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Squeeze Me

(Skink #8)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  27,595 ratings  ·  3,777 reviews
From the best-selling author of Skinny Dip and Razor Girl, a new novel that captures the Trump era with Hiaasen's inimitable savage humor and wonderful, eccentric characters. A surefire best seller.

Carl Hiaasen's Squeeze Me is set among the landed gentry of Palm Beach. A prominent high-society matron--who happens to be a fierce supporter of the President and founding membe
Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Knopf
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Susan K Of course! It takes place in Palm Beach, FL in 2020 and is very funny. I consider it the best satire of this year. It's a must-read for anyone - - wit…moreOf course! It takes place in Palm Beach, FL in 2020 and is very funny. I consider it the best satire of this year. It's a must-read for anyone - - with humor about politics.(less)

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I don’t think I knew how much I needed this book until I started reading. Yes, it’s based in our current reality but Hiaasen has a gift for stretching that reality to ridiculous lengths until you reach a place where you can only look up & laugh. However, fair warning to fans of the Orange One & his posse….you may not find this quite so amusing.

In fact, supporters of those who suffer from inherited wealth, political ambition or general pretension may have trouble locating their funny bone. It’s d
Carl Hiaasen returns us to the madness of Florida, in a deranged, irreverent and funny social and political satire featuring the imbecilic Orange one with his gerbil like attention span and his first lady, referred to here by their secret service names of Mastodon and Mockingbird. It is the height of the exclusive Palm Beach charity ball season that so many of the country's wealthy arrive for, with the Casa Bellicosa close by, the Winter White House. Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons is a prominent member of ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Carl Hiaasen delivers a clever, humorous novel that’s going to leave you shaking your head saying “Oh no, tell me he didn’t just go there!?” Oh yes friends, he did! And lucky you were along for the ride!

When Kiki Fitzsimmons disappears from a charity ball at the country club in S. Florida, the search is on! After all, she couldn’t and wouldn’t have simply walked away.

Well, leave it to the twisted mind of Carl Hiaasen to take her disappearance to the next level! While your detective skills may
Sep 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Sad to say that it appears Mr. Hiaasen has lost his ability to provide good humor in his novels. A philandering President, a twenty foot long snake and a dallying first lady provides few chuckles. 2 of 10 stars
Carolyn Walsh
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hilarious, absurd, and hysterical, this was a well-plotted and bizarre crime thriller with an abundance of black humour and silliness. The main characters were quirky, colourful, and brilliantly portrayed. 4.5 stars!

A central character is the American President, known to the secret service as Mastodon. This portrayal may seem to some as too outrageous to be credible even as satire. He is vile, uncultured, hates immigrants who become his targets for blame and lies, spends time ranting and raging
Kasa Cotugno
So this is Carl Hiaasen's take on the tRump administration. The leader of the free world, referred to only by his code name of Mastodon (pleased to learn of the animal's extreme size and strength, he asked for a visit to the zoo to see a herd of his namesakes, probably just after requesting an audience with Frederick Douglass), firestorms tweets, spends much time in his custom- built tanning bed, and clomps around his Palm Beach compound (here, Casa Bellicosa). Treated more humanely is the curre ...more
Aug 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 stars for a hilarious book recommended by my s-i-l Judie. I have read 11 books by Carl Hiaasen and enjoyed every one. This one is book 8 in the Skink series. Skink is the former Florida Governor who walked off the job in an earlier book. He was and is an environmentalist, given to outrageous acts of sabotage against companies or people who damage the environment. He does not appear in this book until the second half.
The 1st half is about the interchange of incidents between Angela, "Angie" Arm
Sep 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Disappointing. Really enjoyed other Hiaasen books, but found this to be too mean spirited toward a President he obviously hates. His overwhelming disdain for Trump caused him to lose the humor normally associated with his other works. It is one thing to poke fun and totally another to have a running hateful diatribe through out.
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, library
Carl Hiaasen is always good for a laugh. And this book is no exception. Kiki Pew Fitsimmons is a Palm Beach dowager, a member of the POTUS Pussies. She also happens to have gone missing during a fundraising gala for IBS. In typical Hiaasen fashion, the plot rolls out in hysterical fashion with multiple threads that will keep your head spinning. He excels at clever names and descriptions which always seem to hit the mark.
Hiaasen has a list of those he hates, first and foremost being our idiot pr
John Martin
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've long thought Donald Trump must have strayed from the pages on a funny Carl Hiassen novel. No-one else could invent a character as outrageous as him, right?
I am pleased to say even if I were wrong, I was right.
Trump fits seamlessly into his part in Squeeze Me. He's never actually named as such, but we are let in no doubt it's really him.
Hiassen has always done satire well.
On one level, this is a skilfully-written entertaining and funny story.
On another level, it's a savage barb.
I can't wait
Bill Mcgrath
Sep 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Should have been titled, "I hate all conservative republicans." First let me say that I have read ALL of Carl Hiaasen's books, as well as the young adult titles to my kids. He along with Dorsey were my favorite authors. Now I know that Hiaasen is a democrat, but I read these books as an escape from all the political crap that's out there now. Kind of like how it's hard to watch sports and ESPN because sports are far from the main focus anymore. I couldn't even finish this book and it seemed like ...more
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Hilarious, at a time when most everyone needs a laugh. An elderly Palm Beach socialite has too much to drink at a fancy resort, and disappears along with her killer. The book moves back and forth between some lowlife criminals hired to hide evidence, an animal capture/control specialist, the Potussies, and the President's and First Lady's antics in the Winter White House. Referred to mostly in their Secret Service monikers (Mastodon and Mockingbird), they are both pilloried by Hiassen: a bird ne ...more
Apr 01, 2021 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

Carl Hiaasen is a Florida conservationist and journalist whose ecological concerns are highlighted in his humorous novels. Hiaasen always creates comic characters, but he doesn't have to start from scratch in this book. Instead Hiaasen skewers the obese, overly tanned, anti-immigrant, Tweet-happy former POTUS with the yellow-orange pompadour. Trump fans wouldn't like this book.


As the story opens, a golden-age Palm Beach socialite named Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons goes missing from a fundr
Glae R. Egoville
Sep 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Too many children's books

I used to like Hiaasen's writing. He wrote funny, snarky and loony. This awful book was his two cents about the current President. It wasn't even good satire. It was childish and stupid. Every time a well known writer weighs in with their political opinions I sense a big publishing company hovering. Carl should go back to writing kid's books at least they require some restraint.
Anna Avian
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
The story started off well but by the halfway point it stalled and everything became a little too ridiculous and boring. The jokes about Mastodon stopped being funny at some point and just became tiresome and repetitive. It was disappointing that none of the characters had any redeeming value.
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub2, humor
Silly and ridiculous? Yes!, but oh so funny except for Trump fans, as this political satire certainly skewers him to the max. Not sure the First Lady deserved the portrayal, but it IS supposed to be fiction, right?

I loved the main character, Angie Armstrong wildlife wrangler and her interesting job. Of course, cornering and euthanizing HUGE pythons was a surprise in Palm Beach as it is apparently too far north of their typical habitat. But pythons are a predominant feature of the story line. A
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To me Carl Hiaasen's novels sometimes get so tangled up in their own hijinks that they run out of steam before I can finish.

Not so "Squeeze Me," which is clever and nutty, and sustains its premise through to the end. Of course, it takes place in the Florida of the president known to his Secret Service as Mastodon, and the FLOTUS known as Magpie (you will believe the stories about her re-negotiating her prenup before moving into the White House after you read this).

Angela Armstrong is a wildlife
Laura A Lang
Aug 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Narrow focused hatchet job on President and First Lady is a slut. Hiaasen’s humor has saved me during stressful times. Not this time. Disappointed
Aug 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Wow, Carl calm down!
Your distaste of Trump, I understand, but making that a main theme in the story was STUPID.
I was reading to escape the reality of Trump and your book did not help.
Fred Forbes
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OK, Carl Hiaasen (of the newspaper and publishing Hiasasens) finally lets loose with another satirical romp in South Florida. Most of the actions centers about the Winter White House in Palm Beach, Casa Bellicosa where the portly president resides (Secret Service code name "Mastadon", First Lady's is "Mockingbird".) The book is a great send-up of charitable event staging, political fundraising and various shenanigans. The primary entertainment for the prez is provided by his "nutritionist" but t ...more
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Angie runs her own business, Discreet Captures, in Palm Beach, FL where she traps and relocates wildlife. She receives a call from the caretaker of a local estate about a giant python and manages to remove the snake without offending party guests. But what happened to Kiki Pew, the wealthy hostess who seems to have vanished from the event? Her posse of frequently-intoxicated elderly socialites demands to know. Could an evil foreigner be responsible for Kiki’s disappearance, as the POTUS claims? ...more
Sid Nuncius
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought Squeeze Me was great fun.

Set in Florida, the plot involves the lives of the very rich and of the President being disrupted by the appearance of some huge Burmese pythons, a species which has established itself in Florida largely through abandoned pets as they became to big to handle. Angie Armstrong is a wildlife removal specialist who becomes involved and then enraged by the cover-up and attempt to frame an innocent man for political gain. A convoluted, amusing and rather gripping st
Hiassen satire at its best! Presidential references are hysterical and incredibly authentic.

Loved Scott Brick's narrating and listening to anything he does is always a joy!

Hiaasen is magical and especially appreciated during these unpredictable times.🗳
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where's that sixth star when you need it? This book (which I listened to, rather than reading in physical book format) was masterfully read by Scott Brick and it washed over me like cool water on a burning hot day. To put it mildly, I needed Hiaasan's signature comedic genius to lighten my days, and he delivers with Squeeze Me. Angie Armstrong is a lovably imperfect wildlife wrangler and disgraced former veterinarian who, in a moment of highly forgivable weakness, fed a wildlife poacher's hand t ...more
Paula Hagar
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I confess to being a bit of a literary snob who tends to read (mostly contemporary) "literature" that has no genre. I almost never read mysteries or detective stories, and while I do love psychological thrillers when they are done well, I find very few that are. Every now and then we all need a good laugh and a break and escape from the intensity of our current world. This book was that for me.

Carl Hiaasen is in a category all his own, and is (almost) always good for seriously hilarious, laugh-o
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a very black night here in NYC, I laughed. Thank you Carl Hiassen for giving me a reason to smile. Writing a satire is difficult, but Hiassen totally nails it with this satire of Palm Beach and the high society, vacuous denizens.

Amazing, it is a snake that causes chaos, much the same as a snake has caused chaos in our nation. It amazed me that this book was so up to date with referrals to Covid 19. The main character is Angie, an animal wrangler with her own backstory.

Spoiler alert: if you
Lee A Brown
Aug 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Carl's drinking the Kool Aid

I used to love this author, his quirky characters , and the witty repartee. His love for Florida, pre- overwhelming development, is still admirable. However, his barely disguised attack of a sitting President and family is beyond the pale, and I will no longer be a follower.
Every time I read a Hiaasen, I realize all over again what a fabulous writer he is. No, his descriptions of the countryside aren't going to win any major literary awards. But his love for Florida, with all its quirks and quirky characters, should certainly be recognized. And while there are plenty of examples of Florida Man IRL for him to draw from, he does such a great job of creating quirky but also multi-faceted characters to populate his books. I have to give special props to him for always ...more
Craig Pittman
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
By my count, I have read 20 of Carl Hiaasen's novels -- the 14 wacky crime novels he's written for adults, starting with "Tourist Season"; five of his books for kids, starting with "Hoot"; and one absolutely scathing non-fiction book he wrote about Disney World called "Team Rodent." I still regard "Hoot" as his best book but I have to say that his new one, "Squeeze Me," is in the top three (along with "Native Tongue").

Part of it is his choice of protagonist -- Angie Armstrong, a one-time officer
Donna Davis
Hiaasen is the last person I expected to write a one-star review for, but here it is. We're rolling along with his trademark wealthy, reactionary baddies and his intrepid, fearless working class protagonist. Lots of funny potshots at the former president and former First Lady, and then...when she wants to persuade one of the bad guy's henchmen, who is African-American, she fashions a noose around his neck and pulls on it as she interrogates him.

Stick a fork in me, cause I'm done here! I may eve
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida, he joined the Miami Herald as a general assignment reporter and went on to work for the newspaper’s weekly magazine and prize-winning investigations team. As a journalist and author, Carl has spent most of his life advocating for the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family live in southern ...more

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