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Naked Came the Manatee

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  • Posted July 16, 2014

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    An extended gag as much as a book. Thirteen authors who have dis

    An extended gag as much as a book. Thirteen authors who have dished their share of Florida crime tales (including the top-billed Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard, Edna Buchanan, Paul Levine and James Hall) get together to write a chapter each of an increasingly bizarre tale involving a frozen head and a slate of characters so cracked they have to be Miami residents. Some familiar series protagonists show up, too, such as Buchanan's Britt Montero, Levine's Jake Lassiter and Les Standiford's John Deal.

    Each writer uses his/her signature style, which can lead to some whiplash-inducing transitions. Allowing Dave Barry to lead off was either brilliant or crazy; he saddled everyone with Booger, the titular manatee, and it's a hoot to see a tough guy like Deal come to terms with an aquatic mammal named Booger while keeping a straight face.

    It's fun, it's occasionally silly, and like Tim Dorsey's books, it's an antidote for all the palm-tree sturm und drang you've been soaking up. That it ultimately doesn't hang together all that well is almost beside the point. It's 201 pages of a gaggle of great writers laughing up their sleeves; c'mon, you want sense, too?

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Mystery with Old Florida Style

    I was interested in reading more stories from Florida by local Florida writers. This is one story (action/mystery) written by several different writers. The story line is good, but gets chopped up by having so many writers. The book does give a good flavor of Florida coastal living or old style Florida. The Manatee does seem to come alive in the book. Enjoyable reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2004


    This was an entertaining read but I don't think it was worth it's hefty price tag. I recommend looking for it at your local used book store. Hiaasen's contribution was the best, by far, of all the writers.

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