Learn more Download now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more

Customer Review

on 18 February 2011
For over twenty years, Carl Hiaasen has used satire and very black humour to savage the property-developers and corrupt politicians who have desecrated the natural beauty of his native Florida. With "Star Island", he still has those targets in his sights, but he broadens his field of fire to include paparrazzi photographers, talentless pop star princesses, showbiz mothers, sleazy promoters, tattooists and the sort of woman who insists on taking a small dog with her whenever she travels.
The rolling plot is a wonderfully silly series of bungled kidnappings, bungled attempts at rehab, bungling bodyguards trying to keep order and an eerie pair of public relations divas (twins straight out of "Children of the Damned") trying to keep a lid on things. At its centre is the odious Cherry Pye, a wannabee but talentless pop star who is drawn magnetically to anything which might be a mind-altering substance, from alcohol to presecription medecines (and including laxatives and birdseed along the way).
In previous books, Hiaasen has used over-amorous dolphins, rabid pit-bulls, stuffed marlins and American crocodiles as weapons of violence. This time he reserves his sadism for a crooked property developer who discovers, very painfully, the rough end of a sea-urchin. Nature can be beautiful, but also red in tooth and claw, or at least spine.
This is vintage Hiaasen: alternatively cruel and then warmly generous, outrageously gross in parts, cutting and always very, very funny.
0Comment| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse| Permalink
What's this?

What are product links?

In the text of your review, you can link directly to any product offered on Amazon.com. To insert a product link, follow these steps:
1. Find the product you want to reference on Amazon.com
2. Copy the web address of the product
3. Click Insert product link
4. Paste the web address in the box
5. Click Select
6. Selecting the item displayed will insert text that looks like this: [[ASIN:014312854XHamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)]]
7. When your review is displayed on Amazon.com, this text will be transformed into a hyperlink, like this:Hamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)

You are limited to 10 product links in your review, and your link text may not be longer than 256 characters.