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Stormy Weather [Paperback]

Carl Hiaasen
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9 April 1999

Crucifixions were rare, even in Miami . . .

Madison Avenue adman Max Lamb is a disappointed man. A prime time hurricane devastates southern Florida at the start of his honeymoon . . . and he can’t even use his camcorder. Fortunate really, as the results would not make family viewing back home in New York.

Within hours the ruins are alive with mobsters, crusaders, temptresses, presidential aides and escaped wild animals. Even a crucifixion, previously unheard of in these parts, can’t halt the mayhem. For the inhabitants of Dade County, the hurricane is the second goldrush – the year’s hottest scam. Everyone wants a piece. And Max, he just wants to go home . . .

Stormy Weather is the great Carl Hiaasen back on his native patch. A savage satire on life, death and the American Dream. And the funniest Florida fable ever.

‘The nation’s premiere satirist . . . perhaps the funniest important writer in America’ Miami Herald

‘The funniest English of this century’ Washington Post

‘A bracing, bawdy, howlingly funny novel’ Cosmopolitan

‘Reading him is violently pleasurable – a bit like being on a terrifyingly good rollercoaster’ Daily Mail

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (9 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330340948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330340946
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,213 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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About the Author

Carl Hiaasen has been writing about Florida since he was given a typewriter at the age of six. His novel, BASKET CASE, was a Sunday Times hardcover bestseller for over a month on publication in March 2002. As well as fiction, Hiaasen writes columns for the Miami Herald.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, with an intermingling plotline 6 Mar 2002
By A Customer
This could easily be a best selling Coen brothers movie.There is no main character which adds to this book's magic and with the end of every chapter the reader has very little idea as to what is going to happen next.A easy to read novel but with a complex story line.This book has the lot.I for one will be looking into Mr Hiaasen's back catalogue if this is an example of his work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Got to keep reading... 6 Nov 2001
By A Customer
This is the first Carl Hiaasen book I've ever read and I loved it! It had one of the most unusual (and rather complicated), yet funny, plots I've ever come across. I found his style of writing to be refreshingly different and the characters within the story to be wonderfully diverse (from the weird and wacky 'Captain' to the very amiable hero, with many variations in between!).
I found it very difficult to put this book down (even for the call of nature) and kept telling myself that I would "read to the end of this chapter", but after having reached that goal, I found myself reading to the end of the next, never wanting to let go!
A 'feel-good' book! I'll definitely be reading Carl Hiaasen again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More over the top, more satirical than ever 26 May 2001
I really enjoyed this one. What a bunch of crazies, the Americans I mean, not the characters in this book. Well, ok, the characters too. But it's by having completely off the wall characters like the ex-governor that Hiaasen gets the satire of the money-is-all despoilers of his state and continent to hit home. The characters are pretend, but Florida is for real. Political corruption is real (here too). Nasty baddies and stupid eejits are real.
And so are the laughs. He's one smart cookie, Hiaasen, and I always look forward to reading a new one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bestseller 1995 and entertaining 7 Oct 2007
As a hurricane hurtles through Florida, a handful of unusual people react in peculiar ways. Honeymooning Max Lamb eagerly videotapes the wreckage but is soon kidnapped by a reclusive ex-governor called Skink. Meanwhile two hustlers try to stage an insurance scam, and Max's new wife hunts for him with the help of a millionaire who juggles skulls. Book contains strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of an adult nature. Even with all that, this is a humors tale with a strange sense of justice.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Hiaasen fan and expected more... 4 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Hiaasen is a great (funny) writer, always picking aspects of his native America that he finds quirky or amusing, and then through commentary shares those thoughts with us, and hopefully we laugh with him.
Stormy Weather is no different in what it tries to achieve. He's picked up a subject that will cause chaos (hurricanes do that), chooses a handful of (possibly stereotypical) characters, throws in a leading lady and a hero who's lost his way, a big cash settlement, and bingo! A Hiaasen novel.
The ideas are good, individual elements are good (the shock collar is class), but as a novel it didn't keep me interested. Hiaasen has produced better, Native Tongue is a wonderful uncomplicated read that will make you laugh from the beginning. Lucky You is a little slower to start with but picks up with great speed and nice twists. Sick Puppy is top notch (can't fault it!), but this offering is too slow (and clunky if I'm honest!).
Some claim that his writing lacks imagination and tension, that he is too formulaic , but it depends what you want? From a comedy read like Hiaasen I want a read with topics that I can easily identify, and then use his imagination on top of these topics to build a wacky and colourful world. I'm not particulary after tension from Hiaasen, if I want that I'll turn to Elmore Leonard or James Ellroy. And yes, he is formulaic to the extend that he knows what good building blocks are for his novels. Beyond the foundations is where his creativity flourishes, and he is no longer formulaic. No, Hiaasen is there to make me laugh, and for the most part he does that by getting his foundations set and then letting his imagination run wild.
Don't get me wrong, Stormy Weather did make me laugh out loud many times, but it didn't work for me as a whole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 22 Sep 2000
Carl Hiassen's "Stormy Weather" takes place in the aftermath of one of Florida's worst huricanes. It is one of the funniest books I have ever read.
Hiassen has a style that seems to move about aimlessly through many different characters whose fates all seem to be intertwined. Although some of his characters seem a little unbelievable and the plot is a little contrived, it works amazingly well. It's also full of suprises. Hiassen sets up one situation and then just when you think one thing will happen, he does something completely different.
"Stormy Weather" is a book of surprises, thrills, laughs. Most of all it is a quality book and incredibly hard to put down once you have started reading it. Buy this book now.
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Following a colossal storm in Florida a host of dodgy characters descend on the place - 'beachcombing' and getting in each other's way. But fear not, redemption arrives in the form of an ex-politico (now a long-haired down-and-out) with strong environmental beliefs and practical skills.

The book stays sharp through its relatively short length, keeping you tight and interested with several manageable threads. Not one word goes to waste, and no flab wobbles through any part of it. As an introduction to Carl Hiaasen this is topnotch, and in my humble view far better than Janet Evanovich's 'One for the Money' - which tends to plod and ramble a tad too much.
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