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Skintight Paperback – 7 May 1999

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (7 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330314203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330314206
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Times

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Format: Paperback
Once again Hiassen delivers a great tale about human greed. Based in Florida and dealing with the vain world of plastic surgery, city-wide corruption and those unfortunate to be dragged into its sordid affairs, Hiassen weaves his magic pen. An Amish 7' hit man, an investigative TV crew, a five times married ex-state Attorney and a highly successful yet inept plastic surgeon are all blended together to make this highly enjoyable tale. The humour is dry, morbid at times, but it is all well written and highly probable if but slightly exaggerated. His trademark sarcasm and wit rolls off every page taking the reader to improbable scenarios which are slickly depicted by the author. A great read by one of the funniest authors of our time.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Aug. 2004
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South Florida has been a national stereotype of corruption since developers began selling underwater real estate in swamps at premium prices in the 1920s to out-of-state "investors." It's been all downhill in the national psyche since then. Is it any wonder that many question the Presidential election results for their honesty in 2000?
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.
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The Book arrived in excellent condition - good as new. Great price & very speedy delivery. What more can you ask for ?!!
Another fantastic Carl Hiaasen novel, as per usual. I have read loads of them already - I'm a HUGE Fan !! (-:
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Skin Tight continues the tale of Mick Stranaham, an investigator who wants to left alone to enjoy his life. He has gone so far to achieve this goal as to move out to a deserted house on stilts out at sea. However, his plans fail when he is surprised one day by a Mafia hit man sent to kill him for no reason he can determine. 'Skin Tight' follows Mick as he uncovers what is going on and finds himself embroiled in another slick adventure this time in the world of Florida Plastic Surgery.
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.
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I really enjoyed this book, its a kind of Stephanie Plum for blokes!!! The main theme is rich-plastic-surgeon-ineptly-tries-to-kill-hero. The characters are all great and there are some excellent unexpected twists. Mick Stranahan is a bit more streetwise than Stephanie Plum but there are some great farcical moments. I am planning on reading more of his books VERY soon!!!
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This intro to the book's unconventional "hero," Mick Stranahan, is just the tip of the iceberg as way-out characters go. Stranahan, formerly with the Florida State Attorney's office, now "retired" at their request, lives in Biscayne Bay in Stiltsville, where he is the only full-time resident. When a hit-man invades his home for reasons unknown, Mick kills him with the only "weapon" at hand--a stuffed marlin head--then drops him back into the bay.

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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