When we went on vacation 2 weeks ago we had a 5 hour drive to get to the beach. I needed to find a book that Chris, Mom and I would all like.
We have really different tastes. I like mysteries and thrillers. Chris hates them. Chris likes fantasy and I hate those. Mom doesn't read a lot so I didn't really know what she would like.
I decided on humor and picked Stormy Weather by Carl Hiaason. I've ready several of his books and they alway make me laugh. This one worked for Mom and Chris too.
Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author, has earned a reputation for perceptive, sharp-edged suspense that also cuts to the bone of environmental issues. His novels have been translated into many languages and are touted worldwide for their quirky characters and surreal adventures set in the ravaged cultural wasteland of southern Florida.
Stormy Weather centers on the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The devastation of the storm has attracted crowds of voyeurs and impostors to Florida. Drawn by the chance to prey on Andrew's victims, misfits like the murderous ex-con Snapper and the dangerously seductive Edie find easy targets for their insurance scams. They're not prepared, though, when they meet their opposition, led by a hoary ex-governor who smokes toads.
Both hilariously funny and deadly accurate, Carl Hiaasen's novel will take you into a Florida that is far from the frilly palms and pink flamingos of its post cards. Strap on your seatbelt. Stormy Weather is an unforgettable, turbulent ride.
I've ready several Hiaason books and I love all of his books. You know I'm reading one of his books when you hear me laughing randomly while I'm walking through the hose with my headphones in.
I love his characters, especially the ex-Governor, Skink and the situations that he places them in. They are all absurd but still just barely sane enough that you might know someone like them. George Wilson does a masterful job with the voices of the characters. How he narrates without cracking up is something I'll never understand.
If you are looking for a good laugh and don't mind a bit of crudeness, you might love these books. Chris and I are planning to listen to another on our next road trip. Mom liked it so much that she bought another of his books (Skinny Dip) while we at the beach and finished it before we came home.