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Skinny Dip [Paperback]

Carl Hiaasen
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1 Jun 2005

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 him to the police, she decides to stay dead and - with a little help from her friends and a few of Chaz's enemies - instead of getting mad, she's going to 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.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan; New Ed edition (1 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552772534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552772532
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,500 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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Skinny Dip is a highly pleasurable reminder that Carl Hiaasen is one of the most quirky and entertaining of modern crime writers. His shadow on the genre has been so massive that his idiosyncratic, brittle-edged prose and sardonic humour may be found served up in the work of a host of imitators. There is no doubt that Hiaasen is at the top of the tree in his chosen field – and if a certain faltering has been evident of late, admirers were more than ready to be patient. Skinny Dip is a signal that the worries of Hiaasen admirers are at an end – the Master is back on form.

The protagonist here is a woman, the luckless Joey Perrone. Joey has not made the wisest matrimonial choice, and her lowlife spouse Chaz has dumped her in the briny from the deck of a luxury cruise liner. She survives – but is her first action to shop her treacherous husband to the police? No, Joey has other ideas. She opts to maintain the fiction that she is now fish food, and inaugurates a little canny retaliation. Utilising her own support group – along with several individuals who have no love for Chaz – she begins to even the score.

This is vintage Hiaasen, with all the old splenetic energy back in place, along with the scorching one-liners that were the author’s traditional stock-in-trade. Joey is a wonderful heroine, and the off-the-wall gallery of characters she encounters in her fightback against her husband are well up to the colourful standards we expect. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Slick, swift and gloriously funny" (Sunday Telegraph)

"The undisputed master of organized chaos... His satire is a fierce unmuzzled snarl, swiftly followed by a painfully ironic bite. Quite simply, brilliant" (The Sunday Times)

"America's finest satirical novelist... the blazing conscience of the sunshine state" (Observer)

"Florida's poet laureate - the chronicler of its corruption, craziness and exploited ecology... a unique satirical talent" (Financial Times)

"The funniest crime novelist to put pen to paper" (Evening Standard)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 19 Aug 2004
Why has it been three full years since Hiassen has written a novel for adults when he can churn out stuff this good?
The story of Joey, Stranhan, Chaz and Tool is right up there among the best that Hiaasen has ever produced, with a great set of characters who make an everlasting impression on the reader. The initial plot is almost (but not quite) farcical but works brilliantly because of Hiaasen's characterisation and humour. A novel about how to get revenge on those who wrong us; brilliantly executed as only Hiassen can.
I couldn't wait until October for this to be published in the UK and bought a copy from the United States... I'm so glad I did. It's my book of the year! Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why Did He Marry Me? 2 Aug 2004
I strongly encourage you NOT to read either the jacket blurb or most reviews of this book. For some reason, people seem to want to give away most of this story to nonreaders. If you do read the spoilers, you will probably only think this a three or four star book . . . yet it is really a tour de force if you let Mr. Hiaasen work his magic without any preconceptions about the story.
As the book opens, Chaz and Joey Perrone are enjoying their second wedding anniversary by taking a cruise that is about to return them to Port Lauderdale. But there's a problem! Despite experiencing great sexual energy, Joey finds herself unexpectedly not enjoying the bliss that such a trip might suggest. Clearly, something's very wrong with her marriage . . . and she doesn't have a clue!
The rest of the book develops for her the reasons why Chaz married her and why the marriage suddenly soured for him. Once she realizes what's been going on, she also wants revenge. What ensues is one of the funniest and most original turning-of-the-tables you can imagine. In the process, Joey learns a lot about herself and what she really wants from life.
As usual, Mr. Hiaasen draws imaginatively on the themes of how greed and self-interest cause people to lead artificial lives that threaten both the environment . . . and ultimately all of us. There's a brilliant symbol involving a deformed snake that makes this book haunting as well as humorous. Snakes also play symbolic roles in other parts of the story. Remember the garden of Eden whenever you read about a snake in this book.
The book does a superb job of helping many of its characters develop and grow based on their experiences. I thought that the evolution of the character named "Tool" was especially well done.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revenge has never been Sweeter! 22 Mar 2006
As she is pushed off the cruise ship, Joey Perrone has no clue why her husband wants her dead. Joey survives the dive in the Gulf Stream and is rescued by an ex-detective, Mick Stranahan. Together, they cook up a satisfying revenge for her conceited husband, Chaz. His self-indulgence and fascination with sex is absolutely comical! Chaz deserves everything that happens to him. This was one of the most enjoyable, well-written, and hilarious books I’ve read in a long time. My only criticism is that Hiaasen's tirades about the treatment of animals and the Everglades, on every other page, become quite trite. That said, it is Hiaasen’s well-developed characters that make this an excellent read. I can't wait to read another Hiassen novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars funny and clever, what more do you want? 5 Sep 2004
Having read most of the Brookmyre catalogue I was steered onto Hiaasen by a co-worker. Working in a bookshop and having no money (not linked...) I found a proof of this in the staff room and decided to give it a go ( was free)
As this is the only Hiaasen I've read I can only review it as a book on its own and I was very impressed. It took a few chapters to get me involved but after finding out Joey (the wife pushed off the ship) was still alive and her devious plans to basically mess-up her husband it suddenly got very interesting.
Extremely creative plot with many twists and the most random characters you can find, who each have their own stories which eventually become one, from a suspicious python-loving detective to what only can be described as an ape-man with a liking for painkillers.
As with Brookmyre and other Hiaasen's, an important part of the book is the injection of humour, which Skinny Dip does not fail to deliver. I have to say some of the funniest incidents and comments come from the numerous times the husband Chad decides to dabble in viagra, usually at the worst times. I was also laughing out loud at a certain point which makes you question an alligators motive when seeming to be looking for a kill..... interesting insight into alligator genitalia....
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous Mystery 12 Sep 2004
One of the more satisfying discoveries for a dedicated crime and mystery reader like myself is the subgenre of humorous hardboiled crime. As paradoxical as it sounds, the combination of strong criminal themes and farce make for some very entertaining books. Elmore Leonard is a master as is Donald Westlake but the most consistently comical and original, in my opinion, is Carl Hiaasen. In SKINNY DIP, Hiaasen has once again presented us with a highly unlikely, yet hugely entertaining story, thrown in an array of unique characters resulting in a very fast-paced and enjoyable book.
When Joey Perrone is thrown overboard while cruising on a luxury liner off the Florida coast, she is too surprised to scream. At the time she was celebrating her second wedding anniversary and the main source of her shock came from the fact that it was her husband, Chaz who did the throwing. The thing that really has her perplexed is that this is the first sign that Chaz was less than happy with their marriage.
Joey is fortunate enough to grab hold of a passing bale of marijuana that happened to be floating by and manages to hold on until she is saved by Mick Shanahan. Shanahan is an ex-cop who has escaped the troubles of civilisation and now minds an island for a rich old Mexican author, giving him the solitude he enjoys. When he picks up Joey and hears her story he is all for calling the police and having Chaz arrested. Joey is not so eager, knowing the uncanny ability her husband has had at avoiding prosecution in the past. Besides, she still doesn't know why her husband tried to kill her, so she'd like to satisfy her curiosity and maybe get a little payback along the way - and it's the payback that provides a good deal of the entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CH
Couldn't read this. The first book I bought by this guy, (Sick Puppy ??), I really loved. Then I bought two more and I read that they are supposedly FUNNY. I was so shocked. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Digital Migrant
1.0 out of 5 stars No Kindle Edition
Can anyone explain why Amazon USA carries this in a Kindle edition but we are unable to buy it here ????
Published 11 months ago by Nigel999
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and readable
I have read a few of his books before. He is consistent. Very easy to read and always amusing. It wont be long before I read another.
Published 16 months ago by Grant
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm
I stopped reading Hiaasen a few years ago when I became a bit bored with the style, which I felt was becoming a bit hackneyed. What do you call his books? Novels? Thrillers? Read more
Published on 27 April 2012 by Jim 8888
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny!
This was the first Carl Hiaasen book I ever ready, and was hooked. Its excellent, and I have gone on to read almost all his books to date, so if you have never read one of his... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2012 by Scroff The Bad
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good yarn
I have not read a lot of Carl Hiassen and approached this audio version of "Skinny Dip" with great anticipation. Read more
Published on 1 April 2011 by J. W. Platt
5.0 out of 5 stars Less Hectic, No Less Funny
Skinny Dip is less hectic than some of Hiaasen's novels but no less worth reading for that. Still funny, absurd, well-paced, great characters. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2010 by paul.ward395
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Hiaasen - It will not be my last!
August 11, 2004
This was my first Hiaasen and what a great funny read (just what I needed after a stressful period in my life). Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2010 by Kate Willard
2.0 out of 5 stars mildly entertaining at best
I bought this book in English after having seen a French translation at a bookstore in Paris. While the idea behind the plot is very original (and made me buy the book in the first... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2009 by Patrick Jeanne
3.0 out of 5 stars skinny dip
this was not as entertaining as some of the later Florida books, but I did enjoy it
Published on 24 Nov 2009 by Ms. I. Fraser
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