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Skinny Dip (Mick Stranahan #2)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  29,880 Ratings  ·  2,403 Reviews
Marine biologist Chaz Perrone can't tell a sea horse from a sawhorse. And when he throws his beautiful wife, Joey, off a cruise liner, he really should know better. An expert swimmer, Joey makes her way to a floating bale of Jamaican pot-and then to an island inhabited by an ex-cop named Mick Stranahan, whose ex-wives include five waitresses and a TV producer. Now Joey wan ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published January 1st 2003)
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Ok, now I get it! And by "it" I mean all the Hiaasen hoopla among those with whom I share a certain brand of humor – an "it" that baffled me after my first encounter with Carl via Bad Monkey.

We're back in Florida, where even the craziest of characters are plausible probable. Since I'm not exactly trailblazing new territory here in book review land, I'll just give you some quick picks from the cast of Skinny Dip which may or may not overlap with everyone's favorite super secret spy agency (d
May 26, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
Joey Perrone is pissed--and she has every right to be. On their second wedding anniversary, her husband, Chaz, surprises her by booking a romantic Carnival-style cruise. He surprises her again by getting her drunk, throwing her overboard in the middle of the night, and leaving her as shark bait. What Chaz doesn't know is that Joey survives by clinging to a wayward bale of Jamaican weed. She's found, exhausted and a little worse for wear, by Mick Stranahan, a recluse who lives on a private island ...more
Sep 15, 2014 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014

It was boggling to realize that an elevated ribbon of dirt was essentially all that separated 5 million raucous, distracted human beings from the prehistoric solitude of the Everglades. The detective regretted that during his hitch in South Florida he hadn't spent more time on the other side of the levee; the sane and peaceful side.

Carl Hiaasen take us for a rollercoaster ride through the insane and troublesome side of the levee. A place where husbands throw their wives overboard during the cr
Seth T.
Aug 09, 2007 Seth T. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who like darkly funny crime novels
Carl Hiaasen is right at home in that collective of modern, witty crime fiction writers who are neither Dashiell Hammett nor Raymond Chandler and hope against that you won't attempt the comparison. That he's good, there's no doubt. It's just: he's not genius.

And that's fine. Not everyone can abide in stellar heights, unreachable and ever-gunned-for. Skinny Dip was a perfectly enjoyable ode to revenge. All the bad people got what was coming to them and none of the good people ever fell prey to th
May 01, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this!
So I read this on Jeff's recommendation. See, he wrote a review for another book by this guy called Tourist Season. And in his review he had the nerve to call people from Florida 'loopy'.
Well, I grew up in that lovely state, and I'm normal...right?
Hmmm. It got me thinking.
So I asked one of my friends.
The conversation went like this:
Me:You don't think I'm weird because I'm from Florida, do you?
Them: Remember last summer?
Me: Yeah?
Them: Remember when you killed that snake?
Me: The copper
Sep 06, 2007 Shirley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alreadyread
This is a favorite author of mine. He has the very best of characters. Bizarre, misdirected, lost, but always fun.
Nov 11, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was out looking for a short term relationship, a book “with benefits”, a quick encounter with no long term demands, just a few hours of pleasure. I met “Skinny Dip” in the Goodreads “bar” and who wouldn’t be attracted to a cover with a suggestively unclothed blond beauty in the water. I asked her out from the library for a brief fling. I wasn’t disappointed that’s for sure. Written by some guy I had never heard of, it had good reviews. I checked and made sure it wasn’t part of some 15-part nov ...more
This is the seventh Hiaasen book I’ve read. While he’s never going to be my favourite author, I really enjoyed the first six. This seventh outing, however, didn’t have the same appeal. In fact, every time I stopped reading this book it was because I’d fallen asleep! It’s definitely not a good sign that a comedy/thriller has me dropping off so frequently while reading it.

I think part of the problem was that the plot didn’t cope with being stretched out so much. If this book had been about two thi
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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3.5 Stars

Joey Perrone would have never guessed her husband would toss her overboard during their anniversary cruise. Mick Stranahan would have never guessed he’d pull a naked woman off a floating bale of marijuana while fishing. After their bizarre chance encounter, Joey and Mick team up to find out why Joey’s philandering husband would choose to kill her rather than ask for a divorce and to get some payback in the process.

Like all of
Dec 12, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Carl Hiaasen is a funny author. He creates a lot of compelling and funny characters.

That said, why are his female characters (especially the lead here) underdeveloped and boring. When you have tertiary characters (Tool, Red, the Captain) that are far more interesting than your main character, you have to wonder about the author's ability to flesh out the women in his books. I have the same complaint about the only other book of his (Lucky You) that I've read.

Still, an amusing book - well-plotte
Olga Godim
Dec 07, 2013 Olga Godim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
How to categorize this book? It’s not a mystery – although it starts with a murder. It’s not a police procedural, although a policeman is trying to make the case against the murderer throughout the book. It’s not a romance, although it ends with a ‘happily-ever-after’. It’s not a comedy, although absurdities pile up on the pages. I’d call it a farce with environmental flavor.
In the beginning, the antagonist, biologist Chaz Perrone, pitches his wife Joey overboard from a cruise ship. He is happy
Jun 25, 2007 michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up at a used bookstore because I had seen it several times before and it looked somewhat amusing. And that's about all it was: somewhat amusing. The main characters are hollow and stereotypical, and the plot, for all its twists and turns, is fairly predictable. (I did like Ricca, the Woman On The Side... she was the only character whose manner and speech were both realistic and funny throughout.) The worst part about this book is the writing style: repetitious and unimaginitive, Hi ...more
Jun 29, 2008 Nathan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nathan by: Cindy, Amy
This book was recommended as great light, pulpy reading by two of the people I love and respect most in this world. And it is with all respect to those two people that I say here, I just don't get it.

The first chapter was good enough to grab my attention, but by the time I was 1/3 the way through I just kept thinking it's got to get better , its got to get better. Turns out, the third act just gets worse. I mean I know its supposed to be pulpy, but the dialogue in this book reminded me of a Mic
Mike Reiring
Jul 25, 2008 Mike Reiring rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Skinny Dip is character and dialog driven fiction. The plot is original and well constructed, but it's the characters that make you want to keep reading. There's a chronically inept biologist, his remarkably resilient wife, a morally bankrupt Florida agri-mogul, and his dim-witted minion. Hiaasen weaves sparse narrative with crisp dialog to keep the story moving along.

This is not life changing, morally uplifting fiction we're talking about here. The book is simply fun, easy reading. I found myse
Apr 09, 2007 Tara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: archives
I do love to junk out on Carl Hiaasen - his characters are the best of the best as far as endearing-bizarre-flaky. A failed attempt at killing his wife leads a fantastically sleazy, comical and completely unlikable pseudo-biologist down a hot, sticky, mosquito-infested, crocodile-ridden, and ridiculously ill-fated path... from a previously bland housing-development life in Boca Raton to the depths of the swampy Everglades. Crimes against the environment and one miserably failed murder attempt af ...more
Twerking To Beethoven
Carl Hiaasen's books are, hands down, the best Florida postcards in the market.

Let me explain: I take it every bastard out there knows what sunny Florida is all about: gators, tan, beaches, girls in bikini, huge fuck-off yachts with girls in bikini, flashy cars with girls in bikini, Hulk Hogan in bikini, more girls in bikini surrounding Hulk Hogan in bikini, and all that. Also, bikini shops with girls in bikini shopping for more bikinis. At least that's what "Miami Vice" has taught me. That sai
Crystal Starr Light
Okay, so I know that I am lame. I picked this book out based solely on the fact that I discovered that it was on Dr. Shephard's shelf. However, I saw it also came highly recommended. So I thought I'd check it out.

Charles Perrone, a crooked marine biologist who drives a Hummer and doesn't recycle, dumps his wife, Joey, off a cruise ship into the Key West waters to die. Joey, a champion swimmer, however does not die and is rescued by first a bale of marijuana and then Mick Stanagan, a chronic
Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 12, 2015 Chelsea Humphrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was plain hilarious. It begins with Chaz throwing wife Joey overboard a cruise ship and her not only surviving, but plotting her revenge against him with ex-cop Mick. She decides to "stay dead" while slowly driving Chaz mad until the big ending. A little action, comedy, and romance wrapped into one book. As unrealistic and laughable as Hiaasen's books are, they somehow tend to work out well this way. I always feel like it's a light break from the heavy stuff and can always expect a goo ...more
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On their anniversary cruise, Chaz Perrone throws his wife Joey overboard. He has to kill her because she’s discovered his secret. But Joey was a champion swimmer in college and she manages to survive the night, clinging to a bale of Jamaican weed. She’s rescued by Mick Stranahan, former investigator for the Dade State Attorney’s office, now “retired” and living on a remote island with his dog Strom. Rather than go to the police, Joey convinces Mick that they should
Hiaasen with a heart. I enjoyed this book enormously, just for the sheer silliness of it. And there was a cameo appearance of Skink!!! My only complaint is that I read it at night so that my dreams became quite Hiaasenesque. Actually, my favorite character was Tool, the hirsute hit man. (Well, he's not really a hit man, but the alliteration was just too good to miss!)

Amazon Editorial Review:

Charles "Chaz" Perrone fancies himself a take-charge kind of guy. So when this "biologist by default" susp
Oct 04, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone recommended Carl Hiaasen’s latest book to me, Bad Monkey. But I am not as dumb as I may appear! From the effusive encomium of this trusted recommender, I knew I would like this guy, so I went back a bit in time to acquaint myself with this author. That way, when I found that I loved him, I wouldn’t have to go totally backwards in my reading, which I hate doing! Skinny Dip is a crime novel that sits heads and shoulders above the usual fare, for its characterizations, biting and witty soci ...more
Jan 11, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jason by: Clarissa
This is my first Hiaasen, but I doubt it will be my last. This was a fun, quick, quirky read, and it had enough humor and drama to keep my interest throughout.

This genre - pop mystery/thriller - is not one I read a whole lot of, but I probably would if more were like Skinny Dip. This reminded me a lot of one of those dark, zany movies (A Fish Called Wanda, maybe?) - some of the characters were a little too outrageous and one-dimensional, and some of the situations a bit too absurd, but it works
Tim The Enchanter
Apr 03, 2014 Tim The Enchanter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Revenge
I will admit that the concept of the book is delicious. A botched murder attempt by a self absorbed, fairly clever and fraudulent biologist husband of his far more clever and resourceful wife leads to a plot of revenge from "beyond the grave". The characters are interesting to say the least. They are often quirky to the point of being nearly absurd.

That said, why 3 stars? By the time the book ended, I didn't care much for what happened to the characters. The character of Chaz Porrone, the naught
So I just finished Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen. I had read his Strip Tease and Lucky You a while ago, but forgot how funny he can be. While I look forward to reading more of his books, they certainly don't make me want to visit Florida anytime soon.

Strong women seem to be a theme in his work. It made me think of Maureen Dowd's essay in the NYT Magazine, "What's a Modern Girl to Do?". A rather rambling collection of her musings regarding feminism, post-feminism, the feminisation of feminism, and t
Jan 19, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: florida vacationers
I read this when I was on vacation in Florida, and I liked it -- it was F-U-N. This is the only Hiaasen I've ever read, though I've started one or two others and not gotten into it/them.

I have to admit, while I was reading this I couldn't stop wishing that Elmore Leonard would care about the environment. I really love that Hiassen works his conservationist agenda in so wonderfully in a way that enhances, rather than detracts from, his fun fun fun story, but I just can't get as into other stuff a
Jun 12, 2007 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chaz Perrone is driven by two things--money and releasing sexual energy. His wife, Joey, helps with one of these drives and gets in the way of the other. So, he chucks her overboard on their anniversary cruise.

Joey Perrone is familiar with tragedy... her parents died when she was young, her first husband died in a freak accident, and her second husband has, well, chucked her overboard on their anniversary cruise. But, Joey survived her fall.

The reader discovers the why's and how's of Chaz's crim
Jordan Price
I'm on a big Carl Hiaasen kick. I just love the way his characters are such "characters"! You never once think, "Now who's that guy?" because everyone is so memorable.

I listened to Skinny Dip on audio and the sex scene in chapter eight is one of the most hilariously awkward character-driven sex scenes I've ever heard! I was driving down the street roaring with laughter, and had to sit in my driveway with the car running a few minutes to see how it all played out. I think that's the mark of a gre
Aug 06, 2011 Almeta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dying2read
This is my first Hiaasen book and won't be my last.

A very fun read. A comic suspense. (view spoiler) I know, I know that’s an oxymoron, but read it and see if I’m not right.

Every main character in this book had their life altered in some unexpected way; each to surprising satisfaction.

There are a couple of textbookie spots where the crime of swamp pollution was explained, and I think that it is part of Carl's hidden agend
Jul 30, 2007 Sylvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
yes, carl hiaasen is prone to somewhat stereotypical characters, but having spent a lot of time in florida ... well, i think there are a lot of people who manifest even less depth of character than those in hiaasen's novels. at least his books are replete with the absurd, something i appreciate. (strip malls with pawn shops and flea markets, palms and the nouveau riche ... this is the florida i recognize).

i laugh out loud a lot reading hiaasen's books, and that's no easy feat. :) for "caper" fic
2.5 stars. If you just want a crazy, easy read for the beach, this may work. But if you want a deep, realistic fiction with a serious plot and heroic characters, pick something else.

This was definitely not our typical book club novel, but it wasn't horrible. The first Mick Stranahan book got better reviews, so I may read it one of these days when I need a humorous book.

* Mick Stranahan was a decent middle-aged hero (53)
* Caretaker on a island in the Florida keys
* Light-heartedness of some
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives with his family. 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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