Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen

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When Palmer Stoat notices the black pickup truck following him on the highway, he fears his precious Range Rover is about to be carjacked. But Twilly Spree, the man tailing Stoat, has vengeance, not sport-utility vehicles, on his mind. Idealistic, independently wealthy and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly has dedicated himself to saving Florida's wilderness from runaway destruction. He favors unambiguous political statements -- such as torching Jet-Skis or blowing up banks -- that leave his human targets shaken but re-educated.

After watching Stoat blithely dump a trail of fast-food litter out the window, Twilly decides to teach him a lesson. Thus, Stoat's prized Range Rover becomes home to a horde of hungry dung beetles. Which could have been the end to it had Twilly not discovered that Stoat is one of Florida's cockiest and most powerful political fixers, whose latest project is the "malling" of a pristine Gulf Coast island. Now the real Hiaasen-variety fun begins . . .

Dognapping eco-terrorists, bogus big-time hunters, a Republicans-only hooker, an infamous ex-governor who's gone back to nature, thousands of singing toads and a Labrador retriever greater than the sum of his Labrador parts -- these are only some of the denizens of Carl Hiaasen's outrageously funny new novel.

Brilliantly twisted entertainment wrapped around a powerful ecological plea, Sick Puppy gleefully lives up to its title and gives us Hiaasen at his riotous and muckraking best.

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
Published May 1, 2001 by Vintage. 528 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Will another unspoiled Florida island be turned into a paradise for golfers and crooked developers and politicians?

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Publishers Weekly

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Florida muckraker Hiaasen once again produces a devilishly funny caper revolving around the environmental exploitation of his home state by greedy developers. When budding young ecoterrorist Twilly Sp

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The Guardian

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Sick Puppy Carl Hiaasen Macmillan £16.99 Buy it at BOL Boiling a Frog Christopher Brookmyre Little Brown £9.99 Buy it at BOL Hot Springs Stephen Hunter Century £17.99 Buy it at BOL Storm Boris Starling HarperCollins £5.99 Buy it at BOL The intoxicating combination of wild humour and shocking ...

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The Guardian

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After three glasses of wine, Desie could no longer pretend to be following her husband's account of the canned rhinoceros hunt.

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The Guardian

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Sick Puppy Carl Hiaasen Macmillan, £16.99, 341pp Buy it at BOL Like all great farceurs, from Wodehouse to Orton, Carl Hiaasen tends to tread the same territory, in this case his native Florida's hasty retreat from paradise.

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BC Books

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The hero of Sick Puppy is Twilly Spree, a rich, weird young man who is so passionate about doing right that he often does, well, wrong.

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A friend from former books turns up as well--Governor Clinton Tyree--former governor turned environmental renegade (although you don't need to know the other books to enjoy this one).

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Book Reporter

If Hiaasen brings Twilly on as the new contender for arch antihero, he will go down in the mad, mad, mad, mad genre of caper writing as one of its champions.

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AV Club

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As a longtime Miami Herald columnist, Carl Hiaasen covers one of the most spectacularly corrupt city governments in the country, providing a weekly dose of wry humor as a much-needed salve for his readers' woes.

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Entertainment Weekly

Sick Puppy, the latest comic novel from the author of ''Strip Tease,'' pits a mentally ill environmentalist against a litterbug lobbyist over a shady Florida-island development deal.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Later, Palmer's wife, Desie decides to join forces with Twilly to help stop the development of Toad Island.

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Boston Review

The popular novelist Carl Hiaasen began his writing career as an investigative reporter for the Miami Herald, and many of his virtues as a novelist are the virtues of a successful journalist: an ironic wit;

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