: War hero, populist, former governor, resigned and disappeared…almost
Lt. Jim Tile: Veteran state trooper, Tyree's security chief, still tenuously in touch his old boss
Doyle Tyree: War hero, war victim, brother of the former governor
Kayla Gudonov and Tish Karpinski: Sex-bombs being surgically transformed into Clapley's Barbie Twins
Karl Krimmler: On-site project supervisor directing the bulldozing of Toad Island
Dr. Steven Brinkman: Biologist doing pre-development environmental inventory on Toad Island for Clapley
Willie Vasquez-Washington: Multi-racial state senator from Miami…a wrench in the works

To launch the plot: Clapley wants to transform sparsely populated Toad Island into Shearwater Resort. But he needs the state to rip out the existing but rickety one-lane wooden bridge and replace it with a modern multi-lane span. How to get the $28 million project approved? Pay Palmer Stoat, lobbyist extraordinaire, to pull some strings. But Stoat's littering ways have attracted the ire of Twilly Spree, who dumps a load of garbage into Mrs. Stoat's BMW convertible, funnels swarms of dung beetles into Stoat's Range Rover, invades Stoat's home and carefully arranges, on Stoat's desk, the glass eyes he plucks from trophy heads lining the walls. Ultimately, he kidnaps the Lab, and also, kinda sorta, Desie Stoat. His price for backing off: unfund the bridge project, which will end Clapley's awful development.

And that's just the beginning! It's mayhem all the way. Tremendously entertaining. ( )
  weird_O | May 21, 2015 |
"Sick Puppy" is the 2nd Carl Hiaasen book I've read. The 1st was "Double Whammy," a long book that is long on entertainment. I'm happy to say that "Sick Puppy" delivers the same. Whether or not you're a crime-book reader, I guarantee that "Sick Puppy" will snag you. ( )
  phillipfrey | Sep 13, 2014 |
The return of Skink ...yay!!! Not a strong role, but more than a cameo. Several excellent characters and a typical nutty plot. You can't help but think that the protagonist is a projection of what Hiaasen wishes he could be ... an environmental outlaw ... but he settles for pistol-whipping environmental scofflaws with his words. A fun read. ( )
  AliceAnna | Aug 31, 2014 |
Hiaasen's usual, very funny ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
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Carl Hiaasen's characters ride and flail on little verbal hurricanes, and his literary storm shows no signs of dying down. Sick Puppy shares Dave Barry's giddy gift for finding humor in South Florida horrors, and a bit of Elmore Leonard's genius for pitch-perfect dialogue spouted smartly by criminals who are dumb as stumps. The title of Hiaasen's eighth novel could apply to most of its characters, but it chiefly refers to an ebullient Labrador retriever named Boodle and the millionaire eco-terrorist Twilly Spree. Let's just say that Twilly has a singular affliction: poor anger management in the face of environmental irresponsibility. When he spots Boodle's owner, Palmer Stoat, tossing litter from a car, Twilly goes to Stoat's home and removes the glass eyeballs from the animals that the bloated lobbyist had shot and mounted on his walls. Boodle gulps down the eyeballs, sustaining no small amount of digestive difficulties.

Soon Boodle and Stoat's wife, Desie, are fugitives from Florida's nature despoilers (who include the Governor, a "gladhanding maggot," the amusingly slimy Stoat, the human bulldozer Krimmler, the cocaine-importer-turned-developer Clapley, and the hit man Mr. Gash, who's fond of sex with multiple beach bimbos in iguana-skin sex harnesses to the tunes of The World's Most Blood Curdling Emergency Calls). Desie, who has a knack for calamitous romance, is smitten with Twilly, but urges him not to kill any litterbugs or pelican molesters: "Jail would not be good for this relationship." What keeps pure farce at bay in a novel that romps with the abandon of a scent-crazed Labrador is the otherwise charming Twilly's creepy edge of implacable fanaticism. And what redeems the funny/ugly violence from cliché is its colorful bad guys (they're as iridescent as oil slicks), Hiaasen's excellent wit, and the music of his prose. To evoke a drunk asleep on the beach, he adds a pungent detail: "a gleaming stellate dollop of seagull shit decorated his forehead."

Hiaasen is not unflawed. His original eco-terrorist character, ex-Florida governor Clinton "Skink" Tyree, seems like an interloper from the earlier books. But Hiaasen's the master of madcap ensembles (which is partly why the star-vehicle film of his fine book Strip Tease flopped). And even when you can see a chase scene's denouement coming for a beachfront mile, each paragraph packs descriptive delights to keep you going at breakneck pace. --Tim Appelo

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Eco-terrorists, evil politicians, a millionaire obsessed with Barbie, and an ex-governor named Skink are just a few of the characters who populate this comic novel of politics as unusual in Florida.

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