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Skinny Dip | [Carl Hiaasen]

Skinny Dip

When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Charles "Chaz" Perrone is a real scumbag, but he's the love of Joey Perrone's life. That is, until he dumps her over the side of a cruise ship. But, due to her history as a swimming champ, her lucky find of a bale of Jamaican pot and a rescue by ex-cop Mick Stranahan, she lives to take out her revenge on the poor slob.

Set in south Florida and full of eccentric characters who come to life with Hiassen's vivid character sketches, Skinny Dip is laugh-out-loud funny. The narrator adds to the story with the excellent interpretation of the characters. Hard to put the headphones down with this one!

Publisher's Summary

When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead. As a result, Chaz becomes increasingly erratic and inept, a fact noticed by his ruthless and cold-blooded coworkers. Also, the six-time-married Mick rediscovers the thwarted romantic in him, believing that the seventh time might be the charm.

©2004 Carl Hiaasen; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"At this point in his career as a comic novelist, Carl Hiaasen did not need to get any better. He has long been writing smarty, fizzy Floridian escapades that amount to pure reading pleasure. But Skinny Dip, his latest, is something more: a screwball delight so full of bright, deft, beautifully honed humor that it places Mr. Hiaasen in the company of Preston Sturges, Woody Allen and S.J. Perelman....Mr. Hiaasen writes with finesse." (The New York Times)
"Hiaasen's signature mix of hilariously over-the-top villains, lovable innocents and righteous indignation at what mankind has done to his beloved Florida wilderness is all present in riotous abundance in his latest....Hiaasen's books are so enjoyable it's always a sad moment when they end." (Publishers Weekly)
"No reprobate escapes the satirical eye of Hiaasen, who writes like the love child of Hunter S. Thompson and Evelyn Waugh....Like Hiaasen's nine previous novels, this one's a corker, chock-full of belly laughs and blistering truths." (Booklist)

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    Alison New York, NY, USA 03-24-05
    Alison New York, NY, USA 03-24-05
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    "a fun read"

    Hiassen's books are, in general, a totally fun read.Anyone who has a sense of humor and relishes in meeting new and certainly unusual (and often completely unethical) characters, will enjoy this booik. HIassen's 'good' characters are utterly lovable and his 'bad' characters make your skin crawl. This is easy listening at its best... I found myself eager to pick up where I had left off listening and enjoyed the narration very much. Not the kind of book that is going to change anyone's life, but certainly a fun 'summer beach read'.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Ryals 09-05-04
    Sue Ryals 09-05-04
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    "Absolutely hilarious"

    One of those books where you just sit in your parked car listening or carry the disk into the house because you want to hear what happens next. I loved it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Earl Severna Park, MD, USA 08-25-04
    Earl Severna Park, MD, USA 08-25-04
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    "Not my usual kind of read ..."

    ... but a lot of fun. I found myself carrying the audible device into the house from the car just so I could continue the romp. Other reviewers are right, if you are looking for a "who done it" full of twists and turns and unpredictable challenges, look elsewhere. If you are offended by crude language, run. Great for an unwind at the end of a long day at work and better than anything I hear on the radio.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bart Cochrane, Alberta, Canada 08-23-04
    Bart Cochrane, Alberta, Canada 08-23-04
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    "A Great Listen"

    This book is a real treat. Writen with a wry sense of humor and an engaging narrative. It's a great murder mystery (of sorts). I listened to it when I drove to and from my summer cabin, and it made the time fly. A really fun book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Edenton, NC, USA 08-20-04
    Gary Edenton, NC, USA 08-20-04
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    "A great listen"

    This is a great, funny light read. Mick Stranahan is a hilarious but subtle hero. If your just looking for fun and don't want to over analyze - you'll love it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    P. Giorgio Illinois 08-13-04
    P. Giorgio Illinois 08-13-04 Member Since 2001

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    "Wonderful, suspensful and hilarious"

    My first read of this author was a real treat. Can't wait to read ALL the rest. Just terrific. Great plot, subplots. The characters are rich and memorable. Perfect fiction!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Iain LondonUnited Kingdom 08-23-04
    Iain LondonUnited Kingdom 08-23-04
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    "Very funny but don't expect literary genius!"

    My first Carl Hiassen book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    The plot is as skinny as the title of the book but that's missing the point. We're laughing along as the unlucky and unlikeable (in equal measure) Chaz finally gets what he deserves.

    Yes it's predictable but the characters are likeable and I found myself rooting for Joey and Mick to make Chaz's life a total misery.

    The narration is very good, bringing the characters to life without going too over the top with accents.

    In all "a good romp", just turn your brain off at the door and collect it again on the way out.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 10-18-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 10-18-14 Member Since 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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    "Cupboard bare? Time for Hiasson!"

    this is my second review, because somehow the first, a brilliant effort, just disappeared. So forgive my brevity.

    I'm really struggling trying to find new authors and series in mysteries and thrillers. Then I remembered how much I liked Double Whammy and Striptease. Skinny Dip is just as much fun.

    I was 100% invested in all the characters. It is one of best stories I've come across.

    Again, I just don't have the stamina to rewrite a decent review, what you should know that I loved every second of this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Junkin-Mills West Chester, PA United States 12-05-04
    B. Junkin-Mills West Chester, PA United States 12-05-04 Member Since 2003

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    "Great book, great listen"

    I love Carl Hiaasen - his books are always a great read. This was my first time listening to a Hiaasen novel - and it was one of the best listens I've had since joining audible a year ago. The narrator is excellent - very easy to understand, lots of well-done voices for the different characters, and no annoying voice/mouth quirks. I'm hoping that all the Hiaasen novels are read by this same guy!

    As for this novel specifically, I thought it was one of Hiaasen's best. Fascinating, darkly hilarious, and really hard to put down. I loved all the characters, except (obviously) for the slimeball husband, and felt very invested in their fates. The ending was nicely satisfying. I see some people disliked the Viagra jokes - I didn't think they were superfluous or juvenile at all; they fit perfectly with Chaz and his personality.

    Parents: Hiaasen has a children's book out, "Hoot", that my 10 year old adored and my 7 year old liked.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Henrico, VA, United States 10-13-04
    Dawn Henrico, VA, United States 10-13-04
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    "A Good Romp"

    This book was terrific fun. Funny characters, funny story, an engaging plot, all delivered with a dry wit. It was a nice change of pace for this mystery fan. Stephen Hoye did a good job, especially with characterizations and dialogue. His narrative, though, sometimes sounded like he was delivering the human interest story on the evening news. He tended to end every sentence with a sweeping drawl and downward intonation. But I won't let that stop me from another Hiassen/Hoye collaboration. In fact, I look forward to it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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