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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Random House Audible; Abridged edition (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375409513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375409516
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.9 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,253,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of twelve novels, including the bestselling Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy and Lucky You, and three bestselling children's books, Hoot, Flush and Scat. They have been translated into 34 languages, 33 more than he can read or write. Carl Hiaasen also writes an award-winning column for The Miami Herald.

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Carl Hiaasen's characters ride and flail on little verbal hurricanes, and his literary storm shows no signs of dying down. Sick Puppy shares Dave Barry's giddy gift for finding humour in South Florida horrors, and a bit of Elmore Leonard's genius for pitch-perfect dialogue spouted smartly by criminals who are as dumb as stumps. The title of Hiaasen's eighth novel could apply to most of its characters, but it chiefly refers to an ebullient Labrador retriever named Boodle and the millionaire eco-terrorist Twilly Spree. Let's just say that Twilly has a singular affliction: poor anger management in the face of environmental irresponsibility. When he spots Boodle's owner, Palmer Stoat, tossing litter from a car, Twilly goes to Stoat's home and removes the glass eyeballs from the animals that the bloated lobbyist had shot and mounted on his walls. Boodle gulps down the eyeballs, sustaining no small amount of digestive difficulties.

Soon Boodle and Stoat's wife, Desie, are fugitives from Florida's nature despoilers (who include the Governor, a "glad-handing maggot," the amusingly slimy Stoat, the human bulldozer Krimmler, the cocaine-importer-turned-developer Clapley, and the hit man Mr. Gash, who's fond of sex with multiple beach bimbos in iguana-skin sex harnesses to the tunes of The World's Most Blood Curdling Emergency Calls). Desie, who has a knack for calamitous romance, is smitten with Twilly but urges him not to kill any litterbugs or pelican molesters: "Jail would not be good for this relationship." What keeps pure farce at bay in a novel that romps with the abandon of a scent-crazed Labrador is the otherwise charming Twilly's creepy edge of implacable fanaticism. And what redeems the funny/ugly violence from cliché is its colourful bad guys (they're as iridescent as oil slicks), Hiaasen's excellent wit and the music of his prose. To evoke a drunk asleep on the beach, he adds a pungent detail: "a gleaming stellate dollop of seagull shit decorated his forehead."

Hiaasen is not unflawed. His original eco-terrorist character, ex-Florida governor Clinton "Skink" Tyree, seems like an interloper from the earlier books. However, Hiaasen's the master of madcap ensembles (which is partly why the star-vehicle film of his fine book Strip Tease flopped). Even when you can see a chase scene's denouement coming for a beachfront mile, each paragraph packs descriptive delights to keep you going at breakneck pace. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"'The funniest crime novelist to put pen to paper' - Evening Standard; 'A story that'll make you roar with laughter' - Mirror; 'Arguably his best novel yet' - Heat; 'A refreshing, exhilarating read' - Observer; 'Savage and very funny' - Sunday Telegraph; 'Hiaasen is untouchable' - The Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SJB on 3 July 2001
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I've read and enjoyed all of Hiaasen's books. 'Sick Puppy' was for me the best of them all and a real return to form for Hiassan. Buy this book if you love to laugh out loud as the scene's are painted out and the imagery builds in your head. Great characters combined with Hiassan's trademark tactic of creating totally believable situations and then just tipping them over the edge into almost riotous farce. If you like Tom Sharpe, you'll love this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb. 2001
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What other author is socially aware, enviromentally keen and uproariously bloody funny? Why, that would be the ubiquitous and omnicognisient fellow Hiaasen who can reflect the sick muggy twilighted world of Florida better than Florida can do so in reality. And I'm a true blue Australian; fancy that, eh? Yes, Hiaasen is quite the showman and is entirely perennial, and after reading my first Hiaasen novel not long before this one--"Native Tongue"--I was undeniably itching to read another Floridean Whackos Chronicle from the penman of the best protagonists found in realistic fiction. "Sick Puppy" is an ineffable menagerie of eccentric and bawdy characters, but it is much better complemented by the strong characterizations, the water-proof tight plotting and the satiric human observations which make you want to lie down before getting vertigo. Oh, and they make you laugh quite a bit as well. In my mind, I believe that it was Hiaasen and Quentin Tarrantino who founded this genre of excellence, and the Brits--Ben Elton, Robert Llewellyn and of course the majestic Guy Ritchie--have been attempting to steal it, and quite successfully so in later years. Yet "Sick Puppy" once again reassures which nation of red and white dappled stars actually secures the ability to use this genre in the best way. It's essentially black humour, and albeit one would not appellate it intrinsically as comedic, it is certain wry, and very, very funny. Twilly Spree is a preferable character to the tight-lipped Joe Winder, and Palmer Stoat--to all intents and purposes--shines as the unruly and unkempt antagonist. Our old companion Skink has once again an elongated (yet comfortably long) cameo, as does the ritualistic trooper, Jim Tile.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug. 2001
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This book had me thinking how great if the Coen brothers made a movie out of this story. Strong visualisations abound. Anyone who has been to Florida and in particular the coastal-strip developments, will be prompted to think back to what it was like before the bulldozers buried the toads. The characters are very well crafted if a little predictable. A thoroughly enjoyable off the wall eco-romp.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 July 2001
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This was my first Hiaasen novel and I'll make sure it won't be the last. The action flies along at a fair old rate and our eponymous hero, Twill Spree is so flawed you just have to relate to him. Hiaasen's Florida is one where tourists, youngsters and ignoramuses (ignoramii?) couldn't care less about the litter they leave behind. The powerful eco-message is delivered through Twilly's acts of vengeance, some of which make you laugh yourself off whichever chair you're sat on. I was on holiday when I read this and it made me feel embarassed to be English. It was the first time I'd really noticed the litterbugs at work and I found myself shouting at some 5 year old who'd dropped a gobbet of chewing gum next to my sunbed.
Excellent, excellent fun and Mr Gash will surely go down in history as the most obnoxious hitman ever. The 'acquisition' of spare dog parts and discovery by the police is a spark of genius too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Saffron on 11 Sept. 2007
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This is typically Hiaasen - set in Florida, including an ecccentric eco-warrior, a beautiful woman, a truly repulsive baddie and numerous corrupt politicians bent on despoiling the beauty of Florida's coastline. As with all Hiaasen's work, good triumphs over evil, the baddies suffer painful and ignoble deaths. The reader is left with a sense of temporary satisfaction - the plan has been thwarted this time, but we just know that someone else will try it again soon.

I love Hiaasen's novels - they are easy to read, fast-paced and witty, with the usual thumbnail character sketches fleshing out absurd characters that are strangely realistic. The storylines are a little formulaic, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it. if you haven't read Hiaasen, do start - you won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine Mendoza on 25 July 2000
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A witty, sad, frightening tale of an ecco-terrorist who reeks havoc on the lives of those he catches in criminal acts against the enviorment. When main character, Twilly Spree, catches powerful and successful lobbyist Palmer Stoat, emptying the contents of his fast food lunch from his car window, Spree swings into action, and dumps a ten mile mound of garbage on Stoat's brand new parked BMW convertibile. This fast pace page turner is filled with intrigue, murder,and romance ... you won't be able to put it down. After reading "Sick Puppy," Your recycle bin will never look the same! I also just finished "A Tourist in the Yucatan" an interesting Thriller/mystery/adventure.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Jun. 2004
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Have you ever been annoyed by seeing someone throw trash from a car window into a pristine environment?
If yes, what did you do? Chances are that you muttered a few words and soon forgot the incident.
Twilly Spree goes into total road rage in such situations (after first stopping to pick up the trash). In this waking daydream, Twilly pursues corrupt lobbyist Palmer Stoat hoping to cure him of his littering. In the process, Twilly finds that Palmer is a greater threat to the environment than through his littering.
Mother Nature, Stoat's dog (renamed McGuinn rather than Boodle) and Stoat's wife team up to help Twilly right the wrongs that Stoat is pursuing.
The satire concerning corrupt politicians and developers is pretty extreme, so be prepared for broad humor. In their quest for power and the fast buck, these men end up acquiring the counterfeit version of everything they seek . . . and usually are too obtuse to tell the difference between counterfeit and the real thing. At the same time, they are totally oblivious to the natural beauty around them.
Twilly and the environmentalists come across as a modern-day anti-litter S.W.A.T. unit. Their lives are crazed by the indifference to nature that they see around them.
Sick Puppy is a wonderful choice title for this book, because the dog is the least sick puppy in this book.
Why did I rate the book four stars rather than five? In a number of places, the plot slows down to preen the heroes. Mr. Hiaasen didn't seem to fully respect his own story in the process.
I was tempted, though, to give the book five stars anyway for the ending. It's quite imaginative.
So what will you do the next time you see someone littering?
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