- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Pan (15 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1447259580
- ISBN-13: 978-1447259589
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
"'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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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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The Book arrived in excellent condition - good as new. Great price & very speedy delivery. What more can you ask for ?!!
Another fantastic Carl Hiaasen novel, as per usual. Read more
Omg this is Carl Hiaasen at his absolute best. This has got to be the funniest book I have ever read! I was howling laughing and had giggling flash backs for days afterwards!Published 5 months ago by Tess
My second Hiaasen book and I'm hooked. Great fun read, perfect for a summer holiday. This book is like a good friendPublished 6 months ago by Jessica CC
Can't read enough of this guys books, each one different funny and incredible storylines, well worth more thasn one readPublished on 12 April 2013 by minjac
Can politicians, developers and lobbyists be this corrupt? Are the book's seedier episodes realistic? Probably yes to both, sadly. Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2013 by JoTownhead
The only book which I have read recently which has made me laugh even more is Carl Hiaasen's "Star Island". Am on the lookout for more of this author's work. Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2013 by Malinda
I'm a great fan of Carl Hiaasen & this book is as good as his others I have read. I bought this 2nd hand & it was in really good condition.Published on 9 Feb. 2013 by Robyn C
I found this book was quite gripping and funny at times, yet at others it was a bit sick and it had many deranged characters. Not recommended for the light hearted I suppose. Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2010 by leora