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Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen

Skin Tight (1989)

by Carl Hiaasen

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A totally incompetent and unqualified, but highly successful plastic surgeon has caused and nastily covered up the accidental death of one of his patients, and then tries to arrange a hit on the inconvenient investigator who's getting too close to the truth. He turns out to be hysterically incompetent at that, as well. Satirical, farcical, ironic, and downright ridiculous ---what a hoot! Perfect stuff for those times when the brain wants a real vacation and the psyche needs a little nonsense.
May 2015 ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Dec 30, 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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Badly botched boobs
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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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