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Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen

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A crime caper which bounces from one ridiculous scenario to another in a highly addictive fashion. He is a joy to read, oodles of plot, wacky characters, the dangerous heat of Florida’s Everglades and a real laugh. You’ll love it. I must tell you a little bit about the publishing background. He is huge in the States but hasn’t totally caught on over here so he’s changed publisher and is now going to be marketed as comic literature coming from the same publisher as Bill Bryson and Ben Elton. What is interesting is that neither of those big authors were massive bestsellers until they too switched to the publisher Transworld. I love him.

Comparison: Charlie Higson, Ben Elton, Janet Evanovich.
Similar this month: None but try Matt Beaumont for humour and Alistair Beaton for the improbable.

If you like Carl Hiaasen you might also like to read books by Christopher Buckley, Patrick Quinlan and Ben Elton.

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Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen

Joey Perrone is a woman with a mission. She’s just been pushed overboard from a cruise liner by Chaz, her scumbag husband, and survived to tell the tale. But rather than reporting him to the police, she decides to stay dead and - with a little help from her friends and a few of Chaz's enemies - instead of getting mad, she's going to get even.

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‘Slick, swift and gloriously funny’ Sunday Telegraph

‘America’s finest satirical novelist … the blazing conscience of the sunshine state’ Observer

‘The funniest crime novelist to put pen to paper’ Evening Standard

‘The undisputed master of organized chaos... His satire is a fierce unmuzzled snarl, swiftly followed by a painfully ironic bite. Quite simply, brilliant’ Sunday Times

‘Florida’s poet laureate – the chronicler of its corruption, craziness and exploited ecology… a unique satirical talent’ Financial Times

About the Author

Carl Hiaasen

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 Hiaasen

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Publication date

1st June 2005


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Transworld Publishers Ltd


480 pages


Crime / Mystery
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