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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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    Kimery Sugar Grove, IL, United States 09-27-04
    Kimery Sugar Grove, IL, United States 09-27-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Excellent!"

    I hardly every write reviews but this was to good not to say something. I found myself laughing and sitting on the edge of my seat. It's a great book and you won't be sorry.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vivian Hermitage, PA, USA 09-11-04
    Vivian Hermitage, PA, USA 09-11-04
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    "Best book ever"

    This was an excellent read.Loved every moment
    Extremly sorry when it was over

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    Paul Epsom, NH, USA 09-04-04
    Paul Epsom, NH, USA 09-04-04
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    "Mr Bluuz"

    I listen to my books while driving and I found that I almost had to pull over I was laughing so hard. The reader does an excellent job(many a good book has been ruined by a bad choice of reader).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Cheektowaga, NY, USA 08-29-04
    Barbara Cheektowaga, NY, USA 08-29-04
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    "Fast pace fun book"

    There were no surprises but the dialogue was upbeat. A quick read with a deserving end.

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    Manuel East Meadow, NY, USA 08-27-04
    Manuel East Meadow, NY, USA 08-27-04
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    "Very Good"

    This was an excelent book. A must read for anyone..

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    Linda Decatur, GA, USA 08-25-04
    Linda Decatur, GA, USA 08-25-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Thoroughly entertaining"

    Skinny Dip combines a rolicking story line with good characters and frequent humorous turns of phrase. A thoroughly entertaining accompanyment to the morning commute.

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    Anjan San Francisco, CA, USA 08-16-04
    Anjan San Francisco, CA, USA 08-16-04
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    "Formulaic & Predictable"

    What started out as a seemingly engaging plot quickly faded into a formulaic and predictable story. The characters seemed like caricatures of themselves engaging in inane, dumbed-down dialog. The sub-plots were like a Hollywood B-movie with all the ingredients for a mindless afternoon matinee. The only redeeming quality was the environmental angle which was completely under developed. How the hell did this book make it on the best seller list among other works that are of much higher caliber? This is your book if you?re looking for a quick, pointless read that is not particularly funny or interesting. I?m never reading Carl Hiassen book again. It?s a tired story trying desperately to be interesting and hip. I might have enjoyed this sophomoric book in high-school. As a thirty-something, it was a waste of my time.

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    George Basking Ridge, NJ, USA 02-22-05
    George Basking Ridge, NJ, USA 02-22-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Skinny Dipless"

    Could have been a good book - less dumb sex, more character development, less predictability. Only saving grace -good narration

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    Dan Lakeland, FL, USA 10-04-04
    Dan Lakeland, FL, USA 10-04-04 Member Since 2002
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    "I don't get it."

    I didn't get the whole idea for the plot: Chaz (the bumbling villan), thinks his beautiful, rich, magnificant wife knows of his villany, and throws her (a world class swimmer) overboard from a cruise ship to kill her? Then she and her languid but clever and disillusioned rescuer and his dog cook up this scheme to get back at him? Just how is this scheme supposed to work out anyway? Well, it didn't work out the way they planned (whatever that was), but through dumb luck, Chaz presumably got his due in a totally unplanned and implausible way. Only one innocent person shot and left for dead as a result of their antics. One not-so-innocent person dead, but what the heck. I didn't get the humor, and I thought the plot was contrived and improbable. Good to listen to in the car. You don't have to pay close attention.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley P. Hummer 02-17-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Falls short--Ridiculous"

    I seldom leave reviews--either good or bad--but I feel I need to this time. Premise of the story is interesting with a great deal of potential. The story, however, falls short, and, as it develops (and I use that word loosely), even turns incredibly unbelieveable, silly, and ridiculous. I was even embarrassed for the writer at points. Funny? Not even close. Entertaining? Not much. The reader's voices/accents/inflections are distracting, and, I think, not true to the story. They even tend to be distracting. Language is terribly gutter. Couldn't listen to all of the story.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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