Skintight Paperback – 7 May 1999
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'A wonderful indictment of the American obsession with beauty and success... probably the funniest book of its kind that you will come across all year' Financial TimesSee all Product Description
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Carl Hiaasen is one of our great comic crime writers, and Skin Tight is one of his best efforts. I missed the book when it first came out, but wanted to know more about Mick Stranahan after reading Skinny Dip (which I also loved).
Mick Stranahan is retired from the state police . . . because he was too good at his job. A crooked judge ended up dead, and the judge's friends didn't like that. The reverberations from that event continue in Skin Tight.
Mick spends his days with a little fishing and a little lazing in the sun in his stilt house built over the water. That idyllic existence is disturbed when someone sends a hit man to take him out. Being totally unprepared, Mick defends himself as best he can (in a way you'll never forget). Soon another hit man is on his way who presents a different challenge. Dead bodies are soon piling up on the beaches in south Florida, and his friends in police work keep asking him what he knows. Actually, he doesn't know very much at first. Gradually, he finds out that he's been set up to take a fall by a crooked witness in an investigation he ran four years earlier into the disappearance of a young woman after her plastic surgery.
Before he's done, Mick finds out who's after him . . . and closes up that old wound. In the process, there's more comic mayhem than you can imagine. You will probably find Chemo to be one of the best comic villains since "Jaws" in the James Bond movies.
If you dislike phonies, you will find several to dislike in the story . . . and each will get their comeuppance in deliciously appropriate ways.
If you enjoy Mick, be sure to read Skinny Dip as well.
Another fantastic Carl Hiaasen novel, as per usual. I have read loads of them already - I'm a HUGE Fan !! (-:
This is the first adult Hiaasen book that I have read and I really enjoyed it. The characters where well developed and the bad guys really came to life throughout. A criticism would be that it was almost too violent with every character potentially a victim meaning - that it felt far fetched.
I really enjoyed this title and will be looking out to read more in the series.
Before long, Mick--and the reader--are up to their eyeballs in craziness. The case of a young woman who disappeared four years ago after undergoing a nose job may be at the center of this wild plot. Her plastic surgeon, Dr. Rudy Graveline, manages to have Hollywood actresses beating a path to his door, but is apparently a complete fraud who has not performed real surgery in years. Reynaldo Flemm, a Geraldo Rivera clone, is doing an investigation of the surgeon, and he has interviewed his former nurse, thereby endangering her life. As Mick becomes involved in all these crazy plots, he is pursued by a second mob hitman, this one seven feet tall, with a skin problem and a face that even major surgery cannot fix.
As the violence and the body count rise, author Carl Hiaasen keeps the absurdities coming, and his satire of Florida, the entertainment industry, the plastic surgery "industry," and even the New Jersey mob never flags. Laugh-out-loud funny, this 1989 novel captures universal "truths," and is still as irreverent and as timely as it was when it was written. n Mary Whipple
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Good author and good condition. wished he had wrote more in this vain as he makes me chuckle.Published 4 months ago by Katrina Smith
Having read Bad Monkey which is far superior, I started on his back catalogue. Unfortunately this only gets 3 stars, his style is not as assured and well developed and the pacing... Read morePublished 23 months ago by delft mama
Not as "laugh out loud" funny as some of his books, but full of unique characters and quirky plot lines.Published on 6 Jun. 2014 by K.E Franklin
Thriller, comedy and romance in one. If you are looking for a novel with a gripping plot and witty humour, you won't be disappointed. Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2010 by Joyce
This book (1989) is a very entertaining thriller. A lot happens, and some things are quite awful, but the general tone in the book is one of gaiety. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2010 by JudithAnn
The first thing to mention about Carl Hiaasen's 'Skin Tight' is that it is now almost a period piece. Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2010 by C. Green