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.
July 2009 Guest Editor Louise Wener on CARL HIAASEN
I 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.
Honey Santana – self-proclaimed queen of lost causes – has a plan.
She’s taking part-time telephonist Boyd Shreave on a kayaking trip to Dismal Key for a lesson in civility. But lurking in the island's undergrowth is failed alligator wrestler Sammy Tigertail with death on his mind; and Honey's vengeful co-worker, Louis Piejack, now with the fingers of one hand surgically mis-attached to the wrong knuckles.
A holiday to die for? In Hiaasen's extraordinary universe, anything can happen...
Closing date: 06/09/2018
Embarrass yourself in public by laughing to near apoplexy.
Beautifully orchestrated chaos as the characters stumble towards the light or into a watery gator-filled grave. Guardian
‘The undisputed master of organised chaos … His satire is a fierce unmuzzled snarl followed by a painfully ironic bite. Quite simply, brilliant’ Sunday Times
Publication date: 08/10/2007
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||8th October 2007|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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.Author photo © Fenia HiaasenMore About Carl Hiaasen