- Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date:
- 21 February 1992
- Crime, Thrillers and Mystery
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this is hiuaasen's first solo novel and it is a rollicking romp with constant humour, descriptions, and activiites that are all natural to south florida. all he did was put thbem togetherf within a few days. what would be more natural, though, for some crackers and seminoles to get together and form a terrorist organization withn the aim to get the tourists out of florida. the idea is so compelling, i have begun fantascizing forming such a thing myself.
Any book that starts out with the discovery of a dead, mutilated midgetstuffed in a bright red American Tourister suitcase will grab my attentionright away. LOL In this book, a small band of disgruntled and oddlymatched terrorists take it upon themselves to try to empty Florida oftourists and snowbirds and turn it back into the lush wilderness it oncewas. A half-crazed but extremely smart newspaper columnist, a washed upformer Miami Dolphin football star, a lunatic Cuban (born and raised in NewJersey, of all places) and a quietly lethal Seminole Indian, wealthy beyondbelief from Indian bingo parlors, all have motives of their own, buttogether they make a decidedly formidible foe. Tracked reluctantly by aprivate detective with a personal ax to grind against the columnist, theyplow their way through Miami's tourist population, kidnapping and murderingrandomly selected people, just for publicity to scare the beejezus out ofthe rest of them and make them all want to GO HOME!Like his other books, Hiaasen has created a cast of characters with so manyquirks and foibles you can't help but embrace them. Even the "bad guys"have qualities to admire. Hiaasen writes with wit and finesse and his booksare always very satisfying. This one was written back in the mid 1980s andis a little dated, but still a great read. (In one place, the detective hasa hell of a time finding a telephone and I guess I'm a creature of thecurrent times because I kept thinking, "Just use your cell phone!" LOL)I do heartily recommend any of the Hiaasen books I've read and this onehappily joins that list.
Riotous and rollicking tale of murder, mayhem and bumbling politico-environmental activists in South Florida. Hiassen's first solo effort.
Having lived in Florida for many years I can relate to Hiaasen. This book is just downright funny. Great stuff!
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