Honey Santana—impassioned, willful, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed “queen of lost causes”—has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls. She’s taking rude, gullible Relentless, Inc., telemarketer Boyd Shreave and his less-than-enthusiastic mistress, Eugenie—the fifteen-minute-famous girlfriend of a tabloid murderer—into...more
In Hiassen's 11th book, he tells the story of a bizarre cast of characters: Honey Santana, a bi-polar mom whose heart is in the right place but who doesn't exactly think things through, her skateboarding son Fry, Fry's "ex-father" (Honey's ex-husband) Perry Skinner, Louis Piejack -- Honey's stalker, a clueless telemarketer named Boyd Shreave, Boyd's leggy mistres ...more
So, the characters:
Honey Santana: Bipolar "Queen of Lost Causes" who, a ...more
Once again, Hiaasen takes readers to the Florida wilderness – this time to the Ten Thousand Islands, of Southwestern Florida. Honey Santana is righteous in her indignation, smart, resourceful and possibly bipolar. She’s had it with people’s lack of civility and decides to take a stand when telemarketer Boyd Shreave calls her a “dried up old skank.” She tracks him down and tricks him in to believing he’s won a trip to a lovely eco-resort. Now she’s taken him and his mi ...more
Hiaasen's motley (and altogether new) bunch of minor miscreants with ideas well beyond their IQ entangle themselves in a series of gradually knotting story-stri ...more
So what if you don't learn anything from the books? Or, maybe you do learn things! Like how to outsmart a cocky telemarketer and how not to put all your cash into Beanie Babies for a HUGE payoff later.
So what if he's not Shakespeare? Hell, maybe he is a modern day William! He's pure satire and cynicism. He's hilarious. Brilliant.
There is a lot going on in this book, which makes it hard to summarize. The main character, Honey Santana, along with her ex-Perry Skinner, is trying to raise their son, Fry, to be a gentlemen in Florida. She values dinnertime the most as that's the one time it's just her and her son. But every night during dinner, the telemarketers call (which made me wonder if t ...more
Like all good farce, it begins with a reasonably plausible premise - single Mum having dinner with her son is annoyed by a cold call telemarketrt - and develops a series of increasingly complex situations. Here, they involve a sea food salesman who has his fineries bitten off by a crab, a half-white/half Se ...more