Monday 3 July 2006

Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen

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Somebody wants Mick Stranahan dead. Mick is sure of this, because he just had to dispatch a pistol-packing intruder with the help of a stuffed marlin head. But who would want to hurt a former Florida state investigator? The answer is plenty of people-as Stranahan soon finds himself acquainted with a litter of nefarious players, including a hit man whose skin problems could fill a comprehensive (if bizarre) medical textbook, a lawyer of questionable repute who advertises on billboards, and a TV show host whose taste for sensationalism is exceeded only by his vanity. The whole thing gets downright harrowing for the ex-cop in one of Hiaasen''s most breathtaking, madcap romps ever-where even a plastic surgeon with extremely shaky hands waits to wring Stranahan's neck.

This was my first experience with the works of Carl Hiaasen and definitely won't be my last. I had not been sure what to expect but what I got was a brilliantly funny tale with really exceptional characters that stick with you.

The main character Mick Stranahan is a hoot. I loved the way he is straight forward, unwilling to put up with hassle from anyone and the way he deals with those who are out to get him, in the funniest ways. The other most memorable for me is Chemo, a bad guy with a weed-whacker for a prosthesis.

This book is so over the top (in a good way) that you just can't help but laugh out loud at times. The book also manages to maintain some pretty great suspense and it's one of those books where the bad guys always get their just desserts. What more could you ask for?

It was one heck of a ride!

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