Search Results: "Carl Hiaasen"


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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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BASKET CASE by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2002

"The giggles throughout, in fact, are authentic, but this time the crazies only nibble at the edges of the dutiful detective story instead of disporting themselves smack into the middle of things, as they've done in Hiaasen's more inspired crime comedies."
South Florida's master farceur takes enough off his trademark loony tunes (Sick Puppy, 2000, etc.) to fit some, though not all, the laughs into a whodunit. Read full book review >

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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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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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BAD MONKEY by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 12, 2013

"Not as funny as Hiaasen's best (Star Island, 2010, etc.), with a title character more vicious than amusing, but still the gold standard for South Florida criminal farce."
A severed arm that a visiting angler hooks off Key West kicks off Hiaasen's 13th criminal comedy. Read full book review >

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POWDER BURN by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1981

"Good, solid underworld melodrama—with some especially authentic touches in the police work (a morgue scene is a standout) and the trafficking."
The cocaine traffic in Miami—convincingly, tautly fictionalized by two Miami Herald reporters. 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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NAKED CAME THE MANATEE by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"So much for life, and art, on the cutting edge."
Thirteen top Florida writers team up, one chapter each, for this formula crime farce. 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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SCAT by Carl Hiaasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Hiaasen's third outing for young readers might be a little slow in pacing and the character types might be recognizable to experienced readers, but fans of Hoot and Flush (2002, 2005) will not be disappointed by this funny, believable, environmentally friendly tween thriller. (Thriller. 10-15)"
During a field trip to Black Vine Swamp, a suspicious "wildfire" breaks out, and much-feared and -reviled science teacher Mrs. Starch vanishes. 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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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 >