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Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen
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Jul 25, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in December, 2006

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 myself biting my lip to avoid waking my wife with laughter. Fans of Elmore Leonard will recognize and appreciate the style of entertaining, well written crime fiction. I'm not ready to put Hiassen up on the throne with Leonard, but he's close. I liked Skinny Dip well enough to go back to the store for two more of Hiaasen's novels.
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Leslie This is not morally uplifting fiction ... Merely fun ...

Leslie ... But my read is different. I live and work in South Florida, recognize some of the characters in agriculture, science, and law enforcement to be composites of real people, know the fragile gorgeous waterscape depicted here. The best humor has a kernel of hard truth; Skinny Dip's laugh-out-loud hilarity is matched by its cold-sober accuracy. The not-fun message is "Pay attention!" as we destroy vast swaths of invaluable South Florida wildness. This book is not an environmental polemic, but Mother Nature is THE major recurring character in Hiassen's work. Again, his evocation of this non-fictional player is pitch-perfect.

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