- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Press; First UK Edition edition (1 Oct. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593053737
- ISBN-13: 978-0593053737
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.8 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Skinny Dip Hardcover – 1 Oct 2004
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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 authors 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
"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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The story is mostly set in Florida and although it is almost entirely a work of fiction, an author's note says that the one element of fact in the story is the description of the ecological devastation man has wrought on the Florida Everglades and the efforts being made to repair the damage.
As the book begins the heroine, Joey Perrone, is involuntarily taking the Skinny Dip of the title, having been thrown overboard from a luxury liner by her husband in what should have been the perfect murder. Her clothes are ripped off when she hits the water, leaving Joey naked in shark-infested water, an eight hour swim from the nearest land, at night when attracting the attention of any passing ships will be almost impossible.
Joey's first challenge will be to survive and even for the college swimming champion she once was, that will be a tall order. If she lives, her next challenge will be to find out why her handsome but useless, immoral rat of a husband wanted to murder her.
The villain of this story Dr Chaz Perrone (PhD) is very similar to most of the villains of Carl Hiaasen novels in that he is a miserable excuse for a human being whose total lack of morals is only matched by his utter incompetence and who keeps getting himself into ridiculous situations which serve him right. Indeed, Chaz Perrone is one of Hiaasen's funniest villains and that is saying something.Read more ›
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