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Skinny Dip (2004)

by Carl Hiaasen

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

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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:Chaz Perrone might be the only marine scientist in the world who doesn‚??t know which way the Gulf Stream runs. He might also be the only one who went into biology just to make a killing, and now he‚??s found a way‚??doctoring water samples so that a ruthless agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the endangered Everglades. When Chaz suspects that his wife, Joey, has figured out his scam, he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner into the night-dark Atlantic. Unfortunately for Chaz, his wife doesn‚??t die in the fall.

Clinging blindly to a bale of Jamaican pot, Joey Perrone is plucked from the ocean by former cop and current loner Mick Stranahan. Instead of rushing to the police and reporting her husband‚??s crime, Joey decides to stay dead and (with Mick‚??s help) screw with Chaz until he screws himself.

As Joey haunts and taunts her homicidal husband, as Chaz‚??s cold-blooded cohorts in pollution grow uneasy about his ineptitude and increasingly erratic behavior, as Mick Stranahan discovers that six failed marriages and years of island solitude haven‚??t killed the reckless romantic in him, we‚??re taken on a hilarious, full-throttle, pure Hiaasen ride through the warped politics and mayhem of the human environment, and the human heart.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Carl Hiaase
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From Florida originally myself and it's a faithful portrait of the eccentrics and lowlifes that populate the area. Witty, funny, and genuinely captivating read. ( )
  nessie_arduin | Feb 1, 2024 |
One of my favorite Hiaasen books in a long time. Completely over the top but just what I needed right now. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
Wacky and entertaining, as always. ( )
  JudyGibson | Jan 26, 2023 |
The most entertaining so far because the bad guy was so inept at killing people. Skink makes a couple brief appearances but sadly seems a bit worse for the weather. ( )
  Castinet | Dec 11, 2022 |
"the murder of the Everglades, as perpetuated by Red Hammernut and others, is insidiously subtle and undramatic. Unlike more telegenic forms of pollution, the fertilizers pouring by the ton from the sugarcane fields and vegetable farms of Southern Florida do not produce stinking tides of dead fish or gruesome panoramas of rotting animal corpses. Instead, the phosphates and other agricultural contaminants work invisibly to destroy a mat of algae known as periphyton, the slimy Brown muck that underlies the River of Grass and is its most essential nutrient. As the periphyton begins to die, the small fish that feed and neat there move away. Next to go are the egrets and herons, the bluegill and largemouth bass, and so on up the food chain. Soon the sawgrass prairies wither and starve, replaced by waves of cattails and other aquatic plants that thrive on the torrent of phosphorus, yet provide miserable habitat for native birds and wildlife.

Joey perrone is married to a PhD who works for Florida State wildlife and game. He's also in the employ of red Hammernut, a farmer who throws his agricultural pollutants into the Everglades. CHaz Perrone Missreports the pollution levels adjacent to hammernut's farm, allowing him to keep operating at a high profit.
Joey catches her husband filling out water pollution tables. Believing her to be onto his game, he throws her off a cruise ship where they were allegedly rekindling their romance. But she survives, and together with the man who saved her, when she washed up off his Island, plots her revenge on him.

I used to read all of Carl hiaasen's books when I was younger. I still find him as good as I remember him back in the day. And yes, Skink makes a welcome appearance at the end, helping out the character of Joey Perrone, unbeknownst to her. (Clinton Tyree, a.k.a. Skink, is a fictional character who has appeared in several novels by Carl Hiaasen, beginning with Double Whammy in 1987.) ( )
  burritapal | Oct 23, 2022 |
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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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Hiaasen, Carlprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnes, CharlesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bezzenberger, Marie-LuiseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bostwick, BarryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Devine, CarolCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Liefers, Jan JosefSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Newman, AndyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sarda, YvesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shale, KerryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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At the stroke of eleven on a cool April night, a woman named Joey Perrone went overboard from a luxury deck of a cruise liner M.V. Sun Duchess.
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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:Chaz Perrone might be the only marine scientist in the world who doesn‚??t know which way the Gulf Stream runs. He might also be the only one who went into biology just to make a killing, and now he‚??s found a way‚??doctoring water samples so that a ruthless agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the endangered Everglades. When Chaz suspects that his wife, Joey, has figured out his scam, he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner into the night-dark Atlantic. Unfortunately for Chaz, his wife doesn‚??t die in the fall.

Clinging blindly to a bale of Jamaican pot, Joey Perrone is plucked from the ocean by former cop and current loner Mick Stranahan. Instead of rushing to the police and reporting her husband‚??s crime, Joey decides to stay dead and (with Mick‚??s help) screw with Chaz until he screws himself.

As Joey haunts and taunts her homicidal husband, as Chaz‚??s cold-blooded cohorts in pollution grow uneasy about his ineptitude and increasingly erratic behavior, as Mick Stranahan discovers that six failed marriages and years of island solitude haven‚??t killed the reckless romantic in him, we‚??re taken on a hilarious, full-throttle, pure Hiaasen ride through the warped politics and mayhem of the human environment, and the human heart.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Carl Hiaase

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