Skin Tight

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"Good, mean fun...A twisting, high-speed ride on a roller coaster without brakes."
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Somebody wants Mick Stranahan dead, and the list of possible players is long: the plastic surgeon with the extremely shaky hands, the sleazy lawyer who advertises, the TV host whose taste for sensationalism is exceeded only by his vanity, and the hit man whose skin problems could fill a comprehensive (if ...
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Overview

"Good, mean fun...A twisting, high-speed ride on a roller coaster without brakes."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Somebody wants Mick Stranahan dead, and the list of possible players is long: the plastic surgeon with the extremely shaky hands, the sleazy lawyer who advertises, the TV host whose taste for sensationalism is exceeded only by his vanity, and the hit man whose skin problems could fill a comprehensive (if bizarre) medical textbook.
The whole thing is downright harrowing. It's Hiaasen at his best. And his best is very, very good.
A Selection of the Literary Guild, the Doubleday Book Club and the Mystery Guild

Somebody wants Mick Stranahan dead. But who? Could it be the plastic surgeon with the shaky hands; the ambulance-chasing lawyer; the host of TV's "In Your Face?" The whole thing is downright harrowing. "A high-speed tale of murder cover-ups and gonzo revenge."--The Seattle Times

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Hiaasen's latest thriller is his funniest and sharpest novel to date. Set in a south Florida swarming with ripoff artists, crooked cops, nude sunbathers and corrupt politicians, it features a Mafia-connected plastic surgeon with butterfingers, a bitchy Hollywood starlet, a remarkably inept hit man and a pompous TV journalist `nationally famous for getting beaten up on camera,' '' said PW. Author tour. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446611510
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen is a syndicated columnist for The Miami Herald and the author of many bestselling novels, including Sick Puppy, Lucky You, Strip Tease, and Tourist Season. He is also the author of a previous collection of columns, Kick Ass.

Biography

When one thinks of the classics of pulp fiction, certain things -- gruff, amoral antiheroes, unflinching nihilism, and a certain melodramatic self-seriousness -- inevitably come to mind. However, the novels of Carl Hiaasen completely challenge these pulpy conventions. While the pulp of yesteryear seems forever chiseled in an almost quaint black and white world, Hiaasen's books vibrate with vivid color. They are veritable playgrounds for wild characters that flout clichés: a roadkill-eating ex-governor, a bouncer/assassin who takes care of business with a Weed Wacker, a failed alligator wrestler named Sammy Tigertail. Furthermore, Hiaasen infuses his absurdist stories with a powerful dose of social and political awareness, focusing on his home turf of South Florida with an unflinching keenness.

Hiaasen was born and raised in South Florida. During the 1970s, he got his start as a writer working for Cocoa Today as a public interest columnist. However, it was his gig as an investigative reporter for The Miami Herald that provided him with the fundamentals necessary for a career in fiction. "I'd always wanted to write books ever since I was a kid," Hiaasen told Barnes & Noble.com. "To me, the newspaper business was a way to learn about life and how things worked in the real world and how people spoke. You learn all the skills -- you learn to listen, you learn to take notes -- everything you use later as a novelist was valuable training in the newspaper world. But I always wanted to write novels."

Hiaasen made the transition from journalism to fiction in 1981 with the help of fellow reporter Bill Montalbano. Hiaasen and Montalbano drew upon all they had learned while covering the Miami beat in their debut novel Powder Burn, a sharp thriller about the legendary Miami cocaine trade, which the New York Times declared an "expertly plotted novel." The team followed up their debut with two more collaborative works before Hiaasen ventured out on his own with Tourist Season, an offbeat murder mystery that showcased the author's idiosyncratic sense of humor.

From then on, Hiaasen's sensibility has grown only more comically absurd and more socially pointed, with a particular emphasis on the environmental exploitation of his beloved home state. In addition to his irreverent and howlingly funny thrillers (Double Whammy, Sick Puppy, Nature Girl, etc), he has released collections of his newspaper columns (Kick Ass, Paradise Screwed) and penned children's books (Hoot, Flush). With his unique blend of comedy and righteousness ("I can't be funny without being angry."), the writer continues to view hallowed Florida institutions -- from tourism to real estate development -- with a decidedly jaundiced eye. As Kirkus Reviews has wryly observed, Hiassen depicts "...the Sunshine State as the weirdest place this side of Oz."

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Perhaps in keeping with his South Floridian mindset, Hiaasen keeps snakes as housepets. He says on his web site, "They're clean and quiet. You give them rodents and they give you pure, unconditional indifference."

Hiaasen is also a songwriter: He's co-written two songs, "Seminole Bingo" and "Rottweiler Blues", with Warren Zevon for the album Mutineer. In turn, Zevon recorded a song based on the lyrics Hiaasen had written for a dead rock star character in Basket Case.

In Hiaasen's novel Nature Girl, he gets the opportunity to deal with a long-held fantasy. "I'd always fantasized about tracking down one of these telemarketing creeps and turning the tables -- phoning his house every night at dinner, the way they hassle everybody else," he explains on his web site. "In the novel, my heroine takes it a whole step farther. She actually tricks the guy into signing up for a bogus ‘ecotour' in Florida, and then proceeds to teach him some manners. Or tries."

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    1. Hometown:
      Tavernier, Florida
    1. Education:
      Emory University; B.A., University of Florida, 1974

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Awesome

    The reviews sound terrible but it sounds very good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

    Skin Tight Does Not hit the Hiassen Mark

    Although I have read most of the books by Carl Hiassen, I felt that Skin Tight was not up to several others. I always compare the books to Skinny Dip which was my first read by Hiassen and still my favorite. Still there are moments when he describes a truly over the top moment and I just laugh out loud. He has that great talent of making the ridiculous
    really sublime.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    A reviewer

    Of the two Hiaasen books I've read so far, I rate this a slight notch below Stormy Weather. This book is still very funny and highly entertaining, but Stormy Weather brings the level of wackiness to even more extreme heights. For some reason, the character I found most memorable here is Chemo, the guy with the messed up face and somewhat of a penchant for violence. Mick Stranahan, as a man's man, is also a cool cat. The plastic surgery theme of the book is an appropriate backdrop for the wackiness and corruptive aspects of the story. Overall, a highly entertaining read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2006

    SKIN TIGHT IT'S NOT THE CLOTHES

    SECOND BOOK IN 2 WEEKS. ENJOYED MICK IN SKINY DIP, WAS THRILLED HE WAS ALREADY INTRODUCED IN THIS ROMP OF SHADY, ECCENTRIC, BAND OF LUNEY TUNE MISFITS. MICK REMINDS ME OF MAGNUM, PI. HE JUST WANTS TO LIVE LIFE IN A CALM, LAIDBACK RETREAT, WITH NO VISITORS FROM SOUTH FLORIDA, KEEP READING TILL THE END.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2004

    I Don't Even Like To Read

    Hey Everyone, I'm one of those people who doesn't like to read, period. I don't read directions, I don't read maps, and I probably wouldn't read the instructions on a fire extiguisher if my butt was on fire... but I always read Hiaason. Something about the way this man writes keeps me turning the pages. I've read just about all of Mr. Hiaason's books. Its about the only thing my father and I see eye to eye on. Skin tight was the first book of Hiaason's I read. After reading this book Hiaason became a must read. Every time I go into a book store I find myself looking for anything of his I haven't read. You don't know me from Steve, but take a little advice. Read the first chapter of any book this man has writen and you will see what I'm talking about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2001

    Twisted and Funny

    Hiaasen has done it again! He has given us a book that has more twists and turns than a mountain road. I'll never look at a weed whacker the same way again. This book features characters with more issues than the New York Times. Entertainment at it's best! Jerry Springer, eat your heart out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Jacen

    Grab your hand looking at it. Slowly slide your fingers in my mouth one at a time, tasting you.... You taste wonderful baby. I wanna run my tongue over every inch of you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Don't bother

    Disturbingly graphic about plastic surgery, morose, very little going for it. Read Skinny Dip by same author it is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2012

    Carl Hiaasen is the best!

    I have read every Carl Hiassen book I could find. His stories are well written with a truckload of interesting characters and a great sense of humor. My favorite!

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    Highly checked - you must recommend it.

    This is a book with a picture of a bent fish on its blue cover with yellow title. If you like books by guys named Carl you will probably like this one. Once you have read it, you will set it aside and read a different book. Carl will be pleased if you buy the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Words do not show my exitment

    Love this authur. I want to read thi one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

    Hiaasen is very good.

    This keeps you reading and is very funny.

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