Tourist Season

Tourist Season

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by Carl Hiaasen
     
 

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The only trace of the first victim was his Shriner's fez washed up on the Miami Beach. The second victim, the head of the city's chamber of commerce, was found dead with a toy alligator lodged in his throat. And that was just the beginning ...

Now Brian Keyes, reporter turned private eye, must move from muckraking to rooting out murder ... in a caper that will mix

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The only trace of the first victim was his Shriner's fez washed up on the Miami Beach. The second victim, the head of the city's chamber of commerce, was found dead with a toy alligator lodged in his throat. And that was just the beginning ...

Now Brian Keyes, reporter turned private eye, must move from muckraking to rooting out murder ... in a caper that will mix football players, politicians, and police with a group of anti-development fanatics and a very, hungry crocodile.

Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, and Native Tongue, by Carl Hiaasen, are also available from Random House AudioBooks. Skin Tight is available as a Random House Price-Less Audio.

Edward Asner won five Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Lou Grant — first on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and then on Lou Grant. He has garnered much acclaim for his many television, theatrical, and film performances. He has previously read Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, and Skin Tight, all by Carl Hiaasen, for Random House AudioBooks.

Tourist Season Warner is available in paperback from Warner Books.

Editorial Reviews

Tony Hillerman
''Tourist Season'' is a lively story of a conspiracy intended to save Florida for the future by terrorizing tourists and thereby collapsing its superhyped condominium economy. . . . Mr. Hiaasen leaves you grinning a lot. . . Reading Carl Hiaasen is fun. Behind the fun is a sophisticated morality story that leaves you to decide exactly who the bad guy was.
— The New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When the president of the Miami Chamber of Commerce is found dead inside a suitcase with his legs sawn off and a rubber alligator stuffed down his throat, news and police locals prefer to believe it's simply another typical South Florida crime. But when letters from a terrorist group, Las Noches de Diciembre, link the man's death to the disappearances of a visiting Shriner and a Canadian tourist, former newsman (now private eye) Brian Keyes intuits that someone is out to kill Florida's tourist trade. His investigation leads him to an old journalism crony obsessed with fury against the state's irresponsible development policies. Miami Herald columnist Hiaasen writes with a seriousness of intent and knack for characterization which, unfortunately, outstrip his comic talents. This is an auspicious solo debut for the serious Hiaasen (he has written three thrillers with William Montalbano), but a lukewarm one for him as a potential comic-absurdist. (March 24p

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446343459
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/1987
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
102,974
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 10.92(h) x 1.04(d)

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Tourist Season 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
JudithMoMo More than 1 year ago
shame on me, I've lived in Florida for 30 years now and this is the first Hiaasen book I have read, it will NOT be my last. super enjoyable. any time you think this is outrageous or over the top, know from someone who lives here that every character rang true. Not one false note. Lots of laughing out loud. THANK YOU 
JimJAG48 More than 1 year ago
When searching for early Carl Hiaasen novels, I noticed that his earlier publications were co-authored. Tourist Season seemed to be his first solo effort. The first couple of chapters were a little disjointed, but it didn't take time for Mr. Hiaasen to find his stride. It reminded me of early Janet Evanovich. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading another of his early novels, until I work my way to his more current works.
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
My first Hiassen novel and I will read more of his work. This one was a decent first effort, but was not as strong as the works of others. The book starts out a little jumbled and several characters seem to be introduced too quickly. For the majority of the book, the story moves quickly, has several twists and holds one's interest. By the end, however, we're back to a slower pace, bogging down in places and offering a less than satisfactory conclusion. It is a good book, but not at all great!
SusyBeast More than 1 year ago
As per usual, Hiaasen gives a funny and enjoyable read!
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6/20/13 Was incredibly funny at times, then just downright violent at others. Towards the middle it just became repititous.
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pod49 More than 1 year ago
Frankly I was bored with this novel for the first four chapters. Eventually I started to understand the story line and it became a can't put down type of novel. The main idea of the novel is that tourists and those who go from tourist to homeowners can inspire real estate people to wreck havoc on the environment as they try to make a fast buck. The villians in this novel are basically people who want to protect nature from those who want to destroy it. Their solutions, are what makes this an interesting book. Who are the real villians in this story might make you expend some extra brain power, but it is worth the effort.
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SyracuseOrangeman311 More than 1 year ago
I've become a fan of Hiassen and this is the 4th book I read by him. It wasn't my favorite, but still a good read overall. If you like this, I recommend his other works.
crucenreader More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Carl's for a long time and I have read most of his books. For fast easy fun reading he is, in my opinion, the best. The plots were always imaginative if not always plausible. In addition, there never was calousness or cruelty except maybe towards a really bad guy who richly deserved it. This book, which apparently was written early in his career, has a plot requiring incomphensible behavior by the characters and contains mindless cruety to innocent people and animals. I suppose every author has a bad book or two in him so let us hope this is Carl's only one.
Bobby89 More than 1 year ago
When reading the other reviews the word DARK and FUNNY were used many times. That describes this book. I really do not like to read DARK Humor and so I can't recommend the book to everyone. If you do like something along those lines this book would meet your needs. Just like a previous review this would be a good book for those who want to get to know the characters. This would be the book to read first. I am a huge fan of Robert Parker's Spencer Series. This book did not thrill me as much as the Spencer Series.