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  • Title: Skinny Dip
  • Author: Carl Hiaasen
  • ISBN: 9780446615129
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Marine biologist Chaz Perrone can t tell a sea horse from a sawhorse And when he throws his beautiful wife, Joey, off a cruise liner, he really should know better An expert swimmer, Joey makes her way to a floating bale of Jamaican pot and then to an island inhabited by an ex cop named Mick Stranahan, whose ex wives include five waitresses and a TV producer Now Joey wanMarine biologist Chaz Perrone can t tell a sea horse from a sawhorse And when he throws his beautiful wife, Joey, off a cruise liner, he really should know better An expert swimmer, Joey makes her way to a floating bale of Jamaican pot and then to an island inhabited by an ex cop named Mick Stranahan, whose ex wives include five waitresses and a TV producer Now Joey wants to get revenge on Chaz and Mick s happy to help her.But in swampy South Florida, separating lies from truths and stupidity from brilliance isn t easy Especially when you re after a guy like Chaz who s bad at murder, great at fraud, and just terrible at getting caught
    Skinny Dip Marine biologist Chaz Perrone can t tell a sea horse from a sawhorse And when he throws his beautiful wife Joey off a cruise liner he really should know better An expert swimmer Joey makes her way

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    1. Ok, now I get it And by it I mean all the Hiaasen hoopla among those with whom I share a certain brand of humor an it that baffled me after my first encounter with Carl via Bad Monkey We re back in Florida, where even the craziest of characters are plausible probable Since I m not exactly trailblazing new territory here in book review land, I ll just give you some quick picks from the cast of Skinny Dip which may or may not overlap with everyone s favorite super secret spy agency damn you terror [...]

    2. Joey Perrone is pissed and she has every right to be On their second wedding anniversary, her husband, Chaz, surprises her by booking a romantic Carnival style cruise He surprises her again by getting her drunk, throwing her overboard in the middle of the night, and leaving her as shark bait What Chaz doesn t know is that Joey survives by clinging to a wayward bale of Jamaican weed She s found, exhausted and a little worse for wear, by Mick Stranahan, a recluse who lives on a private island and [...]

    3. 3.5 starsI always enjoy Carl Hiaasen s satiric, comic novels which generally highlight some atrocity humans are inflicting on the state of Florida In this book, Hiassen concentrates on Everglades pollution.The story Chaz Perrone who likes to be called Dr Perrone has a Ph.D in marine biology and a cushy job for the state of Florida monitoring pollution in the Everglades The thing is, Chaz should really be called Dr Scumbag because he s being paid off by Red Hammernut, a south Florida farmer whose [...]

    4. Loved this So I read this on Jeff s recommendation See, he wrote a review for another book by this guy called Tourist Season And in his review he had the nerve to call people from Florida loopy Well, I grew up in that lovely state, and I m normalright Hmmm It got me thinking.So I asked one of my friends.The conversation went like this Me You don t think I m weird because I m from Florida, do you Them Remember last summer Me Yeah Them Remember when you killed that snake Me The copperhead Yeah, so [...]

    5. Carl Hiaasen is right at home in that collective of modern, witty crime fiction writers who are neither Dashiell Hammett nor Raymond Chandler and hope against that you won t attempt the comparison That he s good, there s no doubt It s just he s not genius.And that s fine Not everyone can abide in stellar heights, unreachable and ever gunned for Skinny Dip was a perfectly enjoyable ode to revenge All the bad people got what was coming to them and none of the good people ever fell prey to their va [...]

    6. It was boggling to realize that an elevated ribbon of dirt was essentially all that separated 5 million raucous, distracted human beings from the prehistoric solitude of the Everglades The detective regretted that during his hitch in South Florida he hadn t spent time on the other side of the levee the sane and peaceful side Carl Hiaasen take us for a rollercoaster ride through the insane and troublesome side of the levee A place where husbands throw their wives overboard during the cruise for [...]

    7. This is a favorite author of mine He has the very best of characters Bizarre, misdirected, lost, but always fun.

    8. I was out looking for a short term relationship, a book with benefits , a quick encounter with no long term demands, just a few hours of pleasure I met Skinny Dip in the bar and who wouldn t be attracted to a cover with a suggestively unclothed blond beauty in the water I asked her out from the library for a brief fling I wasn t disappointed that s for sure Written by some guy I had never heard of, it had good reviews I checked and made sure it wasn t part of some 15 part novel series I just did [...]

    9. Stranahan is back And so is ex governor Skink That may be why I put a fifth star on this one Or it just fit me perfectly at the time Anyway, I had a tremendously fun time with this book.

    10. This book was plain hilarious It begins with Chaz throwing wife Joey overboard a cruise ship and her not only surviving, but plotting her revenge against him with ex cop Mick She decides to stay dead while slowly driving Chaz mad until the big ending A little action, comedy, and romance wrapped into one book As unrealistic and laughable as Hiaasen s books are, they somehow tend to work out well this way I always feel like it s a light break from the heavy stuff and can always expect a good laugh [...]

    11. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum 3.5 StarsJoey Perrone would have never guessed her husband would toss her overboard during their anniversary cruise Mick Stranahan would have never guessed he d pull a naked woman off a floating bale of marijuana while fishing After their bizarre chance encounter, Joey and Mick team up to find out why Joey s philandering husband would choose to kill her rather than ask for a divorce and to get some payback in the process.Like all of Hiassen s books, Skinny [...]

    12. This is the seventh Hiaasen book I ve read While he s never going to be my favourite author, I really enjoyed the first six This seventh outing, however, didn t have the same appeal In fact, every time I stopped reading this book it was because I d fallen asleep It s definitely not a good sign that a comedy thriller has me dropping off so frequently while reading it.I think part of the problem was that the plot didn t cope with being stretched out so much If this book had been about two thirds t [...]

    13. Carl Hiaasen is a funny author He creates a lot of compelling and funny characters That said, why are his female characters especially the lead here underdeveloped and boring When you have tertiary characters Tool, Red, the Captain that are far interesting than your main character, you have to wonder about the author s ability to flesh out the women in his books I have the same complaint about the only other book of his Lucky You that I ve read.Still, an amusing book well plotted and entertaini [...]

    14. Carl Hiaasen s Skinny Dip is the usual hilarious and bittersweet Hiaasen plot about fantastic and ridiculous criminals working legally under Florida s lax and corrupt government s environmental laws and victims who decide vigilantism will work better than Florida s legal system not exactly untrue, is it.As the book begins, beautiful and rich Joey Perrone is being murdered by her husband of two years, Chaz Chaz is a Florida State biologist whose job normally involves measuring agricultural pollut [...]

    15. How to categorize this book It s not a mystery although it starts with a murder It s not a police procedural, although a policeman is trying to make the case against the murderer throughout the book It s not a romance, although it ends with a happily ever after It s not a comedy, although absurdities pile up on the pages I d call it a farce with environmental flavor In the beginning, the antagonist, biologist Chaz Perrone, pitches his wife Joey overboard from a cruise ship He is happy with the d [...]

    16. This book was recommended as great light, pulpy reading by two of the people I love and respect most in this world And it is with all respect to those two people that I say here, I just don t get it The first chapter was good enough to grab my attention, but by the time I was 1 3 the way through I just kept thinking it s got to get better , its got to get better Turns out, the third act just gets worse I mean I know its supposed to be pulpy, but the dialogue in this book reminded me of a Michael [...]

    17. I picked this up at a used bookstore because I had seen it several times before and it looked somewhat amusing And that s about all it was somewhat amusing The main characters are hollow and stereotypical, and the plot, for all its twists and turns, is fairly predictable I did like Ricca, the Woman On The Side she was the only character whose manner and speech were both realistic and funny throughout The worst part about this book is the writing style repetitious and unimaginitive, Hiaasen spell [...]

    18. Someone recommended Carl Hiaasen s latest book to me, Bad Monkey But I am not as dumb as I may appear From the effusive encomium of this trusted recommender, I knew I would like this guy, so I went back a bit in time to acquaint myself with this author That way, when I found that I loved him, I wouldn t have to go totally backwards in my reading, which I hate doing Skinny Dip is a crime novel that sits heads and shoulders above the usual fare, for its characterizations, biting and witty social s [...]

    19. Carl Hiaasen s books are, hands down, the best Florida postcards in the market Let me explain I take it every bastard out there knows what sunny Florida is all about gators, tan, beaches, girls in bikini, huge fuck off yachts with girls in bikini, flashy cars with girls in bikini, Hulk Hogan in bikini, girls in bikini surrounding Hulk Hogan in bikini, and all that Also, bikini shops with girls in bikini shopping for bikinis At least that s what Miami Vice has taught me That said, Carl Hiaasen [...]

    20. Skinny Dip is character and dialog driven fiction The plot is original and well constructed, but it s the characters that make you want to keep reading There s a chronically inept biologist, his remarkably resilient wife, a morally bankrupt Florida agri mogul, and his dim witted minion Hiaasen weaves sparse narrative with crisp dialog to keep the story moving along.This is not life changing, morally uplifting fiction we re talking about here The book is simply fun, easy reading I found myself bi [...]

    21. I do love to junk out on Carl Hiaasen his characters are the best of the best as far as endearing bizarre flaky A failed attempt at killing his wife leads a fantastically sleazy, comical and completely unlikable pseudo biologist down a hot, sticky, mosquito infested, crocodile ridden, and ridiculously ill fated path from a previously bland housing development life in Boca Raton to the depths of the swampy Everglades Crimes against the environment and one miserably failed murder attempt after the [...]

    22. Okay, so I know that I am lame I picked this book out based solely on the fact that I discovered that it was on Dr Shephard s shelf However, I saw it also came highly recommended So I thought I d check it out.Plot Charles Perrone, a crooked marine biologist who drives a Hummer and doesn t recycle, dumps his wife, Joey, off a cruise ship into the Key West waters to die Joey, a champion swimmer, however does not die and is rescued by first a bale of marijuana and then Mick Stanagan, a chronic divo [...]

    23. I read this when I was on vacation in Florida, and I liked it it was F U N This is the only Hiaasen I ve ever read, though I ve started one or two others and not gotten into it them.I have to admit, while I was reading this I couldn t stop wishing that El Leonard would care about the environment I really love that Hiassen works his conservationist agenda in so wonderfully in a way that enhances, rather than detracts from, his fun fun fun story, but I just can t get as into other stuff about him [...]

    24. Audiobook read by Stephen HoyeOn their anniversary cruise, Chaz Perrone throws his wife Joey overboard He has to kill her because she s discovered his secret But Joey was a champion swimmer in college and she manages to survive the night, clinging to a bale of Jamaican weed She s rescued by Mick Stranahan, former investigator for the Dade State Attorney s office, now retired and living on a remote island with his dog Strom Rather than go to the police, Joey convinces Mick that they should mess w [...]

    25. I read 307 pages of this book, which frankly is 300 pages too many for me It s the selection for my book club, otherwise I doubt I would have even tried as much as I did with this I pretty much hated this book I didn t like or care about any of the characters except for Tool, he was interesting I didn t at all buy Joey as a victim In fact I found her trite and spiteful and plain stupid Also, I don t know a single woman who goes around goading people into action by saying come on you pussy Her hu [...]

    26. I will admit that the concept of the book is delicious A botched murder attempt by a self absorbed, fairly clever and fraudulent biologist husband of his far clever and resourceful wife leads to a plot of revenge from beyond the grave The characters are interesting to say the least They are often quirky to the point of being nearly absurd.That said, why 3 stars By the time the book ended, I didn t care much for what happened to the characters The character of Chaz Porrone, the naughty husband, [...]

    27. I m on a big Carl Hiaasen kick I just love the way his characters are such characters You never once think, Now who s that guy because everyone is so memorable.I listened to Skinny Dip on audio and the sex scene in chapter eight is one of the most hilariously awkward character driven sex scenes I ve ever heard I was driving down the street roaring with laughter, and had to sit in my driveway with the car running a few minutes to see how it all played out I think that s the mark of a great audiob [...]

    28. this guy had a great plot for a book, but wasted my time writing it the whole thing was a masturbatory exercise in stereotyping and ready to be shocked creating a baseless, boring romance between a gruff older cop and a gorgeous younger woman i was completely underwhelmed by this novel and will be steering clear of his other books.

    29. Hiaasen with a heart I enjoyed this book enormously, just for the sheer silliness of it And there was a cameo appearance of Skink My only complaint is that I read it at night so that my dreams became quite Hiaasenesque Actually, my favorite character was Tool, the hirsute hit man Well, he s not really a hit man, but the alliteration was just too good to miss Editorial Review Charles Chaz Perrone fancies himself a take charge kind of guy So when this biologist by default suspects that his curvace [...]

    30. This is my first Hiaasen, but I doubt it will be my last This was a fun, quick, quirky read, and it had enough humor and drama to keep my interest throughout.This genre pop mystery thriller is not one I read a whole lot of, but I probably would if were like Skinny Dip This reminded me a lot of one of those dark, zany movies A Fish Called Wanda, maybe some of the characters were a little too outrageous and one dimensional, and some of the situations a bit too absurd, but it works because of its [...]

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