Monday, June 6, 2011

Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen is one of my favorite writers. His over-the-top humor combined with his environmental sensitivity make his south Florida novels  great summer reads. In Skinny Dip, Biologist Chaz Perrone pushes his wife overboard while on their first anniversary cruise. He doesn't do it for her money (which, coincidentally, she has plenty of) but because he is afraid she has discovered that he is being well paid for faking the pollution reports he submits to his boss. Instead of having the good grace to die in the ocean, she ends up grasping a bale of contraband marijuana and floats into safety in the form of retired cop Mick Stranahan. Mick agrees to help her get even with her sleazy husband and the plot just gets more and more frantically hilarious. Hiaasen's characters are wonderfully funny and his plotting stands up to the humor. If you're looking for a great beach read, this book, or any Hiaasen novel, would be perfect.
While Hiaasen's adult novels are definitely intended for mature audiences, he has also written a great children's book, Hoot, which has also been made into a fun movie.

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