Why this book?
Hiaasen superbly blends the Old South with the uniqueness that is Florida, where swamps and shacks meet millionaires’ ranches and beach-front mansions. When it comes to crime, Florida tops the nation with its own brand of wacky, making Hiaasen’s crazy plots and zany stories believable. Skinny Dip is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read, and I feel the best example of Hiaasen’s work. His books don’t just make me snort, they create a literal blow-out of laughter. The humor is so irreverent and tongue-in-cheek naughty that I picture Hiaasen smirking while writing these comic thrillers. His characters are goofy and bizarre. Sometimes his antagonists make my skin crawl. His sleuths are scheming hot messes. Personally, I love a hot mess hero.