I can only comment on this tale, so while others have said it does not measure up to his previous work, this novel had some wicked, razor sharp humor. The author really offers readers two elements, a novel to read, and a novel as a device to eviscerate current and recurring issues.
The story itself is not one that I found to be exceptional, but there are a few characters that provide social commentary that is painfully funny. The author also skewers such hallowed institutions as the press. His specific target is television with the anchors including, "the bubble headed bleach blonde" made famous by The Eagles. A tropical storm plays a role in the book and is the catalyst for the local news to report once again on another tropical storm, but this storm offers something other than the repetitive footage of mayhem at the supermarket. In their mindless zeal in pursuit of tabloid news these geniuses lose 9 of their staff to the storm. The nine they lose also happen to be the only nine people who die in the entire state.
My favorite players were Arnie and Phil who live at what they have named, "The Old Farts Senile Dying Center". Both are octogenarians that enjoy life as much or more than they ever did thanks to marvelous scientific inventions like Viagra. The repartee between these two is reminiscent of that between the players who once graced television during the 11 year run of MASH.
To give you an idea of how extreme this story gets, these two curmudgeons wrestle a submarine to shore, finally grounding it on the beach at The Breakers. Then there is the Conch Shell who is an outlaw and killer, the mob, and a variety of characters that would be at home in an Elmore Leonard novel adapted to film, or possibly put on screen by Quentin Tarentino.
I thought the book a bit drawn out, but when this writer is funny you will laugh until the neighbors complain.