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Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen
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Jan 24, 2010

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Carl Hiaasen does what he does, and he does it well. That's basically it.

You know when you pick up a book by Hiaasen that you're going to get:

a) Sleazy Florida land developers
b) A protagonist who's a little person fighting a losing battle, but doing it with style.
c) A romantic subplot, usually involving a remarkably competent woman
d) Theme: 'Don't tear up the everglades / gulf coast'
e) A number of laugh-out-loud moments
f) An over the top bad guy, probably addicted to something bizarre. In this case, steroids.

This one doesn't disappoint on any of these counts. There were, I'll admit, a couple of times when I felt it was all getting just a little too predictable - Hiaasen following a well established formula - but the final chapters got me in and cracked me up, so all was forgiven in the end.

Sure, there might be a formula, but if it aint broke...
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Richp It is not too much of a plot spoiler to add that at least one of the over the top bad guys ends up dying in a comically absurd and violent way.

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