Sick Puppy

Sick Puppy

by Carl Hiaasen
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Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen

When Palmer Stoat notices the black pickup truck following him on the highway, he fears his precious Range Rover is about to be carjacked. But Twilly Spree, the man tailing Stoat, has vengeance, not sport-utility vehicles, on his mind. Idealistic, independently wealthy and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly has dedicated himself to saving Florida's wilderness from runaway destruction. He favors unambiguous political statements -- such as torching Jet-Skis or blowing up banks -- that leave his human targets shaken but re-educated.

After watching Stoat blithely dump a trail of fast-food litter out the window, Twilly decides to teach him a lesson. Thus, Stoat's prized Range Rover becomes home to a horde of hungry dung beetles. Which could have been the end to it had Twilly not discovered that Stoat is one of Florida's cockiest and most powerful political fixers, whose latest project is the "malling" of a pristine Gulf Coast island. Now the real Hiaasen-variety fun begins ...

Dognapping eco-terrorists, bogus big-time hunters, a Republicans-only hooker, an infamous ex-governor who's gone back to nature, thousands of singing toads and a Labrador retriever greater than the sum of his Labrador parts -- these are only some of the denizens of Carl Hiaasen's outrageously funny new novel.

Brilliantly twisted entertainment wrapped around a powerful ecological plea, Sick Puppy gleefully lives up to its title and gives us Hiaasen at his riotous and muckraking best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679454458
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/04/2000
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 341
Product dimensions: 6.71(w) x 9.66(h) x 1.35(d)

About the Author

Carl Hiaasen is an award-winning investigative journalist and columnist for the Miami Herald.  He lives in the Florida Keys.


Tavernier, Florida

Place of Birth:

South Florida


Emory University; B.A., University of Florida, 1974

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Sick Puppy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 154 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Carl Hiaasen and I am hooked. Living in Florida for 7 years and I can see where he gets his inspiration from!! One of the funniest authors out there!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like skinny dip. The characters are well developed. I had to laugh litterally out loud several times. Enjoyable at the very least!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sick Puppy is right up there with Skinny Dip in my opinion as one or two of this author's funniest books. But 'Sick' is truly twisted and witty. Not too many authors could handle this material and make it work. Great job, Carl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hysterically funny and just an all-out fun ride! I rarely read a book twice, but this one I've come back to again and again. Skink is my choice for our next president!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been plugging through Hiaasen's books the last few weeks and have to admit this is one of my favorites. The occasional first person dialogue of Boodle/McGuinn (the black labrador dog that is stolen) is classic and worth the read by itself. And then there is Skink who has been introduced in previous novels (Double Whammy, Native Tongue). I love the crazy old guy more and more with each adventure. Only Hiaasen's warp mind can think of a character such as Skink. LOL. I plan to read this book many more times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Carl Hiaasen I read and I was addicted. I made my husband read it as I knew he would love it, he did, and have read everything he has written since. I plan never to go to florida though and never to litter! Love Skink and can see a great movie in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was impressed! It was the first book I've read by this author but I will definitely go back for more! Interesting characters, entertaining plot, and a writing style that keeps you turning the pages. (I especially liked the Black Lab...) Great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Hiassens books. Loved them all, my personal favorite being Lucky You. He makes you see, feel and believe the characters and events in the books are real, and at the same time wondering how in the world they can be so outrageous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carl Hiaasen has written a very well crafted story about extreme people, left and right, Good and evil, and the and how it's hard to tell the difference sometimes.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I enjoy a funny book but didn't find anything funny here. Doubt I will buy more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why did you have to say dick medicaine on the sample dont you know thats bad?
Jill_R More than 1 year ago
The title character is a black labrador retriever, who eats some fake eyeballs from stuffed animals, gets sick and needs surgery to remove them. Then he's kidnapped by an eco-terrorist who cut the eyes out of the stuffed animals in the first place. The lab's owner is a lobbyist. The eco-terrorist is angry at the lobbyist for throwing trash out his car window. He's so angry that he also dumped a whole truckload of dung beetles on the lobbyist's luxury car. The eco-terrorist finds out the lobbyist is helping to put through development that will turn an unspoiled island into a condo community that will certainly disturb the island's ecosystem. Then the story gets crazy, full of wacky characters. The book's title could also apply to just about any of them. There's the eco-terrorist (independently wealthy thanks to a trust fund), the lobbyist (who also thinks he's a hotshot big game hunter), the lobbyist's wife (who takes off with the eco-terrorist), the governor of Florida (who's a former Toyota salesman), a former governor (who suddenly left office mid-term and now lives like a wild man in the Everglades), a developer (with a thing for Barbie), a biologist (who sold his appreciation for nature for some quick cash) and a hit man (who listens to 911 calls for amusement), among many others. The good guys in this story are crazy. The bad guys in this story are really bad and kind of twisted. The women in this story (and the black labrador) are the only characters who seem to have any sense. Carl Hiassen has a reputation for writing funny stories about Florida and its sometimes unbelievable people and events. He has written for the Miami Herald newspaper for a long time, so he's seen and heard his share of wild stories about Florida. Sick Puppy is very funny, but it opens your eyes to how corrupt politics works and the things that often happen behind the scenes in the name of progress. It also shows that sometimes people can go too far in the name of progress.
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Drewano More than 1 year ago
This is the second book from Carl Hiaasen (Bad Monkey) and while entertaining it felt a bit disjointed.  It started off and ended strong, but in the middle it seemed to lose focus a bit with all the intertwined stories.  Enjoyable slap stick comedy at times but at others times it just seemed like he was trying too hard to be outlandish just to be outlandish without adding a lot to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two pups a pup is a baby fury their names are Hope and Scout if you want to adopt them go to 'ethic' res 1 and talk to Bliss thank you and goodbye
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
-puts sally and jojo down so thet can play-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well we have a huge selection of pups but not the new lab
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Chases sallys tail
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Padded around
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Growls. ((You realize that im also rping willow, the real owner of this puppy? She is looking for him at borgias res two. He got lost. If you would so kindly return him, plz.))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yips plyfully up at raven her tail wagging furiously with the excitement of a new person
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