Strip Tease

Strip Tease

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by Carl Hiaasen
     
 

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Congressman David Dilbeck has a bad problem. "I should never," he says, "be around naked women." And late one night, at a gaudy Fort Lauderdale strip joint, Dilbeck loses control. He leaps onto the stage with the performers and proceeds to demonstrate his affections in a most unconventional way. The congressman barely escapes the scene, but not before being

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Congressman David Dilbeck has a bad problem. "I should never," he says, "be around naked women." And late one night, at a gaudy Fort Lauderdale strip joint, Dilbeck loses control. He leaps onto the stage with the performers and proceeds to demonstrate his affections in a most unconventional way. The congressman barely escapes the scene, but not before being recognized by an odd little customer known as Mr. Peepers - an unlikely blackmailer, but (it turns out) a cunning one. From the staid corridors of Congress to the sweltering cane fields of Lake Okeechobee, from a topless wrestling pit to a sunken Guatemalan banana boat, STRIP TEASE is a maniacally inventive and suspenseful tale that resonates with the furious intelligence, merciless characterization and savage good humor that we've come to expect from Carl Hiaasen.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Inventive blackmail schemes, grisly murders, power politics, greed, revenge and sex all figure in Hiaasen's ( Native Tongue ) latest comic crime novel. At the Eager Beaver, a topless bar in Fort Lauderdale, former FBI clerk Erin Grant dances nightly to pay for legal fees in her custody fight for her young daughter. There David Dilbeck, a poorly disguised, somewhat kinky and imbecilic U.S. Congressman owned by the state's sugar interests, is recognized by a sharp-eyed regular who, infatuated with Erin, initiates a blackmail plan meant to influence her court case. The resulting mayhem, occuring in an election year, involves machinations up to the highest state level, most of which are orchestrated by Dilbeck's arrogant, sleazy lawyer, and leads to an escalating body count that ends in a frenzied revenge caper arranged by the resourceful Erin deep in some sugarcane fields. Dead-on dialogue (``My boots are full of Vaseline,'' says Dilbeck one night, his only other clothing a black cowboy hat) and clearly limned characters from society's fringes--notably the taciturn, inventive Eager Beaver bouncer; a Cuban cop who works the case off hours; Erin's psychopathic ex, and his sister who raises hybrid wolves outside her double-wide trailer--round out this somewhat coincidence-ridden but consistently entertaining, warm-blooded tale. 60,000 first printing; Literary Guild alternate; author tour. (Aug.)
Donald E. Westlake
Hilarious....Your sides hurt after a while, just from reading. This novel could be dangerous to your ribs....Erin Grant, a real-honest-to-God human being, an appealing young woman, and Strip Tease are winners.
— The New York Times Book Review
Gene Lyons
Gonzo Florida fiction at its finest....Hilarious, wickedly satirical, cleverly plotted....Delivers home truths and gleeful laughs on every page. -- Entertainment Weekly
Bigby Biehl
Vivid...a fast-moving tale of lust, blackmail, political corruption, and murder...More effective than newspaper headlines -- more fun, too. -- Playboy
Kirkus Reviews
It's a wonder Florida hasn't yet banished Hiaasen (Native Tongue, etc.). Here's the Miami Herald reporter's fifth comic thriller—a marvelous madcap yarn pitting a stripper vs. a congressman—depicting the Sunshine State as the weirdest place this side of Oz. And the most venal as well: Hiaasen's satire is more barbed than ever here, pricking at Florida's apparently corrupt sugar industry. The typically bizarre action begins at Fort Lauderdale's Eager Beaver club, where a drunk fan is pawing star stripper Erin Grant. Out of the audience rushes an old gent who clubs the mauler with a bottle of Korbel. No big deal—except that the white knight is Congressman David Dilbeck, toady to sugar interests and up for reelection. Two men try to blackmail Dilbeck: one, a lovestruck fan of Erin's, wants the congressman to help reverse the judicial decision that granted custody of Erin's daughter to her psycho husband, Darrell; the other, a sleazy lawyer, wants money. Both wind up dead, victims of the sugar-growers' long and homicidal arm. Meanwhile, warfare erupts between the Eager Beaver and the rival Flesh Farm, and not even the Beaver's new attraction—patrons wrestling strippers in a vat of creamed corn—can stem the tide of customers to the Farm and it's "friction" dancing. In any case, Erin won't do corn, so—desperate for money to run away with her daughter, whom she's snatched from Darrell—she turns to dancing privately for the slobbering congressman. But now Darrell's hot on her trail, rusty knife in hand, and it takes all of Erin's wiles, plus some help from a kindly Cuban cop and the Eager Beaver's bald giant of a bouncer, to keep Darrell off her backand Dilbeck out of her pants—and bring justice to the sugar industry as well. Prime Hiaasen, and with a new edge: sexier, more violent, more political, but just as funny. (First printing of 60,000)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446600668
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
07/28/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
127,838
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.12(d)

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Strip Tease 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
KsDave More than 1 year ago
Hope to find more of this author. The book takes place in Florida and has very quirky and unusual characters. Great plot and holds your interest throughout. I think I read this one several years ago but then decided that I didn't. Very enjoyable! Pure escape stuff,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second of Carl Hiaasen's novels I have read and have thoroughly enjoyed them both. His offbeat characters and plot twists always keep you wondering what will happen next. Great summer vacation read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book reveiw not a chat room stop talking and make some reveiws plz and lexi its just nasty to ask to have sexon a book reveiw site any ways the bookwas great i total recomend it
SusyBeast More than 1 year ago
What can I say? Another "good 'un" from Hiaasen. Fun, crazy, adventurous journey!
Postrain More than 1 year ago
I love these stories and wish Carl HIassen would write more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
are good metaphors for this book if by 'stripping' you mean sex and violence and 'teasing' you mean satire and Mr. Hiaasen's legendary caustic political wit. This just may be Hiaasen's very best novel. The pacing is nice and zippy. Its story line has all the elements in the right degree: I mentioned the humor and the savagery, and the characters are priceless, including a bouncer who 'has a high threshold' and inhales cigar smoke when he lights up, thinking that everyone else does. To an unusual degree with this frequently cynical author, the guilty suffer and the good are rewarded, though sometimes in unorthodox ways. I do agree with a previous critic who found the lady stripper too good to be true. If you can spell, turn on a computer, keep your temper and look good in pumps, a legal secretary earns just as much money, has the drop on the best day-care centers and is about eleventy-seven times more likely to get home in one piece. I just have to forgive Hiaasen his title character's chosen profession; as the folks in the English departments do, write it off as a 'convention of the genre,' which is academese for 'make believe it's so or else there ain't no story.' As a veteran reporter, Hiaasen knows where to look for sacred cows in the (shall we put it nicely?) somewhat ungenlemanly environs of Florida's political scene. In fact, if Congress ever takes meaningful action to reduce or eliminate the federal 'giveaway' sugar price-support subsidies to the big growers, the best-informed average citizens outside of the Sunshine State will undoubtedly be Hiaasen fans who read this book. Mr. H. says that the Latino-American sugar barons portrayed in this book are just a figment of his warped imagination. Well, his imagination may be warped, but it tickles me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 'Strip Tease,' the characters are, for the most part, either good people in unfortunate situations, or bad people in fortunate ones. The main character, while appealing and feisty, is still somewhat of a cliché--the whore with a heart of gold--only she's not a whore, she's a stripper, and she's her own stripper too, refusing to do table or lap dances. And, if that weren't enough, she's doing this all to pay lawyer's fees to regain custody of her daughter. Here she is, a former FBI assistant, smarter than anyone around her, she can type 70 words a minute, and only this job will pay the attorney? This is a job that will probably pay her lawyers fee¿s fairly quick, but that isn't likely to win many points in future custody battles. this makes for a fun novel, with the easy target of a sleazy strip joint, a violent (but good-hearted) bouncer, and mostly infatuated customers, but not a very possible one.

Readers will be pleased with the plethora of variety found in this book. The author takes us to a place of corruption, greed and murder. When he describes something, he really takes the time to explain things thoroughly from every angle and make it so the reader will understand whatever he is talking about. An example is when he talks about how the Eager Beaver is rivals with the club down the street. The owner of the Eager Beaver devises an ingenious plan to take them out. He has his bouncer, Shad, go to a rat farm and purchase a barrel full. He then tells him to go and release them in the Ling¿s club. He does and it ruins them. As Shad does this we can picture him doing it in greusome detail. For readers this adds to enjoiment of the book.

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I dont understand why people write a name and a super short thing. Its confusing.
MontanaRB More than 1 year ago
A good read and an easy/fast read.
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I stand naked in the shower hot water running down my body
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Rides you like cow girl
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