Skinny Dip

Skinny Dip

Book - 2004
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Random House, Inc.
Chaz Perrone might be the only marine scientist in the world who doesn’t know which way the Gulf Stream runs. He might also be the only one who went into biology just to make a killing, and now he’s found a way–doctoring water samples so that a ruthless agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the endangered Everglades. When Chaz suspects that his wife, Joey, has figured out his scam, he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner into the night-dark Atlantic. Unfortunately for Chaz, his wife doesn’t die in the fall.

Clinging blindly to a bale of Jamaican pot, Joey Perrone is plucked from the ocean by former cop and current loner Mick Stranahan. Instead of rushing to the police and reporting her husband’s crime, Joey decides to stay dead and (with Mick’s help) screw with Chaz until he screws himself.

As Joey haunts and taunts her homicidal husband, as Chaz’s cold-blooded cohorts in pollution grow uneasy about his ineptitude and increasingly erratic behavior, as Mick Stranahan discovers that six failed marriages and years of island solitude haven’t killed the reckless romantic in him, we’re taken on a hilarious, full-throttle, pure Hiaasen ride through the warped politics and mayhem of the human environment, and the human heart.

Baker & Taylor
Doctoring water samples to help his corrupt agribusiness employer continue illegal dumping in the Everglades, biologist Chaz Perrone attempts to murder his wife, who has figured out his scam and who survives to plot her husband's downfall.

Blackwell North Amer
Chaz Perrone might be the only marine scientist in the world who doesnt know which way the Gulf Stream runs. He might also be the only one who went into biology just to make a killing, and now he's found a way - doctoring water samples so that a ruthless agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the endangered Everglades. When Chaz suspects that his wife, Joey, has figured out his scam, he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner into the night-dark Atlantic. Unfortunately for Chaz, his wife doesn't die in the fall.
Clinging blindly to a bale of Jamaican pot, Joey Perrone is plucked from the ocean by former cop and current loner Mick Stranahan. Instead of rushing to the police and reporting her husband's crime, Joey decides to stay dead and (with Mick's help) screw with Chaz until he screws himself.
As Joey haunts and taunts her homicidal husband, as Chaz's cold-blooded cohorts in pollution grow uneasy about his ineptitude and increasingly erratic behavior, as Mick Stranahan discovers that six failed marriages and years of island solitude haven't killed the reckless romantic in him, we're taken on a hilarious, full-throttle, pure Hiaasen ride through the warped politics and mayhem of the human environment, and the human heart.

Baker
& Taylor

Doctoring water samples to help his corrupt agribusiness employer continue illegal dumping in the Everglades, biologist Chaz Perrone attempts to murder his wife, who has figured out his scam and who survives to plot her husband's downfall. 300,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375411083
0375411089
9780446695565
0446695564
Characteristics: 355 p. ; 25 cm

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sisson_pam
May 28, 2015

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Kooky characters are the draw for me in HIassen's books. Skink, a former governor of Florida, takes his passion and independence to great lengths to protect the Florida everglades, people in danger, etc. oops, wrong book, not sure if Skink is in this one. The stories are so multi-leveled, interesting and tingling with adventrue.

bookfanatic1979 May 07, 2014

This is my first Hiaasen novel, and his love for the Everglades comes across loud and clear. I’ve read other authors who turn their books into poorly disguised mouthpieces for their pet issues. Luckily Hiaasen isn’t nearly that obvious. Hiassen’s style is subtle but satisfying. Chaz’s ultimate fate isn’t perhaps as cut-and-dried as some would like, but I enjoyed the ambiguity. I’ll have to see what else he’s written. I like the man’s style.

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VPLlen
Jan 09, 2014

My second Carl Hiaasen novel and I enjoyed it. These would be great books to take to the beach.

booklady1 Jan 19, 2013

good read! really funny!

Donnalee Smith May 29, 2012

This book is a fun, summer read. It opens with a woman falling off the back of a cruise ship, after her husband pushed her in. She survives, and she now has a mystery to unravel. I enjoyed the humour in the book, but the humour is a bit dark and twisted and may not be to everyone's taste. I loved the Florida setting, and the environmental concerns added some weight to this amusing mystery.

andimal Jan 23, 2012

Not his best, but a good read nonetheless.

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samuraibunny
Sep 09, 2011

An amusing book to be sure. There was romance in this book, but it was very low-key, the main plot being revenge.

Since this is a light book, I didn't expect much character growth, but there is - surprisingly - a couple. Behind the humor and the satire, there is definitely a push for environmental awareness, which I think is fantastic. I mean, if you're dead, how are you going to spend all of that cash?

This is certainly a laugh-out-loud book, from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.

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queensgirl1963
Aug 18, 2011

Great summer read. Funny premise of a husband tossing his wife over board on a cruise ship. How can you not read on and see what happens???

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babsrich
Jul 28, 2010

fun revenge. Joey Perrone, who takes revenge on her cheating husband after he has tried to murder her.

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

I love his writing style

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siammarino Jan 12, 2015

On their 2nd anniversary cruise, Chaz dumps his wife Joey overboard thinking she has discovered his shady dealings at work. What unfolds next is purely hilarious. A great novel if you are interested in the Everglades and the environment!

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