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Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen

Skin Tight (original 1989; edition 2010)

by Carl Hiaasen

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Title:Skin Tight
Authors:Carl Hiaasen
Info:Berkley Trade (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 416 pages
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Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen (1989)

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Carl Hiaasen: Brilliant! Hilarious! Cutthroat! Phenomenal! Exceptional! Genius! No, really, he is.

Skin Tight was my introduction to the novels of the great author, whose masterpieces are all set in the bowels of the Sunshine State—yes, Florida. And this crazy, gut-busting tale will make you think twice, no, thrice about ever considering having plastic surgery done on your person.

A crooked, fraudulent plastic surgeon named Rudy Graveline, his double-crossing nurse, an obnoxious, Geraldo-like talk show host and his producer, a disfigured, murderous felon, and a hero cop all coincide in perfect—no, imperfect—harmony within the pages if this, one of the greatest books that I've EVER read. Worthy of 10 stars, but unfortunately, five stars are the limit of greatness here. ( )
  CatEllington | May 5, 2017 |
Another irreverent novel with crazy, iconoclastic characters. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 16, 2016 |
This was my first Carl Hiassen book and I wasn't disappointed. The basis of the story/mystery following an incompetent plastic surgeon in Florida was good. Add to that the underlying humor in so many strange people, situations, and even deaths and the story becomes an enjoyable easy to read book. I look forward to reading more Hiassen books. ( )
  kim.jacobs | Dec 16, 2014 |
Not as good as Double Whammy or Tourist Season, but still good sick fun. I feel almost guilty enjoying him so much because he really is one sick puppy. This one has a good story, but the ending doesn't have the oomph of others of his. And the characters, though quirky, aren't quite as much fun as other books. But overall a good book. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 23, 2014 |
For some reason, Hiaasen's books don't age very well. This is an excellent book, funny and memorable characters, detailed plot with just enough twists to make each chapter interesting. However, there are also just enough references to items of a topical nature that when reading it 15 or 20 years later (I think this was published in the early 90s) it just rings oddly. A little too graphic in parts as the story involves a plastic surgeon and mayhem ensues when people start looking into a missing patient from four years earlier. ( )
  stuart10er | Nov 5, 2013 |
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For his advice, expertise, and good humor, I am grateful to Dr. Gerard Grau, and also to his former surgical nurse Connie, who is my wife.
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On the third of January, a leaden, blustery day, two tourists from Covington, Tennessee, removed their sensible shoes to go strolling on the beach at Key Biscayne.
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Somebody wants Mick Stranahan dead. Mick is sure of this, because he just had to dispatch a pistol-packing intruder with the help of a stuffed marlin head. But who would want to hurt a former Florida state investigator? The answer is plenty of people-as Stranahan soon finds himself acquainted with a litter of nefarious players, including a hit man whose skin problems could fill a comprehensive (if bizarre) medical textbook, a lawyer of questionable repute who advertises on billboards, and a TV show host whose taste for sensationalism is exceeded only by his vanity. The whole thing gets downright harrowing for the ex-cop in one of Hiaasen's most breathtaking, madcap romps ever-where even a plastic surgeon with extremely shaky hands waits to wring Stranahan's neck.

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Mick Stranahan, a private investigator, is drawn into the Miami plastic surgery industry.

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