This was a funny book - with "dark" humor. Joey figured out that she had married a jerk when her husband threw her off a cruise ship. What Chaz Perrone didn't figure on was that his beautiful wife was also a championship swimmer. Joey manages to save herself from drowning - and is rescued by an ex-cop named Mick Stranaham. With Mick's assistance, Joey comes up with a plan for revenge on her husband. Carl Hiaasen always writes up wacky characters and this book is no exception ... a great, funny beach read!
Considering how trying to kill your wife could be funny, this book is hilarious! It reminds me a bit of Evanovich in how she has so much serious stuff going on yet adds humor; yet it's different too. I enjoyed this book a lot. you have to read it to unfold the entire mystery and how so much stuff keeps coming around and going wrong!
Hiaasen's latest fictional crusade against the destruction of Florida's nature world is as funny, fast-reading, and enjoyable as his many previous works. The characters are outrageously inventive, the dialog pitch-perfect, and the reading experience just plain fun. Recommended!
My first Carl Haissen book and it won't be my last. This book is all about revenge and the best way to serve it. I got a big kick out of how the main character and her new beau tried to make her husband nuts, and in the end won. Lots of chuckles along with way.
"Skinny Dip" is another entry into Hiaasen's theater of the absurd, with its usual cast of colorful characters and ridiculous twists to the plot that remind you there are far more idiots in this world than those with common sense. There are cameos from previous books, such as Mick and Captain, but enough new personalities - and fresh digs into political corruption - to make this entertaining and enjoyable. It's laugh out loud funny with enough feel good emotions to counter the darker motivations. I loved Joey and Mick, as well as the fascinating Tool. There isn't a single miss in the cast of this offbeat work. My only complaint was the rather blunt and enigmatic ending.
Still, you can't go wrong with this one for wacked out, plotty fun.
Very funny! Vintage Hiaasen. Follow the tale of a bride on her honeymoon with her murderous new husband. He pitches her overboard from the cruise ship, and she swims to an island inhabited by a (sexy, of course!) recluse, who helps her exact a hilarious revenge.
If you know Hiaasen then this is one you don't want to miss. If you don't know him he has a slightly twisted sense of humor where the good guy always wins. He can go to the dark side of humor in humans but we all know they are out there. Always funny stuff.
A stinging and ridiculously funny tour de farce. Full of bright, deftly honed humor. a madcap trip through southern Florida to find out why Chaz Perrone threw his beautiful wife Joey off a cruise liner. To the rescue of a nearly drowned Joey, comes Mick Stranahan trying to live his life in seclusion, but the interruption is hillarious.
Hiaasen "borrows" tidbits from real news stories and scatters them in this hilarious book about revenge. His humor is dry and sometimes a bit perverse, but his ideas are fresh and his characters are memorable. You can't go wrong with this author, whose books are always set in southern Florida.
"A screwball delight full of bright, deft, beautifully honed humor...pure reading pleasure." "Terrific - a whopping cannonball splash of fun...breakneck pace...lots of laughs and plenty of vicarious vengeance."
From the book jacket: Marine biologist Chaz Perrone can't tell a sea horse from a saw horse. And when he throws his beautiful wife, Joey, off a cruise liner, he really should know better. An expert swimmer, Joey makes her wat to a floating bale of Jamaican pot- and then to an island inhabited by an ex-cop named Mick whose ex-wives include five waitresses and a TV producer. Now Joey wants revenge.......
Another excellent Carl Hiaasen adventure. Man and wife go on a cruise. Man throws wife overboard. Unbeknownst to him she is an excellent swimmer and makes it to shore. With her rescuer, she plots to pay her husband back. Good book, page turner.
Typical of Hiassen, this book is a rollicking romp through South Florida, with a cast of barely believatble characters. The equivalent of literary bubblegum, this story traces the adventures of a wife whose husband heaves her overboard off a cruise ship expecting never to see her again...but she doggedly survives, only to remain in hiding until she can both figure out why her husband did it and salve her pride by tormenting him a little bit. You will laugh out loud and wish you could meet some of Hiassen's vivid cast of personnages whom she crosses paths with in her quest to drive her husband nuts.
If my husband were as much of a jerk as Chaz, this is exactly what I'd want to do to him! Hilarious. A revenge fairytale. Reminded me of "Burn Notice." I will definitely listen to another Hiaasen - completely entertaining.
This was my first book by this author and defiantly not my last.This was such a funny book it kept me laughing through out the book.You could relate to the characters and were rooting for the wife through out the book and what happened to the husband was what he deserved.It was nice seeing the wife fall in love again with a new man.This book is a page turner and you will want to keep reading to find out what happens next.
I picked this book up on a cruise ship the night I got on the ship. What a book to read the first night of a cruise. With the subject getting thrown off the back of a ship on the first few pages. It is a outloud laughing fun mystery. One of Hiaasen's great humor fun stories.. You will enjoy it for sure. slnsred
This book was a great read. I would highly recommend it to anyone that likes a novel with an original storyline that is full of twists, turns, drama , suspense and humor. Hiaasen takes us on a whirlwind tour de force that leaves you wanting more even when you've reached the stunning conclusion.
I don't know how to describe this book; it's a quasi-mystery with some romance and comedy thrown in for good measure. The author is particularly adept at creating over-the-top, yet somehow realistic, characters. I didn't find myself particularly attached to the story but I found it intriguing enough to keep reading. All in all, an enjoyable romp.
This is my first Carl Hiaasen book and I have to say that I'm really surprised and I loved it! It's unusual to find a murder mystery with humor and this book was written with it mixed in so well, it definatly did not distract from the storyline at all. Although this isn't your average blood and guts murder mystery, there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that there was no "romance" mixed in to mess up the story. There is a hint here and there about some romance to come, but Mr. Hiaasen doesn't go into it, thereby leaving the story pure, thank God. I get tired of having to fast forward past the romance crap just to get back to the real story. If I wanted romance, I'd read a romance novel! Anyway, I plan to read more of Carl Hiaasen in the future and I highly recommend it to you if you like mystery with a touch of humor mixed in. A refreshing twist from the average mystery novel.
Funny! This reminded me of The Lives and Loves of a She-Devil. Ah, revenge can be so sweet! Had me laughing for more than one car trip. Much funnier in audio than the book: I don't often laugh out loud when I read.
This book will defiantly having you laughing.Its a very funny book about a husband who pushes his wife overboard on a cruise ship and thinks shes dead.Only the wife isnt dead and she comes back to get revenge on him.He thinks hes going crazy but in reality the wife is doing all of it.She mets a new man who helps her and they fall in love.
I loved this book, if you need to laugh, this is the book for you. The characters are hilarious and the story line gets funnier the longer you read. I rarely laugh out loud while reading but this book had me in stitches.
A delightful read - a mystery, a little sex and it all winds around to be a book you don't easily lay down.
A wife gets thrown off a ship and presumed to be drowned or eaten by sharks.....but, not so and as the tale unwinds you see how she catches her husband in her snare.
The detective seems more like a Columbo character......all a wonderful read!
There is a thin line between farce and stupid, fortunately Carl Hiaasen stays on the funny side. Another book that features the characters that only seem to inhabit the islands, coasts and Everglades of Florida. How about a tale that begins with a woman being pushed off a cruise ship by her husband and is saved when she happens upon a floating bale of Jamaican pot. Hang on, it is a wild, fun ride to the finish. Enjoy
Alot of fun. I always enjoy Hiaasen's books and this one did not disappoint. Again, Florida is his main character. The story is very funny. It is also scary because (though fictional) he is really writing about the impact of greed and corruption on the Florida Everglades.
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.
Serious ecological problems caused by society handled with humor and leaving you wondering "What else can go wrong". Writer creates great characters and tricky plots that work. Good read cover to cover.
Carl Hiaasen is always funny and this book is no exception to the rule. When Chaz pushes his wife overboard on their anniversary cruise he forgets she was the captain of her college swim team. She drifts up to a private island on a bale of marijuana and from there on the laughs and characters multiply on every page.
This story is vintage Hiaasen: takes place in Florida, is peripherally concerned with ecology, has vivid characters, and a plot revolving around greed. Ho hum. Except characters, plot, and background are over-the-top funny. When you read a Hiaasen story, you will laugh, of course, but two pages later, and have to go back to see if what you thought you read was actually printed. He writes outrageously funny stories and this one is no exception.
On behalf of my husband, who is the fiction reader in our family, I submit his review of Skinny Dip.
He found the story line was very interesting and fun, in a weird kind of way. My husband is not one for much baffoonery, so that says alot about his appreciation for this writer's work.
The vulgarity was something that my husband did not like, and said that he wished the writer would have toned it down. The story held his attention throughout, though, and deserved to be told without so much profanity.
A 4.5 star rating would be appropriate for Skinny Dip other than the colorful language, which brings it down to 3.5.
This is my first time reading a novel by Carl Hiaasen, and I was intrigued by the interesting plot. Marine biologist Chaz Perrone throws his beautiful wife, Joey, off the side of a cruise ship on their 5th anniversary cruise. Joey miraculously survives the attempted murder, and spends the rest of the novel seeking revenge against her cowardly, sneaky husband. There are many peripheral funny S. Florida characters and a side plot about Everglades pollution. All in all, a satisfying novel full of plot twists and actions you just don't see coming.
From the book:
Marine biologist Chaz Perrone can't tell a sea horse from a sawhorse. And when he throws his beautful wife, Joey, off a cruise liner, he really should know better. An expert swmmer, Joey makes her way to a floating bale of Jamaican pot - and then to an island inhabited by an ex-cop named Mick Stranahan, whose ex-wives include five waitresses and a TV producer. Now Joey wants to get revenge on Chaz and Mick's happy to help her. But in swampy South Florida, separating lies from truths and stupidity from brilliance isn't easy. Especially when you're after a guy like Chaz-who's bad at murder, great at fraud, and just terrible at getting caught.
This was a very entertaining read. It will keep you laughing all the way thru.
I fully enjoyed this book. There are great characters - bad guys, good guys, good bad guys - all entertaining and they all keep you guessing. Great descriptions of Florida and the variety of people who lurk there.
From Publishers Weekly
Hiaasen's signature mix of hilariously over-the-top villains, lovable innocents and righteous indignation at what mankind has done to his beloved Florida wilderness is all present in riotous abundance in his latest. It begins with attractive heiress Joey Perrone being tossed overboard from a cruise ship by her larcenous husband, Chaznot for her money, which she has had the good sense to keep well away from him, but because he fears she is onto his crooked dealings with a ruthless tycoon who is poisoning the Everglades. But instead of drowning as she's supposed to, Joey stays afloat until she is rescued by moody ex-cop Mick Stranahan, a loner who has also struck out in the marriage department. Then the two together, with the unwitting aid of a suspicious cop who can't pin the attempted murder on Chaz, hatch a sadistic plot to scare that "maggot" out of what little wit he has. Even Tool, a hulking brute sent by the tycoon to keep an eye on Chaz, eventually turns against him, and much of the fun is in watching the deplorable Chaz flounder further and further in the murk, both literally and figuratively (Chaz's job, as the world's unlikeliest marine biologist, involves falsifying water pollution levels for the tycoon).
Chaz Peroone might be the only marine scientist in the world who doesn't know which way the Gulf Stream runs, but he's found a way of doctoring water samples so that a ruthless agribusiness tycoon can continue dumping fertilizer into the endangered Everglades. When Chaz suspects his wife, Joey, has figured out his scam, he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner into the night-dark Atlantic.
This is a hilarious, full-throttle, pure Hiaasen ride through the warped politics and mayhem of the human environment...highly entertaining!