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Stormy Weather (Skink #3)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  12,533 Ratings  ·  684 Reviews
When a ferocious hurricane rips through southern Florida, the con artists and carpetbaggers waste no time in swarming over the disaster area.

Among the predators are Edie Marsh, an entrepreneurial young woman whose scheme to sleep with a Palm Beach Kennedy has fizzled, freezing her to concoct a colossal insurance rip-off; Lester Maddox Parsons, a murderous ex-con whose viol
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ebook, 335 pages
Published August 11th 2010 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published 1995)
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Jonathan Ashleigh
This book was like reading a tabloid, only I cared less about the people between the covers.
Thomas Strömquist
Yes, there is a theme to the Hiaasen books and if you've read one, you will be able to draw parallels to them all. Luckily, some of the things they have in common are that they are deliciously bitingly satiric, often crazily funny and surely greatly entertaining! The third appearance of Skink is no exception and the 'hero' in this one, the complex Augustine (who juggles real skulls as relaxation/meditation) is a great complement to the ex-governor.
Bronwen
Stormy Weather follows Carl Hiaasen's usual fomula, with his normal cast of characters. The confused female victim of the greedy jerk rescued by the "crazy" recluse and the caring, law-enforcement hero. The story takes place in the Florida Everglades, as usual, and contains the author's requrired amount of environmental "preachiness."

If Hiaasen's books are all so predictable, why do I like reading them so much? Because he is an incredibly clever writer with a dark, twisted sense of humor that I
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Mary Alice
Mar 08, 2017 Mary Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary Alice by: Richard Levine
Very dark frenetic humor with a superabundance of ridiculous characters on the margins of society. I guess one could consider the police officers normal....sort of. Very funny. Would make a wild movie with lots of slapstick and insane situations. I wouldn't want to read a lot of books like this, but Stormy Weather was a good experience for me.

Set in Florida. Is everyone in Florida like this?
Dennis
May 08, 2011 Dennis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop-lit, never-again
Fool me twice, shame on me. What on earth was I thinking taking on a second installment by the same author responsible for writing Star Island? As if that calamitous wonder wasn't bad enough, this glutton for punishment nevertheless vowed to forge his way through Stormy Weather simply because it was sitting there on his desk for the taking. Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky.

This time the author scrambles a muddle of cartoonish characters whose lives intersect implausibly in the immedia
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John Martin
Nov 06, 2011 John Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I joined GR, I mistakenly thought I had read this book and gave it four stars. I was wrong - which I realised when I stumbled upon the book at the Lifeline Bookfair in Canberra. I've now actually read the novel and upgraded it to five stars.
Carl Hiassen has not dissapointed me yet.
This is my kind of book. It has zany characters that you really do love or hate and understand, a funny plot as intricately woven as a fine basket and an underlying message - that is not in your face and you can c
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Kathy
Carl Hiassen has a satiric edge second to none, as he provides characters and plots that bring to light, make that "spotlight," the human vices and societal ills that plague all places, but especially the state of Florida. As Hiassen said in a recent speech, "they (reprobates and crazies)all come here (Florida). For those of us who speak fluent sarcasm and appreciate nothing better than witty sarcasm, Hiassen's novels, and Stormy Weather certainly, make our joy meters tingle in a most pleasurabl ...more
Susan
This book was so funny and the characters were so different. I did not know this was a series but I love the crazy, uber intelligent, gross, scrupulous character that Carl Hiaasen created in Skink (ex-governor). Florida has just had a devastating hurricane and between the people that are homeless and the vultures that come there to scam them, CH weaves a tale that is hysterical and has a balanced redemption. If your up for a riotous romp through the Everglades with a wonderfully clever, kooky ca ...more
Kevin Topolovec
Mar 31, 2017 Kevin Topolovec rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I need to find a new book. A book where just ONE character has motives that are purely good.
Cyrus
May 14, 2008 Cyrus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Carl Hiaasen book I'd read, and probably the first example of "popular" not-quite-literary fiction I'd read in quite a while. I've been reading too much heavy stuff (Under the Volcano, The Savage Detectives etc.) and was looking forward to a light, fast paced read with some good laughs thrown in, and I'd always heard that Hiaasen was a perfect example of what they call a "beach read." Also I was intrigued by the idea that his books are always set in Florida, as I spent my chi ...more
Emily Anderson
Sep 13, 2007 Emily Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who love crime-humor
This is one of my favorite Hiaasen novels. It has 10 or 12 crazy characters (including a one-eyed ex-governor who lives off the wild in the Everglades) and it's hilarious! If you haven't read any Hiaasen, he is based in the Miami area and his books are all humor/crime novels that usually have basically the same theme: a somewhat crazy environmentalist fighting evil, corrupt forces (Florida govt., land developers) in the Everglades. It's really a love-it-or-hate-it genre, but if you love one Hiaa ...more
Brian
Apr 08, 2017 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Carl Hiaasen books are an interesting thing. The formula is pretty much the same each time. Greed, environmental protection, despicable villains, and offbeat quirky “heroes”. And despite the similarity, the novels vary greatly in quality. “Stormy Weather” is one of Hiaasen’s okay efforts. Not among the best of his I have read, but not down there with the worst.
This novel features the reoccurring character of Skink, I think this is the 3rd book (in terms of publication order) in which Skink appea
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Paul Pessolano
Feb 24, 2017 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition



“Stormy Weather” by Carl Hiaasen, published by Alfred A. Knopf.

Category – Mystery/Comedy Publication Date – August, 1995.

This series is so good that I keep trying to sneak one in every once in awhile as I read current titles.

Hurricane Andrew is now a memory but when it hit South Florida its devastation had everyone’s attention. This novel, although funny, does hit on the problems brought on by Hurricane Andrew.

A pair of newly weds find themselves torn apart as he wants to video, for profit, the
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Geoff
Aug 12, 2011 Geoff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-reading
I love a good Carl Hiaasen book, alas this was not a good Carl Hiaasen. It starts off strong, sweeping the reader into the story following the wake of a hurricane. The cast ballons quickly and just as quickly gets thinned down in a series of gruesome endings, which, for the most part, are not ironic, fitting, or funny. As the cast dwindles down so does the plot, which revolves around: Bonnie and Max Lamb, the mismatched newly wed couple; Augustine, the good guy skull juggler; Edie, the con-woman ...more
Squire
Jun 06, 2015 Squire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Squire by: Susan--thanks again!
I've been making an attempt to get around to some GR friend requests this year and this is #8 for this year. The variety of authors I've read this year has been greater than any I've encountered in a long time. This is the latest one.

A crazy cast of characters all entering Florida during and after a hurricane. The dark and twisted hilarious and satirical nature of the novel is offset by its preachiness over environmental concerns which have grown stale for me and it's predictibility. Hiaasen's d
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H. P. Reed
If the Writer Fairy, dressed in sparkly chinos, tube top, ruby tiara and plaid sneakers, bebopped her way into my bedroom and asked me, "Who d'ya wanna write like?" I think I'd vacillate between Reginald Hill and Carl Hiaasen. But before she bonked me with the ruby magic wand, I'd likely settle on Hiaasen. Why, when he's so often formulaic? Because his formulae make me laugh, that's why. His prose is crisp and funny. His characters are odd, spooky and funny. His plot twists are improbable and fu ...more
Mike
A major hurricane (Andrew?) hits near Miami and Hiaasen has a lot of fun with the aftermath. His cast of characters is perfect, a mix of grifters, clueless tourists, overworked cops, hookers, hobos with a past, building industry cheaters, insurance adjusters on the take and straight, criminals, etc. High quotient of smiling with a few chuckles thrown in. Mindless entertainment but lots of clever writing and twists keep you in the plot. Solid entertainment from every one of his books so far.
Juliana
I read a Hiaasen every year. No one has a better set of Florida man characters.
Anna Peace
Apr 07, 2017 Anna Peace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: Alfred Smith
Loved this book! There were a couple of characters I would have loved to have read more about and, fortunately, Carl Hiaasen wrote a book about one of them. You want to keep reading to find out what happens. I couldn't put it down!
Eric_W
Dec 17, 2008 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Virtually everyone and everything is corrupt, except perhaps the deranged ex-governor of the state, in Carl Hiaasen's marvelously funny Stormy Weather.

Bonnie and Max Lamb are on their honeymoon at Disney World when the one-hundred year hurricane hits. Max, being a good red-blooded American, immediately grabs his video camera and heads for the path of destruction to tape all the gore and devastation. Bonnie is not happy, feeling this is somehow disrespectful, but when Max is kidnapped by Skink,
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Richard Levine
Feb 18, 2017 Richard Levine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Knowing of Carl Hiassen's reputation, I picked up Stormy Weather as fun vacation reading on a trip to Florida, and I was not disappointed by this hilarious, rollicking satire of southern Florida in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane. The plot is way too complicated for me to even attempt to summarize, and the novel is filled with a seemingly unending series of bizarre and often unpleasant, if not downright repulsive, characters. But it is a really funny book. Hiassen is not only a keen sat ...more
Jay
Jan 31, 2016 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalypse-now
South Florida is its own uniquely twisted universe. Other than the late Charles Willeford ("Miami Blues"), no one captures this world more accurately, vividly and hilariously in fiction than Carl Hiaasen. "Stormy Weather", written in 1995, is the zanier side of the truly horrific Hurricane Andrew, a vicious satire of the darker side of my adopted Sunshine State, a poke in the eye of the public "servants" and developers who built (or allowed) a world of match-stick and balsa wood homes, and those ...more
Aiya
Feb 24, 2017 Aiya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Carl Hiaasen novel and the one that got me hooked on reading his work. A terrible hurricane has just blown through Florida and. in its wake, a cast of characters few writers other than Hiaasen could put together find their lives turned upside down.

Full of twists, turns, tight suspense and laugh-out-loud moments, this is everything Hiaasen readers have come to expect.
Rachel
Jun 01, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usually I start reviews with a brief plot summary, but I'm not even sure how to sum this one up. The story takes place in the immediate aftermath of a hurricane that has hit Florida, and hard -- that part is easy enough. But against this backdrop Hiaasen sketches a tale that could only take place in one of his novels. With the normal social boundaries washed away by the storm, Florida becomes a land of chaos, and Hiaasen's characters reveal very interesting aspects of human nature.

In an initial
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Cat Ellington
Dec 28, 2016 Cat Ellington rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personally, I cannot even think of Carl Hiaasen's name without busting up in laughter. The exceptional novelist is genuinely gifted beyond words. Because he has that wonderfully unique and witty way of combining serious social matters with just the right amount of hilarity. And I truly believe that, for this very reason, he has become a legendary cult novelist.

In yet another of his appreciable efforts, Stormy Weather, the plot revolves around two newlyweds (Max and Bonnie), a former Florida gov
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aPriL does feral sometimes
The usual (well, maybe not exactly 'usual' except for the kind of folks who end up in the police blotter sections of newspapers) odd Florida characters from murderers to con artists to the distinctly cracked in the head are involved in various linked ways.

This time it's a Florida hurricane which starts the ball rolling, as various couples find that a hurricane has completely wrecked the lives they had been living before the winds hit and overturned everything that made them the people they felt
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Andie
Apr 16, 2015 Andie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why no one has made a movie out of any of Carl Hiaasen's hilarious novels is a mystery to me. His writing is so cinematic, that you can visualize the plot unfolding on as movie or TV screen as you turn every page. This volume centers around a Hurricane that hits south Florida and its aftermath and is populated by Hiaasen's usual cast of Florida misfits and oddball characters: a honeymoon couple from New York who are looking to see what a hurricane is like, a sexy con artist who gets herself invo ...more
David Ward
Stormy Weather (Skink #3) by Carl Hiaasen (Alfred A. Knopf 1995) (Fiction – Thriller). This is the irrepressible South Floridian author Carl Hiassen's latest “romp in the swamp.” It is the third appearance of former Florida Governor Clinton Tyree who is best known as “Skink.” In this installment, a hurricane has devastated South Florida, and the citizens in the lower third of the state are in survival and rebuilding mode. Various scam artists known as “construction subcontractors” are pouring in ...more
Terry
Sep 27, 2007 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: modernnoir
In this book, Hiaasen achieves a nice feat. He blends a modern noir with patches of dark hilarity, like the Coen Brother's Fargo. This is a tale of grifters ranging through post-hurricane-Andrew Florida, ripping off victims who have just been through a terrible natural disaster. Snapper, a grifter who had his jaw rearranged by a game warden, is so stupidly menacing he needs a part-time prostitute named Edie to mediate between him and the rest of the world. Edie and Snapper naturally are trying t ...more
Kelly
May 13, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lately I've been making an effort to try and read as much of the full catalog of some favorite authors as possible. This is is in part just to see how the writer evolves over time. I mention this because if you've never read this author before, don't make this your first book.

It is an entertaining read but not the best example of the satire that I enjoy in his work. The characters here, while entertaining as usual, were almost too many for the story and even those you tend to root for had a bit
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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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