Review

Skinny Dip

by Carl Hiaasen

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Author
Talk -- July 2004





Joey Perrone is the multi-millionaire wife of marine biologist Dr.
Chaz Perrone. They are on a Caribbean anniversary cruise when he
lures her on deck and suddenly, and inexplicably to Joey, grabs her
by her trim little ankles and tosses her overboard off the coast of
Florida. This all happens in the first paragraph, so there are no
spoilers here. She washes ashore on a bale of Jamaican weed and is
rescued by self-exiled ex-cop Mick Stranahan. When she tells him
her story, he wants to call the authorities, but Joey has other
plans. She wants to find out why Chaz tried to kill her and then
make him pay for it. The only way to do that is to stay dead.

What follows is a whomping tale of cat and mouse, with Joey and
Mick gaslighting the publicly mourning Chaz at every turn. She
plants personal items in his house, which Chaz has stripped bare of
all reminders of his dearly departed wife. They snoop on Chaz's
girlfriends. As they uncover Chaz's reason for murder --- he has
been fudging on the Everglades water samples he takes for the
Florida Game and Fish department because he's on the take from a
corporate vegetable farmer --- they cook up the coup de gras. When
the bad guys lose --- and they always do in Hiaasen's stories ---
they lose in a delightful, deserved, eye-for-an-eye denouement. If
only life worked that way in this wicked world, how sweet it would
be.

There are certain authors who throw me into withdrawal when they
don't produce a novel every year. Carl Hiaasen is one of them. Oh,
he's been putzing around with young adult fiction, but when a
Hiaasen fan wants a fix with his South Florida characters and
partners in crime, they want the full-on adult version. SKINNY DIP
delivers. In fact, pure prejudice aside, this may be one of his
best yet. That's saying something for any series writer who has
nine books in the same genre under his or her belt. But in this
one, Hiaasen brings us fresh, new and appealing characters, a plot
to keep you turning the pages, and his usual humorous swipe at the
bad guys who continue --- despite his best efforts --- to despoil
Florida's ecosystem.

Reviewed by Roz Shea on January 23, 2011

Skinny Dip
by Carl Hiaasen

  • Publication Date: May 1, 2006
  • Genres: Fiction, Thriller
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 0446615129
  • ISBN-13: 9780446615129