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Skin Tight (Mick Stranahan #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  10,978 ratings  ·  418 reviews
"New York Times" bestselling author Carl Hiaasen serves up a humorous helping of "taut, fast-paced action...crisp and hot"
After dispatching a pistol-packing intruder from his home with the help of a stuffed Marlin head, Mick Stranahan can't deny that someone is out to get him. His now-deceased intruder carries no I.D., and as a former Florida state investigator, Stranaha
ebook, 416 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Berkley Books (first published 1989)
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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
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
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
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
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
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 vitriolic 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 atta ...more
aPriL eVoLvEs (ex-Groot)
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
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
Nov 15, 2012 Mike rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
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
Oct 16, 2008 J.S. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Sep 30, 2008 Kate Coombs rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Kim Jacobs
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.
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
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
The book Skin Tight, by Carl Hiaasen, is a fictional novel about the plots of Dr. Rudy Graveline, an untrained, uncertified cosmetic surgeon working at the respected Whispering Palms Surgical Center. He has built his career through bribery and social connections. The plot follows the schemes Rudy devises in order to cover up the failed nose job of a college girl named Victoria Barletta which accidentally lead to her death. Rudy’s former surgical nurse, Maggie Gonzalez, decides to tell a televisi ...more
Kara Prem
Mick Stranahan is a retired Florida State investigator, just trying to enjoy a peaceful life away from his 5 ex wives. His peace is ruined one day when someone shows up trying to kill him. Then there is the boat with a camera man, "investigative reporter" and producer that are hanging out around his stilt home on the water off of Miami.

There was a missing persons case 5 years back that Mick wasn't able to solve. A young woman disappeared on her way home from a nose job....but now the nurse who a
I love Carl Hiaasen's style. He takes me to another dimension with his characters that are so ludicrous that they are more caricature that character, not to mention the unbelievable situations they get themselves into. His books all make me laugh. Having said that Skin Tight crossed a line for me. One of Hiaasen's trademarks is the bizarre accidents and deaths suffered by the characters. This has never been so vivid as in Skin Tight. There were so many horribly disgusting deaths and general leve ...more
Mark Farley
The very latest of this author's books I am ploughing through. This is unlike me as I find it very hard reading 'location authors' if it is a book that is set in a place that I have never been to. Like all of his books so far, this is really easy to read, the characters are brilliant and its very witty. As well as a bit gruesome. I'd recommend this to anyone. It's set within the world of plastic sugery, really well written and the only criticism is that it reads a bit dated and of its time, like ...more
Susan DeMetrick
Carl Hiaasen delivered another crazy ride in Skin Tight. Again, the author didn't fail to develop a plot which included an underlying environmental message, the murder of an innocent cosmetic surgery patient, and a cast of quirky characters. The story continued to become more intriguing with the characters trying to expose a crooked cosmetic surgeon as well as his menacing cohorts, involving a cover up of a murder of young girl who dies under the knife of the completely incompetent surgeon. Hiaa ...more
A typical Hiaasen mixture of good guys, bad guys and good plots sprinkled with humor. 7 of 10 stars
Fun, goofy, violent. Standard (meaning very fun) Hiaasen.

Four years after a plastic surgery mishap, which resulted in an inept surgeon murdering a woman and paying off the nurse who was the only witness, the case resurfaces when the nurse tries selling the story to a tabloid style TV show. The surgeon sends hit men to kill the investigator (protagonist) who in return determines to solve the case of the missing woman, and exact his own justice on surgeon.

The real beauty of the story isn't the plo
(Mick Stranahan #1)
Somebody wants Mick Stranahan dead. Mick is sure of this, because he just had to dispatch a pistol-packing intruder with the help of a stuffed marlin head. But who would want to hurt a former Florida state investigator? The answer is plenty of people-as Stranahan soon finds himself acquainted with a litter of nefarious players, including a hit man whose skin problems could fill a comprehensive (if bizarre) medical textbook, a lawyer of questionable repute who advertises on bil
Alan Reynolds
Read this in two days before 22-5-93. Fascinating writer compulsive read. About venality in Florida. This one about good (?) killer Mick Stranahan.

Sell. On p.107 there is something about someone rich and worthless practising putting in his office gave me idea that PC's have greatly democratised time-wasting. Work it out.

Also without being asked to I lent my copy of this book to Ted Knudsen (who enjoyed it) and to Huib Versluys (who returned it without comment being polite I guess)

Read and enjoye
Jody Kihara
One of the funniest books I ever read. I laughed out loud the WHOLE way through it. It is a thriller, yes - but one with the kookiest characters (ones you love, ones you hate), the most unbelievable (yet somehow believable) situations, and a great ending, too. This was the first of Hiassen's adult books I read, so maybe that's why it's my favourite... either way, this is one I'm going to read again.

Hiassen's novels can start to feel a bit "same-y" in terms of plot, after you read a few of them..
Mick Stranahan ist Frührentner. Seit dem er einen korrupten Richter erschossen hat, wurde er vom Staatsdienst ausgeschlossen. Jetzt genießt er sein Leben in seinem Pfahlbau, das einsam in einer Bucht liegt. Mit der Ruhe ist es leider vorbei, als ein Berufskiller versucht ihn zu ermorden. Wer hat den Auftrag erteilt ihn zur Strecke zu bringen?

Wenn in Florida ein junges Pärchen stolz neben einer angeschwemmten Leiche für ein Erinnerungsfoto posiert und ein Barrakuda den Wachhund ersetzt, dann ist
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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 southern Florida.
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