Search Results: "Carl Hiaasen"


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SICK PUPPY by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 11, 2000

"Not top-drawer Hiaasen, then, but its selling points do include much sex, none of it in the missionary position, and a detailed concluding account of the characters— later lives, in the manner of Dickens on ‘ludes."
Will another unspoiled Florida island be turned into a paradise for golfers and crooked developers and politicians? Read full book review >

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STORMY WEATHER by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 24, 1995

"If you're not laughing by page six, you need a complete checkup."
A hurricane, passing over southern Florida, leaves in its untidy wake the usual Hiaasen carnival of knaves and fools. Read full book review >

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STRIP TEASE by Carl Hiaasen
Released: Aug. 26, 1993

"Prime Hiaasen, and with a new edge: sexier, more violent, more political, but just as funny."
It's a wonder Florida hasn't yet banished Hiaasen (Native Tongue, etc.). Read full book review >

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TOURIST SEASON by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 24, 1986

"But if you like your gallows laughs with gall, this could be for you."
Satiric mystery adventure about a crazed Miami reporter and an eruption of bloodlust meant to drive off the tourists and developers. Read full book review >

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LUCKY YOU by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 10, 1997

"Makes you wonder."
As soon as an informative headnote warns that "there is no approved dental use for WD-40," you can relax, knowing that you're in for several blissful hours in the hands of a master farceur whose subject this time is what passes in South Florida for providence. Read full book review >

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SKINK—NO SURRENDER by Carl Hiaasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Hiaasen's fierce love for the wilds of Florida, his fundamental commitment to decency and his penchant for the bizarre are all on full display in this, a read as agreeable as his hero is. (Fiction. 10-15)"
If you were pursuing your cousin's kidnapper across Florida, you would want a man like Skink at your side. Maybe. Read full book review >

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NATIVE TONGUE by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 1991

"The problem may be that Hiaasen's tilled this particular crime-comic soil one time too many."
Hiaasen's fourth Florida crime-farce—about an environmental-protection scam—is as manic as ever but lacks the crisp suspense that made Skin Tight a minor crime-classic. Read full book review >

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RAZOR GIRL by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Relax, enjoy, and marvel anew at the power of unbridled fictional invention."
Rejoice, fans of American madness who've sought fulfillment in political reportage. South Florida's master farceur (Skink—No Surrender, 2014, etc.) is back to reassure you that fiction is indeed stranger than truth. Read full book review >

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STAR ISLAND by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Clueless celebrities and criminal paparazzi provide the perfect match and the perfect metaphor for contemporary public culture. And you never know which sentences are going to end with a back flip."
Now that the Florida real-estate market has gone bust, the insatiable bottom-feeders circle a hilariously untalented starlet, everyone looking for a piece of her before she too crashes and burns. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE WHAMMY by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 12, 1987

"Still, with its byzantine plot and wonderful, weird denizens, this is one of the most delightfully inventive and entertaining crime novels of the year."
Veteran of three taut but traditional thrillers (with William B. Montalbo: Powder Burn, 1981; Trap Line, 1982; A Death in China, 1984), Hiaasen unveiled an original madcap voice steeped in black humor when he finally soloed in last year's satirical crimemeller, Tourist Trap. Read full book review >

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A DEATH IN CHINA by Carl Hiaasen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 23, 1984

"Still, a solid, lively thriller for the most part—with an efficient (if familiar) central plot, action that's scenic and varied, and loads of wry, unromanticized China atmosphere."
Art-historian Tom Stratton is on a rather dismal tour of China—when he bumps into his beloved mentor, Prof. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"If Florida is the poster child for a nation's fiscal and political disintegration, Hiaasen is the state's galloping knight (in)errant, slaying the dragons of ineptitude, arrogance and idiocy."
Miami Herald columnist and best-selling novelist Hiaasen (Bad Monkey, 2013, etc.) wages a relentless war of words against those who would despoil his home state and cheapen a nation: the greedy, the corrupt and the stupid. Read full book review >