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Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen

Sick Puppy (1999)

by Carl Hiaasen

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Series: Skink (4)

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Review to come - I need a bit of time to organize my thoughts :) ( )
  hopeevey | May 20, 2018 |
Good mindless fun, I like the idea of a guy who gets this bent out of shape about a litterbug. An his creative punishments were really funny. Not a deep book, but a fun quick read. ( )
  SoubhiKiewiet | Mar 20, 2018 |
With ascerbic wit and dark humor (somewhat reminiscent of Joseph Wambaugh), Carl Hiaasen attackes the world's evils - greed, the spoiling of natural resources, and crooked politicians, just to name a few. His bad guys are really bad, psychotic even, and his heroes are a little crazy too. Sick Puppy, like all of his books, deals largely with the despoilation of Florida's natural beauty and reader can't help but grieve for the innocent suffering while all the while cheering when the bad guys "get theirs", even if the matter of destruction is somewhat gruesome. This remains my favorite book by Hiaasen although I think a reader new to his work should start with some of the earlier books to gain some familiarity and fondness for the characters who reature regularly in many of his stories. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
Twilly Spree is a trust-fund baby and eco-terrorist with some anger-management issues. When he witnesses blatant littering by the driver of a Range Rover with vanity plates, he is compelled to teach the litterbug a lesson. Within a few pages the reader is immersed in the usual Hiaasen scenario featuring a dog-napping and peopled with corrupt Florida politicians and ruthless developers; among the characters here are a former Toyota salesman who is now governor, a hunt-trophy-happy lobbyist, a millionaire developer with a fetish for Barbie dolls (yes, the actual dolls), and our favorite “out-there” one-eyed hero, Skink.

It’s typical Hiaasen, with outlandish plot developments and tender young women whose good sense far outshines the idiots they work for (or are married to). Hiaasen has a gift for colorful description, for example: Willie Vasquez-Washington eyed Stoat as if he were a worm on a Triscuit. Of course all the bad guys will get their just desserts in the end – and in colorful, inventive ways. The action is non-stop and the pages turn fast. A fun, enjoyable diversion!

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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
Different characters in each book, though there are certainly similarities in the good guys in each book, and in the bad guys in each book. Up to the normal Hiaasen standard. ( )
  bicyclewriter | Jan 8, 2016 |
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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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