What she doesn't know is that she's being followed by her Honey-obsessed former employer, Piejack. And he doesn't know he's being followed by Honey's still-smitten, former-drug-running ex-husband, Perry, and their wise-and-protective-way-beyond-his-years 12-year-old son, Fry. And when they all pull up on Dismal Key, they don't know they're intruding on Sammy Tigertail, a half white-half Seminole failed alligator wrestler, trying like hell to be a hermit despite the Florida State coed who's dying to be his hostage.
©2006 Carl Hiaasen; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.
"Old fans and newcomers alike should delight in Hiaasen's 11th novel, another hilarious Florida romp [with an] engaging and diverse screwball cast...Hiaasen's humorous touches and his all-too-human characters carry the book to its satisfying close." (Publishers Weekly)
This is not merely below Hiaasen's usual standards, but genuinely bad. I don't understand what happened -- his other work is so consistently entertaining. Read Skinny Dip, or Skin Deep, or Stormy Weather....just not this!
I too am baffled by the extreme negative reviews. I can only assume that Carl Hiasen established such a high expectations with his previous novels that they were disappointed.
This clearly isn't his best work but certainly not a flop. I felt it was well worth the time and use of credits.
A Carl Hiaaen "average" is better that most writers best stuff.
Let's face it - Carl Hiaasen is a very funny writer and a good writer as well and this book starts out both good and funny, with lots of laugh out loud quips.....and then....
well...somewhere in the middle it loses itself and starts to drag and seems to go nowhere.
It's not a bad book, just certainly not up there with his best- "Skinny Dip" !
By the middle of the book I just didn't seem to care much about the characters or how they ended up...but, that being said.....I'd continue to read anything Carl Hiaasen writes because I am a big fan of his wit & writing style.
I have been a fan of Hiassen since his first books, but he has lost the luster from those earlier books. The whacky characters seem forced and the book failed to hold my interest. The book isn't bad, just mediocre, which is not praise for a book you need to invest so many hours of listening.
That's when you know a book has you in its good grasp, when you laugh out loud and keep smiling afterwards.
I love Carl Hiaasen (except A DEATH IN CHINA which was probably ALL written by Bill Montalano) and this one was not a disappointment. Highly recommend if you also are a Hiaasen Fan
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