Chaz Perrone might be the only marine scientist in the world who doesn't know which way the Gulf Stream runs. But he's just found a way to make a fortune out of the Florida Everglades, and he's damned if anyone's going to stop him. So when he suspects that his wife, Joey, is going to get in his way, he takes her on an expensive anniversary ...
Chaz Perrone might be the only marine scientist in the world who doesn't know which way the Gulf Stream runs. But he's just found a way to make a fortune out of the Florida Everglades, and he's damned if anyone's going to stop him. So when he suspects that his wife, Joey, is going to get in his way, he takes her on an expensive anniversary cruise and pushes her overboard into the night-dark Atlantic. Unfortunately for Chaz, Joey survives the fall. Clinging to a bale of Jamaican pot, she manages to stay alive, and is plucked from the ocean by former cop, current loner, Mick Stranahan. But instead of rushing to the police and reporting her husband's crime, Joey decides to stay dead and (with Mick's help) screw with Chas until he screws himself. As Joey haunts and taunts her homicidal husband; as Chaz's cold blooded cohorts in crime grow uneasy with his increasingly erratic behaviour; as Mick Stranahan discovers that six failed marriages have not killed his ability to fall in love all over again, Carl Hiaasen takes us on a hilarious, romantic, page-turning journey through the warped politics of southern Florida, and through the madness and mayhem created by the human heart.
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Fine in Very Good jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall; Alfred A. Knopf First Print Near Fine Hardcover in Near Fine Dustjacket. Bright lime-green paper covered boards backed with black faux cloth silver lettered at spine, tiny black dot at lower edge of green front board, light indentation on lower edges, decorative head and tail bands, pages unmarked, clear and fresh, decorated dustjacket by Carol Devine Carson, illustration by Charles Burns, light wrinkle at spine ends. A marine scientist who is doctoring water samples for a ruthless agribusiness is suspected by his wife and he throws her overboard but she survives. "...a hilarious, full-throttle, pure Hiaasen ride through the warped politics and mayhem of the human environment, and the human heart." New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004 First Edition, First Printing. 6.5" x 9.5" tall; 355pp.
Very Good. 0375411089 Signed 1st edition, 1st printing, Knopf hardcover w/ DJ, 2004. Book is VG, w/ clean text, solid binding; light coffee stains to bottom edge (they don't show on the page when the book is open). DJ is VG, w/ a bit of edge/shelf wear (no tears or chips). Signed and inscribed by author on half-title page. Free delivery confirmation.
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Publishers Weekly, 2004-05-10 Hiaasen's signature mix of hilariously over-the-top villains, lovable innocents and righteous indignation at what mankind has done to his beloved Florida wilderness is all present in riotous abundance in his latest. It begins with attractive heiress Joey Perrone being tossed overboard from a cruise ship by her larcenous husband, Chaz-not for her money, which she has had the good sense to keep well away from him, but because he fears she is onto his crooked dealings with a ruthless tycoon who is poisoning the Everglades. But instead of drowning as she's supposed to, Joey stays afloat until she is rescued by moody ex-cop Mick Stranahan, a loner who has also struck out in the marriage department. Then the two together, with the unwitting aid of a suspicious cop who can't pin the attempted murder on Chaz, hatch a sadistic plot to scare that "maggot" out of what little wit he has. Even Tool, a hulking brute sent by the tycoon to keep an eye on Chaz, eventually turns against him, and much of the fun is in watching the deplorable Chaz flounder further and further in the murk, both literally and figuratively (Chaz's job, as the world's unlikeliest marine biologist, involves falsifying water pollution levels for the tycoon). Hiaasen's books are so enjoyable it's always a sad moment when they end. In this case, however, sadness is mixed with puzzlement because the book seems to end in mid-scene, with Chaz in trouble again-but is it terminal? We thought at first there were some pages missing, but Knopf says that was the ending Hiaasen intended. Odd. 300,000 first printing; author tour. Agent, Esther Newberg. (July 16) Forecast: Until that seemingly unresolved ending, this is vintage Hiaasen, with some wonderfully likable characters as well as his signature obnoxious heavies, and the plot is a delightful mixture of farce and suspense. The pop art jacket is striking, and sales should be as strong as always. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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