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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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    "Classic Hiaasen..."

    As a fellow Floridian, I've been reading Carl Hiaasen's novels for years and they just keep getting better and better. I can relate to the kooky characters and the humorous situations. I loved this book, but to be honest I've never read or listened to a Hiaasen that I haven't loved.

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    Erich Vail, AZ, USA 02-15-05
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    "Don't waste your credit"

    I read a review praising this author, but I really don't see it. story was very predictable despite some quirky incidents. Main characters were cliche and contradicted themselves in several places and supporting characters were not well developed. Kept hoping it would get better.

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    "Great Fun"

    This is a blast from start to finish. Hiaasin's best yet!

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    Carl Austin, TX, USA 01-11-05
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    "Good story line"

    It had more potential than it delivered. The main protaginist and a few other characters were too much a caricature.

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    "Skinny Dip"

    You have to listen to this! The characters are great!

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    "Exceptionaly Hilarious"

    This book is the one to listen to if you are looking for a laugh. The story is imaginative, the situations are unique and the characters are a hoot. Truly a riotous, uproarious gem of a read!

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    it was funny, couldnt wait to get back in the car to finish it

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    Kimery Sugar Grove, IL, United States 09-27-04 Member Since 2012
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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.

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

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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).

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