The story plods along down the road set in the first few pages. It is a story with expected twists but enough to keep you listening.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
The world of plastic surgery is the background for another sampling of Florida anthropology by Carl Hiaasen, one of the foremost practitioners of comic Florida crime fiction. Someone is trying to kill former investigator Mick Stranahan after he starts to revisit a cold case involving a botched nose job by a crooked and incompetent plastic surgeon.
This being Hiaasen, there is a lot more going on here than Stranahan going after the quack. As usual, there is a broad range of characters from various walks of life (most of them low) in the great state of Florida. And the world of plastic surgery is hardly Hiassen's sole target -- tabloid TV journalism, Geraldo Rivera style, is sent up, along with frequent targets like shyster lawyers, corrupt police and politicians, arrogant party boys, vindictive divorcees, and vain celebrities.
There is also a singularly memorable foe for Stranahan to go up against and some truly gruesome deaths, including one that was copied some years later by the makers of the movie Fargo (which one could argue is like Hiaasen in Minnesota). On the sympathetic side, there are friendly conch fishermen, loveable waitresses, and a sharp-toothed barracuda.
So what we have here is off-the-shelf Carl Hiaassen, not necessarily a standout among his oeuvre, but perfectly entertaining entry for established fans of his style of Floridian farce to enjoy. George Wilson narrates it well, familiar enough with this genre from having performed a healthy percentage of books by Hiaasen and another writer in the same vein, Tim Dorsey.
First read this book when it originally was published. Just read it again and it has improved with age. Great the first time I read it, and still great. If you are a Hiaasen fan, a must read.
Skin Tight, as a novel, was in serious need of an editor. Instead of a tight, humorous, "Florida" story, the driving goal of Hiaasen seemed to be to dispatch each of the "bad guys" in an individual, distinctive manner. My favorites of his novels are those featuring the governor turned hermit and his young adult offerings.
This is just another fun read by a talented author. Not a literary classic but a lighthearted romp thru the trials and tribulations of a great cast of characters. Put on your flip flops, get a Frozen Margarita, and lay back and enjoy...
James Bond goes rogue in Florida. With a sense of humor. Some clever one-liners, easy on the mind and energy. Soft light listen....but not the best of Hiaasen.. I do like his style for escape and won't give up ... He's just fun, and in this world you need that.
It was a Hiassen book .... all that needs to be said
It's a Hiaasen book there are always many memorable characters and several I'm sure to see again but the one I laughed about most was Reynaldo Flemm loved that he was a parody character of a well known celebrity.
I always highly recommend Hiaasen books!
The '80s references are a bit dated, but Hiaasen's humor is sharp and caustic. First you see his real anger at the phonies who've ruined Florida; after that, you get a subtler sense of what he must have loved (and maybe still loves) about the place.
He's simply one of the really good readers