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Stormy Weather

By Carl Hiaasen

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Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Published In: United States, 01 August 1996
A hilarious new novel of greed and corruption from the bestselling author of Strip Tease. The story focuses on southern Florida at the height of the tourist season, when a ferocious hurricane hits--luring con artists, carpetbaggers, and would-be saviours like hyenas to the lion's kill. "Hiaasen (hilself is a one-man force of nature".--Variety. Major advertising, including key city radio and print ads in The New York Times Book Review and Miami Herald.

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Après Strip Tease (LJ 8/93), le déluge. Hiaasen returns to familiar ground-southern Florida-in this account of the schemers who spring up in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane.

Hiaasen's latest madcap romp across southern Florida presents an apocalyptic panorama of the region in the wake of a storm much like Hurricane Andrew. Transforming a suburban sprawl into a lawless frontier, the hurricane puts on a collision course a demented cast of tourists, scam artists and eccentrics: New York ad exec Max Lamb, who decides to spice up his Orlando honeymoon by taking his bride and his camcorder into the teeth of the storm; Skink, the swamp-dwelling former Florida governor (last seen in Native Tongue) who kidnaps Max in an effort to teach him to respect the land; Edie March, a seductive grifter who hatches a half-baked personal-injury scam with the help of Snapper, a sadistic ex-con; and Augustine, the altruistic son of a jailed drug smuggler, who juggles skulls to relax. Also mobilized are a mob enforcer with a penchant for crucifixions, a voodoo-practicing building inspector and a number of menacing escaped animals. In his sixth novel, less a straightforward thriller than a sprawling slice of life, Hiaasen dexterously resolves his many subplots, uniting the principals in a climactic chase across the swampland‘while adding sting to his perpetual theme: the unrelenting depredation of Florida's cultural and natural heritage. 200,000 first printing. (Aug.)

EAN: 9780446603423
ISBN: 0446603422
Publisher: Warner Books (NY)
Dimensions: 17.14 x 10.52 x 2.24 centimetres (0.16 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Hugh on
 
Carl Hiaasen's wonderful (and bitingly satirical) take on the harsh aftermath of a hurricane in Florida. As usual, Story Weather contains a crazy cast of characters, from newly-wed honeymooners to looters attempting to make score a buck from the devastation. Whilst very funny, this book has is deeply satirical, and very enjoyable. No-one does characters like Hiaasen does.
Andrew on
 
I loved this book, as always Hiaasen's obvious anger at the injustices mankind perpetrates on nature and on themselves. While Hiaasen's heros are always compelling its his writing of the villains (in the story a man with a giant misaligned jaw named "Snapper") that really takes his writing to a higher level. I highly recommend this book to anyone although you may end the novel angry at the things we do to each toher and tot he world around us.

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