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When a ferocious hurricane rips through southern Florida, the con artists and carpetbaggers waste no time in swarming over the disaster area. Caught in the middle are Max and Bonnie Lamb, newlyweds torn in wildly different directions by the storm. It is Max's fateful decision to abort their Disney World honeymoon and race to Dade County to see the terrible devastation. Armed with a video camera, the ambitious young advertising executive can't wait to show his hurricane tapes to his buddies back in New York. Over ...
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Overview

When a ferocious hurricane rips through southern Florida, the con artists and carpetbaggers waste no time in swarming over the disaster area. Caught in the middle are Max and Bonnie Lamb, newlyweds torn in wildly different directions by the storm. It is Max's fateful decision to abort their Disney World honeymoon and race to Dade County to see the terrible devastation. Armed with a video camera, the ambitious young advertising executive can't wait to show his hurricane tapes to his buddies back in New York. Over Bonnie's objections, Max eagerly sets out through the rubble, debris and mayhem - and promptly vanishes. The only clue to his whereabouts: a runaway monkey. The only person who can help Bonnie's search: a mysterious young man with a tranquilizer gun and a roomful of human skulls.

When a ferocious hurricane rips through southern Florida, the con artists and carpetbaggers waste no time in swarming over the disaster area. 2 cassettes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.)
Library Journal
Take one devastating Florida hurricane, a New York couple on their honeymoon, a skull-juggling but sensitive guy, one former governor turned Everglades hermit, two small-time con artists, a corrupt building inspector, two state troopers, a hapless insurance agent, and what do you have? The recipe for Hiaasen's (Native Tongue, LJ 9/1/91) sixth novel, a delightful romp that is by turns hilarious and moving. These strange characters maneuver through a broken landscape as if born to it, and the author's control of both style and narrative keeps the novel from slipping into silliness. The crimes plotted are minor aspects of a fiction that explores the intersection of the grotesque and the human. Buy wherever good fiction is read. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/95.]-A.J. Wright, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham
Bill Ott
If you share Carl Hiaasen's view of southern Florida as a "culture in terminal moral hemorrhage," then it's hard not to see a hurricane as a form of biblical revenge--nature taking a little of its own back from the neon jungle. The problem, however, as Hiaasen shows us in his latest novel, set in the days immediately following Hurricane Andrew, is that Florida's mutant forms of human sleaze have the survival instincts of cockroaches. Like carpetbaggers descending on the postCivil War South, the con artists, looters, and thrill seekers who emerge in Andrew's aftermath bring a new and virulent form of pestilence to an already ravaged landscape. Hiaasen follows the activities of a typically bizarre group of hurricane scammers: a can-do girl who, frustrated in her attempts to sleep with a Kennedy, hopes to perpetrate an insurance scam; her deformed, ex-con partner, the archetypal loose cannon; a Madison Avenue advertising executive intent on videotaping the carnage to amuse the guys back at the office; and a crooked building examiner who approved many of the substandard houses that Andrew summarily blew away. Swirling around this dangerous though hysterically inept bunch is the enigmatic Skink, ex-governor turned hermit and avenging angel. Committed to a radical "pest control" plan, Skink, who has surfaced in previous Hiaasen adventures, drives the action with a deranged yet altruistic frenzy. Combining slapstick nightmare, black comedy, and moral outrage in just the right proportions, Hiaasen's surrealistic vision of Florida on the brink of Armageddon bears comparison to Nathanael West's Hollywood and Malcolm Lowry's Mexico.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446603423
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 147,840
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Hiaasen
Carl Hiaasen
In his thrilling and hilarious mysteries, Carl Hiaasen does for the Florida Coast what Raymond Chandler did for L.A., embracing it in all its steamy surrealness, and elevating it to a kind of iconographic literary landscape.

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."

Good To Know

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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  • Posted April 4, 2010

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    Wacky trip into a post-hurricane Florida

    I had heard a lot about Carl Hiaasen, especially from some friends whose taste in books I trust, and so on their suggestion, I picked up Stormy Weather. Because his books are shelved in the mystery section of most bookstores I visit, I expected this one to read like a mystery. Instead it seemed more of a combination satire, slice of life, and environmental commentary. Even so, or perhaps precisely because of these things, I enjoyed the book enormously. Hiaasen's writing is clever and deft, full of a vivid eccentricity of people and place that effortlessly drew me in. I look forward to reading more of his work.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2006

    Funny read

    At first I was a little hesitant with this book, but it proved me wrong. My first Carl Hiassen book was skinny dip and I was totally addicted. The same happened with this book. The characters are just so unique...especially Skink. You get so into the story that you never want to put it down no matter how much your eyes hurt...

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Hiaasen rocks!!!

    What can I say - typical Carl Hiaasen. Quirky characters, convoluted plot, strange situations... another great read. Hiaasen is one of those writers that you either enjoy and have fun reading, or you find too weird to waste your time on. I fall into the first group and found myself smiling during the whole book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Stormy Weather

    For me, Carl Hiaasen is a hit or miss. I either read him compulsively or get bored and can't finish. This is my favorite of his novels. It just struck my funnybone; whether it was the idiot husband wanting to stormchase or the politician on the skids, I literally laughed until tears were streaming down my cheeks. A ridiculous and delightful blend of wackadoo characters and situations. Your mileage may vary.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Horrible book can't wait to finish it..if it gets any worse I mi

    Horrible book can't wait to finish it..if it gets any worse I might not finish it. To many characters to keep track off and a silly plot. Hope the next book I read by him is better.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Rainsky

    Can I br medi cat?

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Sweetstar

    Hi herbheart. Be prepared for injuries cuz we r leading a patrol against foxes

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    HEY!

    I came to the review page to find out more about this book, but all I can find is stuff about your imagionary clan. PLEASE, keep the clan stuff to the Warrior Cat Books. This is just too far. Its obnoxious!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2007

    Good but not his best

    I've pretty much read all of Hiassen's books and thought this was one pretty good but not his best. I actually think he just had slightly too many characters in this story with their own separate storylines that kind of interrupted the flow of the story. Hiaasen though is an incredible storyteller with a unique and twisted sense of humor and I am looking forward to future stories from him.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2000

    Hiaasen's Very Best

    Can't recomend this book highly enough! Laugh out loud funny.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Thunderheart to the kit

    Do u want to b my kit

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    Posted February 5, 2014

    Thornshadow

    Result 5...

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    Posted January 29, 2014

    Can i join

    Foxleap

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    Posted February 2, 2014

    Waterfang

    Woopdedoo. Guess what? Intruder!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Icestar

    I was woundering. She used to h.a.t.e. my guts. Lol. I was just trying to get back in touch. I heard there was an accident. Is she ok?

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    Posted January 27, 2014

    Ummmm

    Where is main camp?

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    Posted January 29, 2014

    Oakkit

    He crouched down, and payfully tackled Lynxkit

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    Posted January 28, 2014

    Lilywave

    She pads around

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    Posted January 30, 2014

    Flamekit

    I should have been apprenticed with my litter mate lynxpaw

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