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Carl Hiaasen - Author

About the Author

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives. He is a prize-winning journalist with a regular column in the Miami Herald and many articles in varied magazines. He started writing crime fiction in the early 1980s and has recently branched out into children's books; he has also had several works of non-fiction published.

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Featured books by Carl Hiaasen

Squeeze Me

Squeeze Me

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/05/2021

An absolute monster of a fabulous read! I smirked and chuckled my way through this thoroughly entertaining and smart comedic crime novel. It’s charity ball season in Palm Beach, when a prominent high-society member of the POTUSSIES (a group of women who support the President) goes missing, the President declares it was the fault of immigrant hordes. However, wildlife wrangler Angie Armstrong has just been tasked to deal with an influx of huge pythons, so the President might just be talking out of his behind. By the way, I am a titchy bit scared of snakes, but this didn’t affect my reading of this novel in any way. The President’s name is never mentioned, but Carl Hiaasen brilliantly lampoons the President that came between Obama and Biden, and I actually snorted with laughter on a number of occasions. I first read Carl Hiaasen’s novels for young adults, including Skink No Surrender but this is my first of his novels for adults. If you’re already a fan then you might just bump into a much loved character in Squeeze Me. This is a book that you can just throw yourself into and trust in the talent of the author. He isn’t just funny, the humour is pointed and makes a point. Squeeze Me is so irreverent, stimulating, and gorgeously readable, I already know that it will be one of my books of the year. Chosen as a Liz Pick and a Star Book, in the middle of dark times this is just what we needed, unless of course you are a fan of a certain someone!

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Razor Girl

Razor Girl

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2017 for Comic Fiction. Shortlisted for the Last Laugh Award at the CrimeFest Awards 2017. A return to Hiaasen land is always welcome and Razor Girl proves one of his better escapades after a few fallow years. The absurdities, venalities and sheer black humour of his Florida capers will always keep you splendidly entertained and this tale offers an array of memorable moments: imaginative car hijacks (involving a razor and  personal hygiene... don't ask...), beach sand cons, mafia crooks, gay restaurateurs and the return of Andrew Yancy, roach inspector extraordinaire, together with the introduction of Merry Mansfield, a new irrepressible red-headed heroine with dubious morals and a strong line in cynicism. Hiaasen still uses wit to combat the despoiling of the paradise Florida once was, but his frantic plotting and larger than life characters make the message go down as smoothly as a milk-shake, albeit a strong alcoholic-laced one. Belly laughs are guaranteed. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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Skink No Surrender

Skink No Surrender

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

This is a dive in head first and read until you're dizzy book, so utterly brilliant and readable it’s scary! The totally bizarre and freakily sane Skink joins detective forces with Richard, who is looking for his cousin Malley after she runs away with a man she met online. With laugh until you gasp for air moments, mostly involving Skink, you quickly realise he is one of the most amazing characters to ever appear in print - would you actually want to meet him? Oh yes, most definitely! Some authors have that undefinable edge, that ability to take you right there, to the place of their choosing, Hiaasen most certainly has the gift. This is an unforgettable must read of a crime/ mystery novel for young adults. P.S. this is so unputdownable, don’t leave it around for other people to pick up until you’ve finished reading it - as you won't get it back!

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Bad Monkey

Bad Monkey

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/06/2014

When a severed arm is discovered by a couple on honeymoon in the Florida Keys, former police detective - now reluctant restaurant inspector - Andrew Yancy senses that something doesn't add up. Determined to get his badge back, he undertakes an unofficial investigation of his own. Andrew's search for the truth takes him to the Bahamas, where a local man, with the help of a very bad monkey (who allegedly worked on the Pirates of the Caribbean movies) is doing everything in his power to prevent a developer from building a new tourist resort on the island, with deadly consequences ...

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Bad Monkey

Bad Monkey

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/06/2014

When a severed arm is discovered by a couple on honeymoon in the Florida Keys, former police detective - now reluctant restaurant inspector - Andrew Yancy senses that something doesn't add up. Determined to get his badge back, he undertakes an unofficial investigation of his own. Andrew's search for the truth takes him to the Bahamas, where a local man, with the help of a very bad monkey (who allegedly worked on the Pirates of the Caribbean movies) is doing everything in his power to prevent a developer from building a new tourist resort on the island, with deadly consequences ...

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Star Island

Star Island

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/02/2012

Twenty-two-year-old pop star Cherry Pye is attempting a comeback from her latest drug and alcohol disaster. Ann DeLusia is Cherry's 'undercover stunt double', standing in for Cherry whenever the singer is too wasted to go out in public. But, one night, Ann-as-Cherry is mistakenly kidnapped from a Miami hotel by an obsessed paparazzo named Bang Abbott. Now the challenge for Cherry's handlers (comprising the world's pushiest stage mother; perverted record producer; nipped-and-tucked twin publicists; weed-strimmer-wielding bodyguard) is to rescue Ann while keeping her existence secret from the public. Will Bang achieve his fantasy of a private photo session with Cherry? Will Cherry sober up in time to lip-synch her concert tour and promote her new album, Skantily Klad? And will Ann escape from Cherry's shadow?

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Scat

Scat

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2010

  September 2010 Book of the Month.   Totally topical, Scat is a brilliant fast-moving eco-aware thriller set in the swamps of Florida. Nick and Marta get sucked into the world of corrupt oil prospectors and fanatical eco-activists when Mrs Starch, a formidably horrible teacher at Truman School, takes the class on a trip to Black Vine Swamp and simply disappears. Behind the great adventure are serious messages and warnings about the despoliation of a very special area.

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Nature Girl

Nature Girl

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/10/2007

This is slapstick satire where one chaotic situation bounces on to another.  Full of wacky characters and improbable scenarios and set in the dangerous world of Florida’s ‘gator-strewn Everglades, it’s just the most ludicrous fun you’ll have for a long time.   Comparison: Christopher Brookmyre, Colin Bateman, Chris Haslam.   July 2009 Guest Editor Louise Wener on CARL HIAASENI started reading Carl Hiaasen when I was traveling in Florida researching my third book, The Half Life of Stars. The book is set in and around Miami, as is most of Hiaasen’s fiction. Hiaasen is the master of satirical, comic crime writing – I can’t tolerate the bleak slasher kind – and his characters are gloriously flamboyant. The plots are fast and furious and he brilliantly lampoons everything from rock music to politics to our obsession with eco causes and plastic surgery.

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Skinny Dip

Skinny Dip

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Ebook Release Date: 24/10/2006

Chaz Perrone might be the only marine scientist in the world who doesnt 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 hes found a waydoctoring water samples so that a ruthless agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the endangered Everglades. When Chaz suspects that his wife, Joey, has figured out his scam, he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner into the night-dark Atlantic. Unfortunately for Chaz, his wife doesnt die in the fall.Clinging blindly to a bale of Jamaican pot, Joey Perrone is plucked from the ocean by former cop and current loner Mick Stranahan. Instead of rushing to the police and reporting her husbands crime, Joey decides to stay dead and (with Micks help) screw with Chaz until he screws himself.As Joey haunts and taunts her homicidal husband, as Chazs cold-blooded cohorts in pollution grow uneasy about his ineptitude and increasingly erratic behavior, as Mick Stranahan discovers that six failed marriages and years of island solitude havent killed the reckless romantic in him, were taken on a hilarious, full-throttle, pure Hiaasen ride through the warped politics and mayhem of the human environment, and the human heart.

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Other books by Carl Hiaasen

Kick Ass

Kick Ass

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2021

Beginning with Welcome to South Florida , a chapter introducing such everyday events as animal sacrifice, riots at the beach, and a shootout over limes at the supermarket, this collection organizes over 200 columns into 18 chapters, chronicling events and defining the issues that have kept the South Florida melting pot bubbling throughout the '80s and '90s. An introductory essay provides an overview of Hiassen's career and outlines his principal concerns as a journalist.

Hoot

Hoot

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/06/2019

Hilarious, touching and thought-provoking, Hoot is a modern classic, now celebrating its fifteenth anniversary. Winner of the Newbery Honor award and a New York Times bestseller, Carl Hiaasen's first novel celebrates the natural world with his trademark wit and warmth. Roy Eberhardt never wanted to move to Florida. In his opinion, Disney World is an armpit. Roy's family moves around a lot so he's used to the new-kid drill - he's also used to bullies like Dana Matherson. And anyway, it's because of Dana that Roy gets to see the mysterious running boy who runs away from the school bus and who has no books, no backpack and, most bizarrely, no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy starts to trail the mystery runner - a chase that will introduce him to many weird Floridian creatures: potty-trained alligators, cute burrowing owls, a fake-fart champion, a shoeless eco-warrior, a sinister pancake PR man, new friends and some snakes with sparkly tails. As the plot thickens, Roy and his friends realise it's up to them to save the endangered owls from the evil Mother Paula's pancake company who are planning to build a new restaurant on their home . . .

Assume the Worst

Assume the Worst

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/04/2018

This is the ultimate hilarious, cynical, but absolutely realistic view of a college graduate's future. And what he or she can or can't do about it. This commencement address will never be given, because graduation speakers are supposed to offer encouragement and inspiration. That's not what you need. You need a warning. So begins Carl Hiaasen's attempt to prepare young men and women for their future. And who better to warn them about their precarious paths forward than Carl Hiaasen? The answer, after reading Assume the Worst, is: nobody. Illustrated by bestselling author/illustrator and National Book Award winner Roz Chast, this book is bound to be a classic, sold year after year come graduation time. Although it's also a good gift for anyone starting a job, getting married, or recently released from prison. Because it is not just funny. It is, in its own Hiaasen way, extremely wise and even hopeful. Well, it might not be full of hope, but there are certainly enough slivers of the stuff in there to more than keep us all going.

Razor Girl

Razor Girl

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Ebook Release Date: 06/09/2016

The new full-tilt, unstoppably hilarious and entertaining novel from the best-selling author of Skinny Dip andBad MonkeyWhen Lane Coolman's car is bashed from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an ordinary accident is anything but (this is Hiaasen!). Behind the wheel of the other car is Merry Mansfield--the eponymous Razor Girl--and the crash scam is only the beginning of events that spiral crazily out of control while unleashing some of the wildest characters Hiaasen has ever set loose on the page. There's Trebeaux, the owner of Sedimental Journeys--a company that steals sand from one beach to restore erosion on another . . . Dominick "e;Big Noogie"e; Aeola, a NYC mafia capo with a taste for tropic-wear . . . Buck Nance, a Wisconsin accordionist who has rebranded himself as the star of a redneck reality show called Bayou Brethren . . . a street psycho known as Blister who's more Buck Nance than Buck could ever be . . . Brock Richardson, a Miami product-liability lawyer who's getting dangerously--and deformingly--hooked on the very E.D. product he's litigating against . . . and Andrew Yancy--formerly Detective Yancy, busted down to the Key West roach patrol after accosting his then-lover's husband with a Dust Buster. Yancy believes that if he can singlehandedly solve a high-profile murder, he'll get his detective badge back. That the Razor Girl may be the key to Yancy's future will be as surprising as anything else he encounters along the way--including the giant Gambian rats that are livening up his restaurant inspections.From the Hardcover edition.

Squirm

Squirm

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/06/2016

Squirm is a funny, wildly entertaining adventure about the great outdoors and protecting the environment, from New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen, author of modern classic, Hoot. Some facts about Billy Dickens: * He once saw a biker swerve across the road in order to run over a snake. * Later, that motorcycle somehow ended up at the bottom of a canal. * Billy isn't the type to let things go. Some facts about Billy's family: * They've lived in six different Florida towns because Billy's mum insists on getting a house near a bald eagle nest. * Billy's dad left when he was four and is a total mystery. * Billy has just found his dad's address - in Montana. This summer, Billy will fly across the country, hike a mountain, float a river, dodge a grizzly bear, shoot down a spy drone, save a neighbour's cat, save an endangered panther, and then try to save his own father.

Skink--No Surrender

Skink--No Surrender

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Ebook Release Date: 23/09/2014

Carl Hiaasen serves up his unique brand of swamp justice in the New York Times bestseller SkinkNo Surrender. A National Book Award Longlist Selection When your cousin goes missing under suspicious circumstances, who do you call? There's only one man for the job: a half-crazed, half-feral, one-eyed ex-governor named Skink. Skink joins 14-year-old Richard on a breakneck chase across Florida, undaunted by lightning storms, poisonous snakes, flying bullets, and giant gators. There are a million places cousin Malley could be, a million unpleasant fates that might have befallen her, but one thing is certain: in the Florida swamp, justice is best served wild.SUNSHINE STATE AWARD FINALIST!

Skink No Surrender

Skink No Surrender

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Typical Malley - to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard - he knows his cousin's in trouble before she does. Wild Skink - he's a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets and giant gators. Carl Hiaasen first introduced readers to Skink more than 25 years ago in DOUBLE WHAMMY, and he quickly became Hiaasen's most iconic and beloved character, appearing in six novels to date. Both teens and adults will be thrilled to catch sight of the elusive 'captain' as he pursues his own unique brand of swamp justice. With Skink at the wheel, the search for a missing girl is both nail-bitingly tense and laugh-out-loud funny.

Carl Hiaasen Collection: Hoot, Flush, Scat, Chomp

Carl Hiaasen Collection: Hoot, Flush, Scat, Chomp

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Ebook Release Date: 28/05/2014

Discover the funny side of Florida with #1 New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen in this collection of four books: Hoot, Flush, Scat and Chomp."e;It's classic Hiaasenlaugh-out-loud Satire in a Florida setting."e; Life

Edible Exile

Edible Exile

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Ebook Release Date: 11/03/2014

Cuervo is a pampered Nicaraguan moneyman, funding a guerrilla war from his cushy Miami penthouse. Sixto is his hulking, pistol-packing attendant, whose job satisfaction is on the wane. When an aging mobster enters their lives with a promise to help the rebel causewith a planeload of chickens originally intended for voodoo sacrificea tense situation turns combustible. From the wickedly funny mind of Carl Hiaasen comes ';The Edible Exile,' a raucous story of sleazeball nihilists, lovable thugs, and jungle-weary freedom fighters who collide in a battle of wills, ego, and the almighty dollar. This cheeky tale, written twenty-five years ago, set aside, and recently rediscovered, is a time-capsule glimpse of Miami during the over-the-top 1980s, when everyone was on the make and gross excess was the order of the day. In an intriguing twist, Hiaasen had lost his original ending to the story. ';So I decided to write a new ending,' he says. ';As a friend said, ';How often does a writer get the opportunity to collaborate with a younger version of himself?'' The Edible Exile is a wild romp through Hiaasen Country, sure to appeal to the outlaw in all of us.

Dance of the Reptiles

Dance of the Reptiles

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Ebook Release Date: 28/01/2014

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIf you think the wildest, wackiest stories that Carl Hiaasen can tell have all made it into his hilarious, bestselling novels, think again. Dance of the Reptiles collects the best of Hiaasen's Miami Herald columns, whichlay barethe stories--large and small--that demonstrate anew that truth is far stranger than fiction.Hiaasen offers his commentaryindignant, disbelieving, sometimes righteously angry, and frequently hilariouson burning issues like animal welfare, polluted rivers, and the broken criminal justice system as well as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Bernie Madoff's trial, and the shenanigans of the recent presidential elections. Whether or not you have read Carl Hiaasen before, you are in for a wild ride.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Bad Monkey

Bad Monkey

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Ebook Release Date: 11/06/2013

Andrew Yancylate of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff's officehas a human arm in his freezer. There's a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it's not called the roach patrol for nothing). But firstthis being Hiaasen countryYancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters, including his just-ex lover, a hot-blooded fugitive from Kansas; the twitchy widow of the frozen arm; two avariciously optimistic real-estate speculators; the Bahamian voodoo witch known as the Dragon Queen, whose suitors are blinded unto death by her peculiar charms; Yancy's new true love, a kinky coroner; and the eponymous bad monkey, who with hilarious aplomb earns his place among Carl Hiaasen's greatest characters. Here is Hiaasen doing what he does better than anyone else: spinning a tale at once fiercely pointed and wickedly funny in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of what's left of pristine Floridanow, of the Bahamas as wellget their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.From the Hardcover edition.

Basket Case

Basket Case

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Ebook Release Date: 30/04/2013

Once a hotshot investigative reporter, Jack Tagger now bangs out obituaries for a South Florida daily, plotting to resurrect my newspaper career by yoking my byline to some famous stiff. Jimmy Stoma, the infamous front man of Jimmy and the Slut Puppies, dead in a fishy-smelling scuba accident, might be the stiff of Jacks dreamsif only he can figure out what happened.Standing in the way are (among others) his ambitious young editor, who hasnt yet fired anyone but plans to break her cherry on Jack; the rock stars pop-singer widow, whos using the occasion of her husbands death to re-launch her own career; and the soulless, profit-hungry owner of the newspaper, whom Jack once publicly humiliated at a stockholders meeting.With clues from the dead rock singers music, Jack ultimately unravels Jimmy Stomas strange fatein a hilariously hard-won triumph for muckraking journalism, and for the death-obsessed obituary writer himself.Always be halfway prepared is Jack Taggers mottoand its more than enough to guarantee a wickedly funny, brilliantly entertaining novel from Carl Hiaasen.

Lucky You

Lucky You

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Ebook Release Date: 09/04/2013

Grange, Florida, is famous for its miracles--the weeping fiberglass Madonna, the Road-Stain Jesus, the stigmata man. And now it has JoLayne Lucks, unlikely winner of the state lottery.Unfortunately, JoLayne's winning ticket isn't the only one. The other belongs to Bodean Gazzer and his raunchy sidekick, Chub, who believe they're entitled to the whole $28 million jackpot. And they need it quickly, to start their own underground militia before NATO troops invade America.But JoLayne Lucks has her own plans for the Lotto money--an Eden-like forest in Grange must be saved from strip-malling. When Bode and Chub brutally assault her and steal her ticket, JoLayne vows to track them down, take it back--and get revenge.The only one who can help is Tom Krome, a big-city investigative journalist now bitterly consigned to writing frothy features for a midsized central Florida newspaper. With a persuasive nudge from JoLayne, Krome is about to become part of a story that's bigger and more bizarre than anything he's ever covered.Chasing two heavily armed psychopaths down the coast of Florida is reckless enough, but Tom's got other problems--the murderous attention of a jealous judge; an actress wife who turns fugitive to avoid divorce court; an editor who speaks in tongues; and Tom's own growing fondness for the future millionairess with whom he's risking his neck.The pursuit takes them from the surreal streets of Grange to a buzzard-infested island deep in Florida Bay, where they finally catch up with the fledgling militia--Chub, Bode Gazzer, a newly recruited convenience-store clerk and their baffled hostage, a Hooters waitress.The climax explodes with the hilarious mayhem that is Carl Hiaasen's hallmark. Lucky You is his funniest, most deliriously gripping novel yet.

Sick Puppy

Sick Puppy

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Ebook Release Date: 09/04/2013

When Palmer Stoat notices the black pickup truck following him on the highway, he fears his precious Range Rover is about to be carjacked. But Twilly Spree, the man tailing Stoat, has vengeance, not sport-utility vehicles, on his mind. Idealistic, independently wealthy and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly has dedicated himself to saving Florida's wilderness from runaway destruction. He favors unambiguous political statements -- such as torching Jet-Skis or blowing up banks -- that leave his human targets shaken but re-educated.After watching Stoat blithely dump a trail of fast-food litter out the window, Twilly decides to teach him a lesson. Thus, Stoat's prized Range Rover becomes home to a horde of hungry dung beetles. Which could have been the end to it had Twilly not discovered that Stoat is one of Florida's cockiest and most powerful political fixers, whose latest project is the malling of a pristine Gulf Coast island. Now the real Hiaasen-variety fun begins . . .Dognapping eco-terrorists, bogus big-time hunters, a Republicans-only hooker, an infamous ex-governor who's gone back to nature, thousands of singing toads and a Labrador retriever greater than the sum of his Labrador parts -- these are only some of the denizens of Carl Hiaasen's outrageously funny new novel.Brilliantly twisted entertainment wrapped around a powerful ecological plea, Sick Puppy gleefully lives up to its title and gives us Hiaasen at his riotous and muckraking best.

Chomp

Chomp

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Ebook Release Date: 27/03/2012

The hysterical #1 New York Times bestseller from Newbery honoree Carl Hiaasen featuring gators, snakes, bats that bite, and reality show hosts gone wild! When Wahoo Cray's dada professional animal wranglertakes a job with a reality TV show calledExpeditionSurvival!, Wahoo figures he'll have to do a bit of wrangling himself to keep his father from killing Derek Badger, the show's inept and egotistical star. But the job keeps getting more complicated: Derek Badger insists on using wild animals for his stunts; and Wahoo's acquired a shadow named Tunaa girl who's sporting a shiner courtesy ofherfather and needs a place to hide out. They've only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna's dad shows up with a gun . . . It's anyone's guess who willactuallysurviveExpedition Survival. . . ';Only in Floridaand in the fiction of its native son Carl Hiaasendoes a dead iguana fall from a palm tree and kill somebody.' New York Post ';Chomp is a delightful laugh-out-loud sendup of the surreality of TV that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.' Los Angeles Times ';Chomp shines in its humorous, subtle tweaks on pop culture. . . . The real satisfaction, however, is not so much in the book's humor but in its truth.' Time Out Chicago KidsFrom the Hardcover edition.

Star Island

Star Island

Author: Carl Hiaasen Format: Ebook Release Date: 27/07/2010

Meet twenty-two-year-old Cherry Pye (ne Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was fourteenand about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster. Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her undercover stunt double, Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too indisposedmeaning wastedto go out in public. And it is Ann-mistaken-for-Cherry who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott. Now the challenge for Cherrys handlers (berstage mother; horndog record producer; nipped, tucked, and Botoxed twin publicists; weed whackerwielding bodyguard) is to rescue Ann while keeping her existence a secret from Cherrys publicand from Cherry herself.The situation is more complicated than they know. Ann has had a bewitching encounter with Skinkthe unhinged former governor of Florida living wild in a mangrove swampand now hes heading for Miami to find her . . .Will Bang Abbott achieve his fantasy of a lucrative private photo session with Cherry Pye? Will Cherry sober up in time to lip-synch her way through her concert tour? Will Skink track down Ann DeLusia before Cherrys motley posse does?All will be revealed in this hilarious spin on life in the celebrity fast lane.

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