Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen

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"Ruthlessly wicked...Wonderful...His best book yet."
ATLANTA JOURNAL & CONSTITUTION
When the precious clue-tongued mango voles at the Amazing Kingdom of Thrills on North Key Largo are stolen by heartless, ruthless thugs, Joe Winder wants to uncover why, and find the voles. Joe is lately a PR man for the Amazing Kingdom theme park, but now that the voles are gone, Winder is dragged along in their wake through a series of weird and lethal events that begin with the sleazy real-estate agent/villain Francis X. Kingsbury and can end only one way....


BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Carl Hiaasen's Bad Monkey.
 

About Carl Hiaasen

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Carl Hiaasen has been writing about Florida since his father gave him a typewriter at age six. Then it was hunt-and-peck stories about neighborhood kickball and softball games. Now Hiaasen writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels, including Sick Puppy and Nature Girl.Hoot, Hiaasen's first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor. And Flush, his second book for kids, spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list. You can read more about Hiaasen's work at www.carlhiaasen.com.
 
Published August 18, 2010 by Vintage. 500 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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That's the last we see of the Whelpers--and the voles--although the geriatric and the thieves figure in the labyrinthine un-cover-up that follows as Joe deduces that the mango voles are just plain voles disguised to shake endangered-species' funds out of Uncle Sam: another venal venture by Joe's ...

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Writing like an Edward Abbey of South Florida, Hiaasen ( Skin Tight ) sets his reluctant journalist hero after a morally corrupt real estate developer planning to build an 18-hole golf course on North Key Largo.

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Publishers Weekly

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Hiassen sends his reluctant journalist hero after a morally corrupt real estate developer in this scattershot but inventive entertainment.

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Book Reporter

Hiaasen's love/hate relationship with Disney World comes to the fore as this mystery featuring an avaricious developer/theme park owner, Francis X.

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Entertainment Weekly

his guardian angel is a homicidal hermit known as Skink — Hiaasen fans will remember him from Double Whammy(1988) — who was governor of Florida back in the 1970s.

Sep 27 1991 | Read Full Review of Native Tongue

People

The novel's more exotic characters include the elderly environmentalist Molly McNamara, who, when peeved, shoots people in the hand or foot, and Pedro Luz, the Kingdom's steroid-stoked security chief, a man so tough that when pinned under a Buick he frees himself by chewing his foot off.

Sep 30 1991 | Read Full Review of Native Tongue

Nights and Weekends

There was a time when Joe Winder cared about things.

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Monsters and Critics

The best part of Carl Hiaasen’s latest insane and inane Florida mystery, “Native Tongue” may very well be the unintentionally hilarious disclaimer at the beginning stating that the “aberrant sexual behavior” displayed by a bottle-nosed dolphin in the book is based upon “true cases on file with th...

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