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A smart topless dancer and a cool but clueless cop join forces to trap a dirty congressman, aided by one of the funniest cast of characters ever collected in a suspense novel.
Published (first published 1993)
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Feb 20, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovestruck Congressmen, strippers with crazy ex-husbands, litigious bouncers
This is my third Carl Hiaasen novel. I'm becoming a fan. I haven't seen the Demi Moore movie based on this book, but I doubt the movie captured the humor and clever interweaving of so many characters in half a dozen subplots the way Hiaasen does in yet another novel about that weirdest of states, Florida.

The main plot revolves around a white powder that is worth billions of dollars, enriches a few magnates at the expense of the underpaid migrant workers who harvest and process it, and for which
May 02, 2011 trina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oh-how-i-laughed
this is my first encounter with carl hiassen for grown-ups (having eagerly devoured 'hoot' and 'flushed' a few years back), and i am pleasantly surprised and ready to become good friends with carl hiassen-for-grownups. his writing is a weird blend of humor, grit, and knowledge-ableness about seemingly everything florida or seedy (for the sake of political correctness, i won't say those two are one and the same). combined with his gift for crafting complicated, sprawling plots that always manage ...more
Jul 19, 2016 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good summertime read/listen. 4 Vaseline-covered stars. :D

I've read/listened to 3 of Hiassen's books so far, and they're very deceptive. On one level, they're mindless fun, hilarious and farcical, poking fun at a state that always seems to be in the news because of its over-the-top citizens. (I wonder if he gets his book ideas from the local evening news...) On another level, the books are complex and clever, massive Gordian knots that are neatly untied by the end. At any rate, I'll keep reading
Oct 13, 2009 Cwides rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh holy crap on a stick. This has an average rating of 3.5 !?! Is that cause it fits in your purse? Is that cause you can read it drunk, upside down, with the lights out and still not miss a trick? (Yes, fine, take the pun - I don't care). The book could have worse, but is that any methodology for handing out stars? Oh god. And the acknowledgment actually acknowledges the people who brought the practice of wrestling half-naked strippers in creamed corn to his attention. The fact that this book h ...more
Carl Hiaasen's works are usually very funny, intelligent, witty, creative, with a happy ending. What could you want more from an entertaining lite read? The imaginative characters, the adventure, the great use of irony and sarcasm, he keeps you guessing how things could possibly all work out for the best, and they do in his books which I like. I always find good qualities to admire in his heros, and can easily despise the villians, cheering when they meet their whatever creative fash ...more
Mike French
Feb 25, 2015 Mike French rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strip Tease reinforces why Carl Hiaasen is one of my favorite authors! This a stand alone book,so it can be read by first time readers of Hiaasen
Apr 17, 2016 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw the movie version of this book years ago when it first came out. I remember laughing through a lot of it, just like I did while reading the book. Demi Moore and Burt Reynolds were both a good choice for the parts of the two lead characters. Burt Reynolds definitely was a hoot playing a sleazy and corrupt Florida politician. Sometimes I have a hard time picturing in my mind what the characters in a book look like. It made it easy this time, being able to picture both of them as I read.

Kara Jorges
Aug 09, 2011 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mystery of why every single Carl Hiaasen book hasn’t been made into a movie has finally been solved. Suffice it to say that Mr. Hiaasen should be allowed to slap Demi Moore until her head falls off, and his readers should have the right to go Skink on anyone else who took part in the debacle that was “Strip Tease” the movie.

Unbeknownst to stripper Erin Grant, she is at the center of a big cover-up the night one drunk beats up another with a champagne bottle while she’s onstage. The bottle w
Sep 12, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Enjoy the author
Recommended to Michael by: Read favorable reviews
Hiaasen's humorous story of a woman, Erin Grant, who resorts to dancing in a strip joint to raise money for an appeal to gain custody of her daughter.

As the story begins, Congressman Dave Dilbeck who can't control his libido is at a strip club when a drunken party goer jumps on the dancer's stage and begins groping one of the dancers. Dilbeck, intoxicated, jumps on the stage and begins plummeting the drunk with a champagne bottle. This is bad timing since it's an election year.

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Strip Tease
By Carl Hiaasen
If you haven’t read Carl Hiaasen, the former Miami Herald columnist and writer of satirical, environmental questioning, political malfeasant novels about Florida in the disguise of murder mystery novels (sort of a fuzzy Edward Abbey) then you are reading the wrong review.

I’ve given up on trying to figure out Hiaasen's sequence of novels. These novels are available at my local library and I take what is on the shelf. I’m not sure where Strip Tease falls within the Hiaas
Benjamin Thomas
I had never tried Carl Hiassen before but have been seeing his books on bookstore and library shelves for years and know that he has a good following so I decided to give him a try. I’ve no idea if this one would be a good recommended starting point but there it was…so I read it. This author does have several series going but this one is a stand-alone novel. Going in I was expecting some kind of hard boiled crime novel and that is pretty much what this is.

As in many hard-boiled mysteries or crim
Brian Wade
Personally, I'm not sure any Carl Hiaasen book deserves the 5-star Goodread's "it was amazing" description, but Strip Tease comes very close. I picked up this book, already being an established Hiaasen fan, on the cheap from Goodwill or some thrift store. Soon afterwards, I learned the 90s movie Strip Tease starring Demi Moore was based on this book. For this very reason I left it untouched for months. I did not think the movie was particularly good and therefore had low expectations about the b ...more
Kevin Allmaras
Aug 27, 2011 Kevin Allmaras rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strip Tease is the book that the Demi Moore and Burt Reynolds movie of the same name is based on. This author is terrific with his sense of humor and his quick wit. He has come up with another group of crazy characters. Erin the beautiful stripper, Shad the educated conniving bouncer, Al Garcia the tough minded detective, Congressman Dilbeck the drunken womanizer, Moldy the political fixer and Darrell- Erins felonious ex husband. What a terrific story. How the author even came up with it is beyo ...more
Jan 13, 2011 Genie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bachelor party on the eve of the wedding takes a wrong turn when the groom stumbles on stage with a dancer, Erin Grant, at the Eager Beaver. An unidentified wild man jumps into the fray and begins hitting the groom over the head with a champagne bottle. In the confusion, the unidentified attacker escapes. As it turns out, the attacker is so drunk he doesn't know what he did and doesn't really care. He is Congressman David Lane Dilbeck and he has a fixer on staff to deal with situations like t ...more
Rossrn Nunamaker
Have been reading David Hewson's Nic Costa series and last week decided to browse the shelves for additional books when I came across Hiaasen. I'd heard of him, but not read any of his books. I decided to go with the oldest one on the shelf, "Strip Tease".

It was a fun book to read, wild characters, straightforward plot. All in all it ended well. If his other books are like this one, great summer reads at the pool or beach.

So, we have an ex-FBI employee, Erin, who has decided to dance at a strip
Jan 10, 2010 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erin Grant has had to resort to stripping to make some money in order to get custody of her daughter. Her ex's job is stealing wheelchairs but the criminal is a snitch and therefore his criminal activities are hidden from family court and he gets custody.

During one of Erin's performances a groom-to-be gets carried away and Dilbeck, a congressman starts pummeling him with a champagne bottle. Mr. Peepers takes pictures of the whole event and assures Erin he can put pressure on Dilbeck to put press
Aug 21, 2010 Caroline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Sometimes all it takes is a simple incident to set the wheels of chaos in motion. A drunken man celebrating his bachelor party, starts to hug and grope a topless dancer, inciting rage in another customer who hits him repeatedly on his head with a champagne bottle, until the bouncer drags him off. A photograph happened to be taken by another patron of this entertainment venue.

The photograph becomes the catalyst for a number of incidents. Political fixers attempt to protect an unraveling Congress
Oct 11, 2015 Dianne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when it first came out, back before they made a movie out of it, and I loved it. Either my tastes have changed over the years, or this book really wasn't as funny as I initially thought it was.

In this second go around with this novel, I found the characters to be one dimensional; flat like soda with no fizz. The plot- a divorced woman stripping (dancing she calls it) to get the money to pay her lawyer to regain custody of her daughter. An ex- husband who is so unfit as to be a c
Feb 11, 2009 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
I've found my new Elmore Leonard in Carl Hiaasen as this is the second book in '09 of his I've read--liked this more than the first. Like Leonard, Hiaasen takes a huge collection of characters, gives them all great dialogue/scenes and turns them loose in a story that usually involves some kind of criminal type behavior by some/all of them. And it's highly entertaining.

Strip Tease has an assortment of people in it: strippers, Kafka reading bouncers, shyster lawyers, speed freak wheelchair thief,
Michelle Only Wants to Read
This book is hilarious!
The audiobook narration is fantastic as well. I felt each character had his or her unique voice. I particularly enjoyed listening to Dillbeck's lines. The narrator does a superb job at representing his personality.

I told someone this book would make a good movie. Well, I didn't get the memo, and apparently, it happened back in 1996 with Demi Moore as Erin Grant. Well, I never watched the movie because I don't really care about her acting. Maybe I'll watch it now.

The more
Jan 02, 2011 Lacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carl Hiaasen books are always entertaining. Usually set somewhere in Florida, and always crazy story lines. So far, we have a stripper who is stripping to make money to get her kid back from a crazy drug enduced ex-husband. We have a guy and his buddies that go to a strip club for his bachelor party, who proceeds to get knocked out by a champagne bottle by the hand of an important person. And several other little storylines. So far so good....

Just finished this book. A pretty weak ending, but a
Joanna Hartell
Feb 05, 2014 Joanna Hartell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed other Hiaasen books, and I liked the movie for this one, but I didn't have any fun reading Striptease. I felt it was mean-spirited, and overly violent. I didn't really sympathize with any of the characters, and I felt everyone was painted black or white, there was no nuance. I know character development is not the point of a book like this, but I expected it to be funnier, not so dark.
Feb 07, 2015 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some very humorous remarks in this story until the plot gets a bit in the way. I wish he could have only dealt with the funny, but I know comedy is hard and only masters are capable. Not that Carl Hiaasen isn't when he sets his mind to it. 6 of 10 stars
Book Concierge
Hiaasen is up to his usual tricks. This one really takes aim at politicians and sleazy lawyers, but is actually a bit "tamer" than others of his works. It all starts in a strip club when a congressman beats a drunken groom who has "overenjoyed" his bachelor party.
Feb 07, 2016 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of you may have heard of this one since it was turned into a film with Burt Reynolds and Demi Moore (remember when she had long hair!). At the center of the story is am exotic dancer (not a stripper!) named Erin Grant. She used to work for the FBI, but she had to quit and take up this job in order to bring in enough money to handle the debt built and building up as a result of on-going court proceedings with her ex-husband, Darrell.

Darryll is a druggie and small-time con-artist who special
Feb 05, 2015 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What's not funny about a strip club called the Eager Beaver? Very funny mystery that had me laughing loud on several occasions! Sometimes get confused with the many different characters, but worth a listen. 7 out of 10 for me.
Lori Michele
Audio version: This is the second Carl Hiaasen book I've read (listened to). Nature Girl was more fun. This one had some fun characters, but they just didn't seem as brought-to-life as they could have been. The main character, Erin, a dancer at the Eager Beaver, was just kind of blah. She was just a boring mom trying to get by in an unfair world (which isn't a bad thing, but not exactly compelling fiction material). Shad, the bouncer/body guard was the best. He was always trying to find easy way ...more
Lorna Francis
Striptease by Carl Hiaasen. 5 stars

What a great read. I literally couldn't put this book down. The book grips you from the first page, Carl Hiaasens writing style pulls the reader immediately into the story. The novel is set in Florida where Erin, a strong resourceful woman who strivesto save her daughter, Angels from her ex husband. The ex husband, Darrell Grant is truly horrible, his attributes or rather lack there of are as follows, he is a criminal, a thug adrug addict, would be wife beater,
Terri Powers
May 24, 2014 Terri Powers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story begins and is simple enough. Boy (Darrell Grant) meets girl (Erin Grant), marries girl, chooses drugs and larceny over girl, girl divorces boy and loses custody battle to sleaze-bag boy because he’s now an informant for the cops and his past record is erased. Meanwhile, momma’s been fired from her FBI job because of hubby’s activity and is reduced to striping and dancing at a local club, The Eager Beaver, to pay her attorney fees and put a roof over her head as she tries to win back cu ...more
Charles Spencer
May 23, 2014 Charles Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carl Hiaasen's STRIP TEASE is one of my favorite novels ever...part crime story, part political thriller, and most importantly part pure, shameless fun! It's a romp of epic proportions featuring characters big and small, heroic and villainous or just plain insane, with a comic edge that would be called satirical if it didn't feel so bloody honest and real. It's a story as absurd as real life, and brother, only in a world like ours could a crazy adventure like this happen where a heroic stripper ...more
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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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