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Not his best book
on 4 March 2009
I enjoy Carl Hiaasen's books but I agree with the reviewer here who headed his review 'disappointing'. If you have not read one of Hiaasen's books before this is NOT the place to start (if you HAVE read his books then the first thing to say is that 'Skink' does not feature).
The main problem with the book for me is that while most of his books are largely populated with oddball and disfunctional characters, this book is ONLY populated with oddball and disfunctional characters! Not only that but you find it hard to like ANY of them (even central character Honey - though you are sure to have sympathy for her hatred of tele-sales folks).
Add to this that there is a slightly un-nervingly perverted thread running through the book (much more so than his normal healthy regard for the 'sex, drugs and rock'n'roll' lifestyle) and if this is the first Hiaasen book you have read you might well get a poor impression of a usually very funny crime writer.
Start with another of his books (such as 'Sick Puppy') and save this one as a 'filler' while waiting for him to (hopefully) return to form with his next book. This book has not put me off Hiaasen, it is far from dreadful and has much to enjoy in places, but I had looked forward to reading it and it was a bit of a let down.