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Star Island by Carl Hiaasen
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Oct 26, 10

Read in October, 2010

Okay, the reason many people, myself and my wife included, read Hiaasen's mysteries is because he creates interesting, often unique, characters, his writing is seriously funny, and he often addresses human stupidity, crassness, scams, and ecological issues. His writing is also light and fast to read. The stories vary in their complexity, but that is not usually the overriding point in selecting to read a Hiaasen mystery.

That said, Star Island, has all of the good points noted above. Fun characters, whether they were nice or not, interesting situations, and interesting dynamics between the characters. It basically revolves around the machinations to keep a vacuous, teen-age singer who is a cross between Lindsy Lohan and Amy Winehouse (but with virtually no singing ability) from totally crashing before a new tour and CD. A murder or two occurs, but they are entirely peripheral to the plot. For those who read Hiasson, the always enjoyable "governor" has a limited role.

It's a usual good Hiassen read until the end when he seems to have gotten tired of writing the book and quickly and unsatisfyingly dribbles out the last chapter. And what happens to all the protagonists is wrapped up in a series of vignettes in an Epilog. So, disappointing in the end, but, otherwise, a fun Hiasson read.
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