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Honey Santana - self-proclaimed queen of lost causes - has a Plan. She's working on a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference and dinner-time telemarketers. She's also taking part-time telephonist Boyd Shreve and his less-than-enthusiastic mistress to Dismal Key - one of the Everglades' Ten Thousand Islands - for a gentle lesson in civility. What Honey doesn't know is that lurking in the island's undergrowth is Sammy Tigertail, half-blood Seminole Indian and wholly failed alligator wrestler, with death on his mind; and Honey's deranged co-worker, Louis Piejack, now with most of his fingers surgically mis-attached to the wrong knuckles, and intent on revenge. A holiday to die for? In Hiaasen's extraordinary universe, anything can happen ...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552773713
ISBN-10: 0552773719
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 126mm x 25mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Black Swan
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 8-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » Hiaasen's latest heroine is mad as hell, at least when she's off her meds, and she's not going to take it anymore.When a telemarketer who's interrupted dinner with her son Fry to peddle waterlogged Florida real estate responds to her gentle reproof with obscenities, Honey Santana, deciding he needs to be taught a lesson, sets out to entice Boyd Shreave to the Everglades to give him a taste of his own medicine. She lures both Boyd and his colleague and mistress Eugenie Fonda to Dismal Key, where she proposes to give them a comprehensive immersion in unspoiled Florida. For better or worse, though, she's picked a week when Dismal Key is overrun with other loonies. Sammy Tigertail has come at the behest of the late Jeter Wilson, whose spirit has been nagging him ("This was the worst vacation I ever had") ever since Sammy dumped his body into an obliging swamp. Theodore Dealey is a private eye hoping to get photos of Boyd and Eugenie in flagrante for Boyd's wife, whose interest in the affair has gone way beyond divorce. Louis Piejack, the rancid ex-boss who groped Honey and lived to regret the sequel, is positive she has the hots for him. Perry Skinner, vice mayor of Everglades City, takes a proprietary interest in both Honey, since he used to be her husband, and Fry, since he used to be his father. Members of the First Resurrectionist Maritime Assembly for God are waiting for the Messiah to make landfall. FSU undergraduate Gillian St. Croix, who just wants to have fun, is about the only cast member to get her wish.For once, the characters are funnier than their exhaustingly unpredictable interactions. The result is less satire than usual from Hiaasen (Skinny Dip, 2004, etc.), and more Rube Goldberg farce. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of twelve previous novels, including Sick Puppy, Lucky You, Stormy Weather, Basket Case, Skin Tight, Skinny Dip and, most recently Hoot and Flush, both novels for children. He also writes a weekly column for the Miami Herald.

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