Skin Tight - Mick Stranahan, Bk 1 Author:Carl Hiaasen Somebody wants Mick Stranahan dead, and the list of possible players is long: the plastic surgeon with the extremely shaky hands, the sleazy lawyer who advertises, the TV host whose taste for sensationalism is exceeded only by his vanity, and the hit man whose skin problems could fill a comprehensive (if bizarre) medical textbook. — The who... more »le thing is downright harrowing.« less
Another super Hiaasen novel full of wacky characters that inhabit South Florida. This is about the 5th Hiaasen I have read and I would have to say its one of the best. (Others I have read include Tourist Season, Double Whammy, Strip Tease, Lucky You). Hiaasen has a knack for coming up with characters that are so memorable. Chemo and his Weed whacker prosthesis, the incompetent Dr. Graveline, and Reynaldo Flemm: the Geraldo like journalist in seach of a scoop are unforgettable. Even though this novel goes over the top in the grisly department, I would highly recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 3
I've enjoyed quite a few of Carl Hiaasen's books now, and this one did not disappoint me. Though not as humorous as some of his others this one delivers a solid plot line, memorable characters and, of course, Florida weirdness.
I'd rank it an 8 on a scale of 10 amongst his other books.
Zany. If you're in the right mood, Hiaasen's books can be a hysterical blend of characters, over-the-top situations, and an engaging storyline. If not, they can fall a little flat - the story isn't strong enough if you aren't enjoying the craziness.
I first read Carl Hiaasen's children/young adult books and I loved them. When I saw this novel, I was instantly interested. I read it in about 5 days because it was so intense. you never really know what is going to happen next because of all the beef Mick has with people. Guns, speed boats, nude models, and plastic surgery. What could be more Miami???
Unlike most people, I really disliked this book. I like my funny stuff not to be mean-spirited. No one in this book is a sympathetic character--they're all sleazeballs doing totally unbelievable things. I needed to take a shower after reading this.