Skinny Dip

[a Novel]

Hiaasen, Carl

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Skinny Dip
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Chaz Perrone might be the only marine scientist in the world who doesn't know which way the Gulf Stream runs. He might also be the only one who went into biology just to make a killing, and now he's found a way--doctoring water samples so that a ruthless agribusiness tycoon can continue illegaly dumping fertilizer into the endangered Everglades.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375411083
0375411089
Characteristics: 355 pages ;,24 cm

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May 07, 2014

This is my first Hiaasen novel, and his love for the Everglades comes across loud and clear. I’ve read other authors who turn their books into poorly disguised mouthpieces for their pet issues. Luckily Hiaasen isn’t nearly that obvious. Hiassen’s style is subtle but satisfying. Chaz’s ultimate fate isn’t perhaps as cut-and-dried as some would like, but I enjoyed the ambiguity. I’ll have to see what else he’s written. I like the man’s style.

Jan 09, 2014
  • VPLlen rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

My second Carl Hiaasen novel and I enjoyed it. These would be great books to take to the beach.

Jan 19, 2013
  • booklady1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

good read! really funny!

May 29, 2012
  • Donnalee Smith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is a fun, summer read. It opens with a woman falling off the back of a cruise ship, after her husband pushed her in. She survives, and she now has a mystery to unravel. I enjoyed the humour in the book, but the humour is a bit dark and twisted and may not be to everyone's taste. I loved the Florida setting, and the environmental concerns added some weight to this amusing mystery.

Jan 23, 2012
  • andimal rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not his best, but a good read nonetheless.

Sep 09, 2011
  • samuraibunny rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An amusing book to be sure. There was romance in this book, but it was very low-key, the main plot being revenge.

Since this is a light book, I didn't expect much character growth, but there is - surprisingly - a couple. Behind the humor and the satire, there is definitely a push for environmental awareness, which I think is fantastic. I mean, if you're dead, how are you going to spend all of that cash?

This is certainly a laugh-out-loud book, from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.

Aug 18, 2011
  • queensgirl1963 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great summer read. Funny premise of a husband tossing his wife over board on a cruise ship. How can you not read on and see what happens???

Nov 08, 2007
  • Cabby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love his writing style

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Jan 12, 2015
  • siammarino rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

On their 2nd anniversary cruise, Chaz dumps his wife Joey overboard thinking she has discovered his shady dealings at work. What unfolds next is purely hilarious. A great novel if you are interested in the Everglades and the environment!

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