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Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen
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Jan 21, 2010

did not like it

The book is about the angry antics of a millionaire eco-terrorist named Twilly, who follows a litterbug throwing trash out of his car while on the highway. The litterbug named Stoat is actually a corrupt lobbyist brokering deals for corrupt politicians and real estate moguls. When Twilly kidnaps Stoat’s black labrador (the sick puppy of the title) and eventually Stoat’s wife Desie, the mayhem begins. A multi-million-dollar real estate deal is endangered, bringing into play various goons of the big players (the state governor, the real estate magnate). The result is as brainless as a Duke Of Hazzards episode, but is much more fun.

Carl Hiaasen writes in short bursts, often using predictable dialogue, and cliche descriptions, but overall, the writing doesn’t diminish from the wacky experience. Oh, and the climax near the end of the novel is a perfectly zany end for a zany adventure.

Read this book if you’re: sick or bored, or traveling, or on the beach. Not if you want intellectual stimulation.

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