» » Skinny Dip

Download Skinny Dip epub

by Kerry Shale,Carl Hiaasen

Joey Perrone is a woman with a mission. She's just been pushed overboard from a cruise liner by Chaz, her scumbag husband, and survived to tell the tale. But rather than reporting the crime to the police, she decides to stay dead and instead of getting mad, get even. Filled with a host of endearingly offbeat characters, and a narrative that is hilarious, romantic and thought-provoking by turns, "Skinny Dip" takes us on a journey through the warped politics of southern Florida, and through the madness created by the human heart.
Download Skinny Dip epub
ISBN: 0563527099
ISBN13: 978-0563527091
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary
Author: Kerry Shale,Carl Hiaasen
Language: English
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (October 4, 2004)
ePUB size: 1136 kb
FB2 size: 1565 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 812
Other Formats: lrf lit lrf mobi

Hiassen is quite bright, and has an excellent imagination, bringing about nearly impossible people and hilarious situations. Like a good Bordeaux, he may take some 10 more years to mature to greatness, but he is under-way, and very prolific. Focusing on a female person as the center of the plot, with a rich palette of male losers (some charming) one is distracted from the classical male-driven mystery books, (all derived from the father-son conflict), which is refreshing and keeps you engaged. There is even a well-described environmental angle, Florida-specific, which adds depth. There are some 80 pages or so which I would edit out, likely added for heft, and some crowd-pleasing sections which you may find boring, but overall, refreshing, and hope he continues. Already there are several more, possibly built on the same basic formula.
It’s been a few years since I read one of Carl Hiaasen’s books and after reading Skinny Dip I ask myself, “Why the delay?” It was another fantastic read full of twists and turns, the piling on of bad luck for one of the key characters and some sole searching and a turnaround (of sorts) for one of the least expected bad guys. Hiaasen continues to be the master at weaving a well thought out story together with excellent Floridian references that should put his books on the required reading list for those who need to know Florida. Nothing is left out in this book; stilt city, cruise ships, the glades, and the ribbons of hot asphalt that connect it all together. If you think you know what is going on in this state, think again. Better yet read one of Hiaasen’s books and learn. I recommend this as a strong “Buy” for entertainment, action, and mystery. The educational value is tossed in by Hiassen as a bonus….

If you need more psychotic insanity may I recommend another Florida writer named Tim Dorsey. He’ll introduce you to his friend Serge Storms. And if you can’t handle the wackiness of Hiassen, you have another Florida writer named Randy Wayne White to appeal to your mystery and action reading needs; a trio of great writers that tell the story of the Sunshine State.
Joey Perrone is beautiful, rich and married -- but none of that helps her to cope when her husband, Chaz, tosses her off a cruise ship on their second anniversary. Fortunately, Joey was a competition-level swimmer back in the day, and the distant lights of the Florida coastline become much more attainable when she bumps into a floating bale of discarded Jamaican marijuana, which makes a pretty good raft when the chips are down.

When she's rescued by remote island dweller and former cop Mick Stanahan, Joey chooses not to contact the authorities about her near-murder. Instead, she decides a little psychological torture is in order while she tries to figure out just why Chaz opted for homicide over a no-fault divorce.

For Chaz, who believes (with good reason) that his wife is dead, there are very few good days in his future.

"Skinny Dip" is a wonderfully entertaining story, and I owe my enjoyment of it all to Ron, a pulmonary technician at Lancaster General Hospital. Ron, upon learning of my fondness for writer Christopher Moore, extolled the wonders of Carl Hiaasen -- all while putting me through a series of rigorous breathing exercises that left me gasping and reaching for a pen to jot down the author's name.

Hiaasen doesn't spin any modern folklore into his stories -- unlike Moore with his vampires, demons, trickster gods and the like -- but otherwise, the two writers could be spiritual twins.

Besides Joey, Chaz and Mick, Hiaasen peoples his story with a colorful array of supporting characters.

Karl Rolvaag is a Minnesota Norwegian cop, miserable living in the Florida heat, who's assigned to the case after Joey "vanishes" from the cruise ship. Red Hammernut is a thuggish Florida businessman/farmer who wants nothing to do with the federal government's efforts to save the Everglades at his expense -- and he's willing to spend a great deal of money and effort to circumvent them. Earl Edward O'Toole, hirsute and beefy, is addicted to pain-relief patches, collects roadside memorials and is willing to thump people as his duty or mood requires. And then there's Maureen, a lonely, feisty old woman, dying of cancer in a nursing home, who's willing to trade her meds for a little company and isn't afraid to get a little tart where bad manners are concerned.

Hiaasen gets extra points in my book for throwing in a few brief but informative rants on the state of the Everglades and the government's too-little, too-late attempts to preserve them. I knew a bit about their all-important natural diversity, but Hiaasen taught me a thing or two about the once-massive swamp's vital impact on both the ecological and economical viability of Florida's southern end.

Heck, a little consciousness-raising rarely goes amiss. In my native Lancaster County, where rich soil, ancient trees and pure water are often sacrificed to the cause of development, it's easy to empathize.

Bottom line, I thoroughly enjoyed this refreshing "Skinny Dip" in Hiaasen's imagination, and I am eager to read more from this clever and talented writer. It looks like he's been fairly prolific in recent years, so I expect I won't have to wait too long.

by Tom Knapp, Rambles.NET editor
Carl Hiaasen is always a fun read and this is one of his best. Joey Perrone was tossed into the Atlantic by her narcissistic husband, Chaz but unbeknownst to him, she was a collegiate swimmer AND the currents flowed north.
Joey decides to "stay dead" for a while to spy on her horndog husband and to exact a little revenge. It was her luck to float into Mick Stannahan, one of the lovable recurring characters in Hiaasen's South Florida Wacko genre.
Imagine: sneaking into you own house and happening upon your grieving husband putting the moves on another woman although catching whiffs of your perfume takes the starch out of his resolve, so to speak. There are hilarious developments, most notably with the Detective who has his own problems: two missing pet pythons and a rash of small pets who disappear from his condo complex.
Bostwick is a great narrator and he does excellent voices, even the women. His yenta neighbor is a hoot. Check this out for long commutes.