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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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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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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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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SKINNY DIP by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 16, 2004

"'I had a feeling he didn't love me any more,' muses bobbing Joey, 'but this is ridiculous.' It's also bitingly satirical, sublimely zany, and deeply satisfying."
Florida's preeminent satirist returns from a YA excursion (Hoot, 2002) to ask the eternal question: What happens when the wife you've killed isn't dead? 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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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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SKIN TIGHT by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 11, 1989

"Great entertainment, Hiaasen's best."
Black-humored crime-novelist Hiaasen (Tourist Season, 1986; Double Whammy, 1987) tops himself here, exploding sardonic marvels on nearly every page—in an exceptionally inventive tale of a retired Florida cop and his run-ins with the weirdest villains this side of Batman. 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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NATURE GIRL by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2006

"For once, the characters are funnier than their exhaustingly unpredictable interactions. The result is less satire than usual from Hiaasen (Skinny Dip, 2004, etc.), and more Rube Goldberg farce."
Hiaasen's latest heroine is mad as hell, at least when she's off her meds, and she's not going to take it anymore. 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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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 >