Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen

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Chaz Perrone might be the only marine scientist in the world who doesn’t know which way the Gulf Stream runs. He might also be the only one who went into biology just to make a killing, and now he’s found a way–doctoring water samples so that a ruthless agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the endangered Everglades. When Chaz suspects that his wife, Joey, has figured out his scam, he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner into the night-dark Atlantic. Unfortunately for Chaz, his wife doesn’t die in the fall.

Clinging blindly to a bale of Jamaican pot, Joey Perrone is plucked from the ocean by former cop and current loner Mick Stranahan. Instead of rushing to the police and reporting her husband’s crime, Joey decides to stay dead and (with Mick’s help) screw with Chaz until he screws himself.

As Joey haunts and taunts her homicidal husband, as Chaz’s cold-blooded cohorts in pollution grow uneasy about his ineptitude and increasingly erratic behavior, as Mick Stranahan discovers that six failed marriages and years of island solitude haven’t killed the reckless romantic in him, we’re taken on a hilarious, full-throttle, pure Hiaasen ride through the warped politics and mayhem of the human environment, and the human heart.

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 July 13, 2004 by Vintage. 512 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Horror, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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Now that she’s presumed dead, Joey and Mick Stranahan, the State’s Attorney’s investigator who’s been pensioned off to the middle of nowhere so that he can rescue her, have all the time in the world to figure out why Chaz wanted to get rid of Joey and what naughty games he’s been up to.

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Even Tool, a hulking brute sent by the tycoon to keep an eye on Chaz, eventually turns against him, and much of the fun is in watching the deplorable Chaz flounder further and further in the murk, both literally and figuratively (Chaz's job, as the world's unlikeliest marine biologist, involves f...

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As they uncover Chaz's reason for murder --- he has been fudging on the Everglades water samples he takes for the Florida Game and Fish department because he's on the take from a corporate vegetable farmer --- they cook up the coup de gras.

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Hiaasen also goes too far in making Chaz terminally feckless: Not only is he transparently soulless and inept, but his prowess in bed—the one feature that kept his marriage with Joey alive—evaporates in a series of pained sexual encounters.

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Entertainment Weekly

This novel offers four: Stranahan, an endearingly dogged cop named Rolvaag, a monstrous drug catastrophe named Tool so addicted to pain-relief medication that he steals patches off of nursing-home patients, and Chaz himself, a priapic, vain loser who is reprehensible, pathetic, and somehow, i...

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MIAMI HERALD columnist and sometime songwriter Carl Hiaasen turned to writing fiction in 1986 when he wrote TOURIST SEASON.

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While Joey spends the remainder of the book trying to divine what she ever saw in her murderous-schnook mate, her benefactor—assisted by a cop with a weakness for albino pythons and a hit man who steals crosses from makeshift highway memorials—helps her exact revenge.

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Janet Maslin Orlando Sentinel 4 of 5 Stars "Skinny Dip is another intricately plotted, hilarious and thoughtful tale drawn from Hiaasen’s favorite subject: the salvation of his native Florida.

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