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Skin Tight (Mick Stranahan #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  13,952 Ratings  ·  553 Reviews
Somebody wants Mick Stranahan dead. He knows because he's just had to spear an intruder with a stuffed marlin's head. And that wasn't the first time. There was the plastic surgeon with extremely shaky hands...the personal injury lawyer with the beaming billboard face...the vanity-crazed star of TV's IN YOUR FACE...and the high-stepping hit man with the moonscape skin. Not ...more
Paperback, 470 pages
Published 1991 by Pan Books (first published 1989)
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Oct 13, 2011 Francis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, this was my first Carl Hiaasen book. So, after reading a couple of chapters, I'm thinking, it's just another typical seventies kind of detective story. Just another writer acting out a testosterone fantasy. Featuring another tough, macho, independent loner who fights large mean disfigured criminals, while standing knee deep in dead bodies and naked women.

But, this guy is a little too eccentric, a little bit, too loose of a cannon. And the sociopath is a little too psychotic and his menacing
May 29, 2013 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fake. I guess there's some unintentional irony playing out when a book, poking savage fun at the cosmetic surgery business in phony and corrupt Florida, is itself a do-over of sorts. Hiaasen is a good writer, but one I've always felt owed, nearly everything, to Elmore Leonard. What gets him over the top, usually, is that he's a good student, and he adds his own outrage at what Florida has become. Skin Tight has the usual formula of ex-lawman, bizarre criminals, seedy but exotic landscape, and tw ...more
Apr 04, 2009 Marvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
What I learned from Skin Tight...

1. A stuffed marlin makes a good weapon.

2. A ex-Amish hit man with a weed whacker for an arm and a skin condition shouldn't be laughed at.

3. A fictional thinly disquised Geraldo Rivera is as lame as the real one.

4, I want to be Mick Stranahan (without all those people trying to kill him, of course).

5. Wood mulchers are good for mulching other things.

6. How a nose job could kill you.

and last but not least...

7. I NEVER...EVER...want to get plastic surgery.

and I lea
Thomas Strömquist
Feb 26, 2015 Thomas Strömquist rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-collection
My first Hiaasen - picked it up in a thrift store based only on the cover (THE BLURB ON THE BACK! - blurb - back, OK, OK, settle down people). It totally rocked my world and I was an instant fan. This is the first book starring ex-cop Mick Stranahan - one of the best of the more or less improbable characters of the roller coaster rides which are the Hiaasen books of the time. The fifth star is part pure entertainment value and part nostalgia I'm sure. But those are fine justifications in my view ...more
Scott Rhee
If you believe that Florida is the sewer where a majority of the country's human waste ends up, you'll love Carl Hiaasen.

A former police reporter for the Miami Herald, Hiaasen clearly has a love-hate relationship with the state he resides in.

Mostly hate. But he shares his vitriol with a smile and laughter.

It is hard not to laugh at the inanity of most of the criminals in his books.

In "Skin Tight", for example, an incompetent hit-man loses an arm from a barracuda attack, and instead of attach
What an odd story. It reminded me of Travis McGee in many ways, but an insane version. Normally I don't have an issue with satirical stories, but Skin Tight couldn't seem to decide if it was serious or totally loopy. One or the other, but not both. Mr. Hiaasen seems to have forgotten that old saying about not being able to have ones cake and eat it too. It was just too jarring. So I must say that ,in all in all, I didn't care for the book at all. I know that I should say more, but I simply didn' ...more
Oct 06, 2007 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Carl Hiaasen's books are uniformly fun. The good guys win and the bad guys get what they deserve. They are well worth the reading--and the occasional rereading.

Hiaasen's detective/adventure/action/humor books feature unlikely heros and unlikely--but possible--situations. They are set in a Florida which seems like the perfect place to steal an election on TV.

Skin Tight is one of the better ones. Mick Stranahan just wants to be left alone, but it seems he just can't relax without someone trying

Ja, ich geb’s zu. Ich hab das Buch aufgrund des knalligen Covers gekauft. Das versprüht so einen schönen maritimen Old-School-Charme.

420 Seiten Gewalt, Sex und Schönheits-OPs – Das klang außerdem nach einer vernünftigen Urlaubslektüre.

Und darum geht’s: Der fünffach geschiedene Ex-Bulle Mick Stranahan lebt das süße Leben in einem Stelzenhaus im sonnigen Florida.
Doch ganz stressfrei kann er sein Frührentner-Dasein nicht genießen, denn eine ganze Handvoll skurriler Gestalten trachten ihm nach seine
Nov 27, 2011 Beau rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Had been reading a lot of crime fiction lately, and was looking for something else in that genre. I read the back of this book, and it sounded promising. Bizarre story, over the top characters, good stuff, right?

The problem was that the writing was awful. Many times I had to re-read paragraphs just to figure out what the author was trying to describe. This was most noticeable during action scenes where I'm sure the author had an idea that made sense in his head, but just could not transfer it to
Wayland Smith
I'm fairly sure I've read this one before and managed to not log it, which is very unusual for me. But it was worth a reread anyway.

The weirdness of South Florida provides a lot of opportunities for story telling. Carl Hiaasen is a master at setting his tales here. There's a repetition of themes in his work, but it's always a fun ride.

Mick Stranahan is enjoying his forced retirement from the State's Attorney's office, living simply out in the rural bywaters off Miami. He gets a most unwelcome
Jul 21, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every so often I gotta have my "Hiassen fix." This guy writs hilarious, violent, complex and generally outlandish mysteries set in Florida and his works are very supportive of the ecological balance there, pus he sets to right those whose egos are bigger than their brains. Case in point: Rudy Graveline, plastic surgeon to the stars and anyone else with a LOT money to preserve their frail vanities. Seems a young student, Victoria Barletta, disappeared after a nose job some years ago, and now the ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
One couldn't ask for a more fun summer read. Nobody is playing with a full deck. There are characters who are whacky good people types and those who should be locked up in an insane asylum, but whatever side of law and order they live on, entertaining is most certainly the strongest attribute of everyone involved in the nefarious plot.

It all begins with an accidental death. A Florida plastic surgeon, Dr. Rudy Graveline, with more PR talent than actual skills, kills a rhinoplasty patient on the t
Feb 24, 2015 Philip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yah? I'd never read any Carl Hiaasen and after seeing all the rave reviews about his books and reading how humorous they are supposed to be I thought I should try one. I picked this one 'cause it's #1 in a series and I like reading series in order. Well maybe it's just me but I sure didn't find this book very humorous. I had a few small smiles and maybe even 1 slight giggle but most of whatever humour is supposed to be here went way over my head. I will admit that I did somewhat enjoy reading th ...more
Davis Aujourd'hui
If you are a Hiaasen fan, this book will not disappoint you. If you have never read one of his books, this is a wonderful place to start. Carl Hiaasen is one of my favorite comedic authors. His brand of humor is over the top and will keep you laughing all of the way. Carl Hiaasen has been an inspiration to me as an author of comedic books!

In order to enjoy this book, you need to have an appreciation for dark humor which is satire at its best. His characters are zany and the scenarios are outland
Feb 08, 2012 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mick Stranahan sure gets a lot of women to take off their clothes unselfconsciously in front of him. The fact that none are romantically linked with him makes this all the more unusual. You'll just have to read the story but the theme is "plastic surgery", so that may give you a hint on why this is happening to Mick. Skin Tight was mildly humorous, more tongue in cheek than other Hiaasen stories I have read. Some slightly outlandish characters make it fun. Probably 2.5 Stars on the scale. Not ba ...more
Jun 05, 2012 Jami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this one. I have read a few other books by this author, and although I have enjoyed them, this was my favorite to date. I love the character of Mick Stranahan and the characters were quite amusing. This was a fun and fast-paced mystery; I'm just sorry it languished on my bookshelf for so long!
This was a fun book to read and didn't take much brain power. It is a little different from other crime novels that I have read because it has a darkly comical undertone. The characters are vivid if a bit cartoonish. I would reccomend this if you are looking for a light easy read with a little humor.
Sep 09, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice palate cleanser after not-reading Gravity's Rainbow all summer. Funny and cartoonish in Hiassen's way, but the ending was weirdly confusing and anticlimactic. Expected more to wrap up this darkly funny romp through the Florida Keys and the world of plastic surgery.
Oct 02, 2008 J.S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody with a love of social satire
Carl Hiaasen sometimes teeters back and forth between black humor and just plain black. His situations are occasionally too disturbing to be funny, or simply uncomfortable to read. However, with Skin Tight, he's found his balance (I haven't read many of his other novels, so maybe he's normally like this, but after this one, I'm bound to read more). The characters are all perfectly bizarre, and yet they manage to act like real human beings. Even the hit man burned in an electrolysis accident, who ...more
Kate Coombs
May 03, 2008 Kate Coombs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery readers who like social satire
I went to Hawaii on vacation and correctly surmised that Skin Tight would be a good beach book--or timeshare book, as the case may be. Anyway, you gotta love a book that starts out with someone defending his little one-room backwater Florida home by skewering an intruder with a stuffed swordfish, the only weapon ready to hand. This book also goes on to skewer the plastic surgery business--especially unqualified hacks (pun intended) taking dissatisfied people's lives in their incapable hands. I d ...more
Dick Reynolds
Poor Mick Stranahan. He wants to enjoy his early retirement on Florida’s Biscayne Bay but too many bad guys are out to do him bodily harm. As a former investigator for the State Attorney’s Office, he has plenty of enemies. And the list is growing: a personal injury lawyer of billboard fame, a notorious TV journalist, an ominous looking hit man, and a fumbling but ruthless plastic surgeon.
Skin Tight is one of Carl Hiaasen’s early novels, copyrighted in 1989. I’ve read many of his tales about cr
Jul 26, 2013 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover of this book describes it as "good, mean fun" and that's about right. It follows the usual Hiassen formula of a likable, but damaged hero and a cast of quirky characters locked in a fast-paced, sometimes violent, often funny battle. A very important component of Hiassen's books is the southern Florida environment, which is both backdrop and impetus for much of the action. I grew up in Florida, so I can relate to the love he feels for his home state, but no matter where you are from, th ...more
Jan 28, 2015 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Kim Jacobs
Dec 04, 2014 Kim Jacobs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Carl Hiassen book and I wasn't disappointed. The basis of the story/mystery following an incompetent plastic surgeon in Florida was good. Add to that the underlying humor in so many strange people, situations, and even deaths and the story becomes an enjoyable easy to read book. I look forward to reading more Hiassen books.
Anthony McKay
Fun characters

Maybe a little more tongue in cheek, or cliche characters in this book than I would normally put up with, but it is an entertaining read. Those in the book that don't make it to the end are all given a unique exit from this world to the next. Approach this with a willingness to enjoy a little camp and you will find several grins along the way.
Rob Epler
Sep 06, 2015 Rob Epler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carl Hiaasen's crime fiction is very entertaining. He's almost up there with Elmore Leonard, so if you like that sort of thing & haven't checked him out, you should. I did this one as an audiobook--Hiaasen's novels lend themselves very well to that format, much as Leonard's do.
Fun read

These quirky books are good fun. Hiaasen's imagination is priceless. This isn't my favorite, but it's an excellent way to unwind.
Feb 06, 2013 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A typical Hiaasen mixture of good guys, bad guys and good plots sprinkled with humor. 7 of 10 stars
Feb 07, 2017 Sailco26 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slight departure from Hiaasen's usual cast of characters, but not much; as well as less eco-terrorism. Always enjoyable reads, with a little FL corruption in the mix as expected.
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida, he began writing for the Miami Herald. As a journalist and author, Carl has spend most of his life advocating the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family still live in southern Florida.
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“Carla Crumworthy, heiress to the Crumworthy panty-shield fortune. She had come to complain about the collagen injections that Rudy Graveline had administered to give her full, sensual lips, which is just what every rheumatoid seventy-one-year-old woman” 0 likes
“Though Madeleine’s face reminded Dr. Graveline in many ways of a camel, he was fond of her. She was the kind of steady patient that offshore trust funds are made of.” 0 likes
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