When eco-enthusiast Twilly Spree spots someone in a Range Rover dumping litter onto the freeway, he decides to teach him a lesson - only to discover that his target is Palmer Stoat, one of Florida's cockiest and most powerful political fixers, whose current project just happens to be the 'malling' of a Gulf Coast Island ...A quick spot of ...Read MoreWhen eco-enthusiast Twilly Spree spots someone in a Range Rover dumping litter onto the freeway, he decides to teach him a lesson - only to discover that his target is Palmer Stoat, one of Florida's cockiest and most powerful political fixers, whose current project just happens to be the 'malling' of a Gulf Coast Island ...A quick spot of dognapping later and the pathologically short-tempered Twilly finds himself embroiled in a murky world of singing toads, bogus big-game hunters, large vet bills and in the company of an infamous ex-governer who's gone back to nature with a vengeance. With SICK PUPPY, Carl Hiaasen unleashes another outrageously funny tale that gleefully lives up to its title and proves yet again that Hiaasen is master of the satirical thriller. 'The funniest crime novelist to put pen to paper' - Evening Standard 'A story that'll make you roar with laughter' - Mirror 'Arguably his best novel yet' - Heat 'A refreshing, exhilarating read' - Observer 'Savage and very funny' - Sunday Telegraph'Hiaasen is untouchable' - The TimesRead Less
Carl Hiaasen uses his novels to make political statements. In this book, the topic is preservation of Florida?s undeveloped lands. The main character, Twilly Spree, has become a crusader against those who would destroy the natural landscape for profit. Corrupt politicians and devious lobbyists get their ?just desserts? in a sometimes long-winded, round-about attempt to ?re-educate? the misguided developers. If you enjoy Hiaasen?s quirky sense of humor you will find this book fun to read.
Apr 10, 2007
Dark Comedy About Protecting the Environment
This is a great book that I bought a few years ago by recommendation of the BOMC (but then, what book DON'T they recommend?!). It sounded like it would be fun to read - and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The story involves a guy, a girl, a dog and some really oblivious litter bugs. The dog may be the most sane of the lot. I recently re-read the book after recommending it to a friend, and found that I enjoyed the second read as much as the first. Very dark, with very adult humor, but a great book with no deep meaning, just a lot of laughs at the outrageousness of extreme human behavior.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-11-08 Florida muckraker Hiaasen once again produces a devilishly funny caper revolving around the environmental exploitation of his home state by greedy developers. When budding young ecoterrorist Twilly Spree begins a campaign of sabotage against a grotesque litterbug named Palmer Stoat, he gets much more than he bargained for. Stoat is a political fixer, involved with a bevy of shady types: Dick Artemus, ex-car salesman, now governor; Robert Clapley, a crooked land developer with an unhealthy interest in Barbie dolls; and his business expediter, Mr. Gash, a permed reptilian thug with ghastly musical tastes: "All morning he drove back and forth across the old bridge, with his favorite 911 compilation in the tape deck: Snipers in the Workplace, accompanied by an overdub of Tchaikowsky's Symphony No. 3 in D Major." After a wave of preemptive strikes centered on a garbage truck and a swarm of dung beetles, Twilly ups the ante and kidnaps both Palmer's dog and his wife, Desie, who finds Twilly a great deal more interesting than her slob of a husband. In doing so Twilly uncovers a conspiracy (well, more like business as usual) to jam a bill through the Florida legislature to develop Toad Island, a wildlife sanctuary, in a deal that will make a mint for all the politicos concerned. Chapley wants Twilly silenced and dispatches Mr. Gash. Palmer wants his wife and dog back and asks Dick Artemus to help in the rescue without derailing the bill. Who should be called upon but the good cop/bad psycho duo of Trooper Jim Tile and ex-Governor Clinton Tyree, aka Skink or the Captain, whose recurring appearances throughout Hiaasen's novels have made for hysterical farce. While there may be nothing laughable about unchecked environmental exploitation, Hiaasen has refined his knack for using this gloomy but persistent state of affairs as a prime mover for scams of all sorts. In Sick Puppy, he shows himself to be a comic writer at the peak of his powers. 200,000 first printing; first serial to Men's Journal; Literary Guild alternate; simultaneous audiobook. (Jan.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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