“If you could use some wild escapism right now, Hiaasen is your guy.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
From the author of Skinny Dip and Razor Girl, a hilarious, New York Times best-selling novel of social and political intrigues, set against the glittering backdrop of Florida’s gold coast.
It's the height of the Palm Beach charity ball season: for every disease or cause, there's a reason for the local luminaries to eat (minimally), drink (maximally), and be seen. But when a prominent high-society dowager suddenly vanishes during a swank gala, and is later found dead in a concrete grave, panic and chaos erupt. Kiki Pew was notable not just for her wealth and her jewels--she was an ardent fan of the Winter White House resident just down the road, and a founding member of the POTUSSIES, a group of women dedicated to supporting their President. Never one to miss an opportunity to play to his base, the President immediately declares that Kiki was the victim of rampaging immigrant hordes. This, it turns out, is far from the truth.
The truth might just lie in the middle of the highway, where a bizarre discovery brings the First Lady's motorcade to a grinding halt (followed by some grinding between the First Lady and a love-struck Secret Service agent). Enter Angie Armstrong, wildlife wrangler extraordinaire, who arrives at her own conclusions after she is summoned to the posh island to deal with a mysterious and impolite influx of huge, hungry pythons . . .
Carl Hiaasen can brighten even the darkest of days and Squeeze Me is pure, unadulterated Hiaasen. Irreverent, ingenious, and highly entertaining, Squeeze Me perfectly captures the absurdity of our times.
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Looking for a smart, juicy crime thriller that also makes you laugh out loud? That would be best-selling author Carl Hiaasen’s latest romp, which is set in wealthy Palm Beach and features a giant Burmese python who may or may have not swallowed a popular Republican socialite during a charity gala. The book’s heroine, Angie Armstrong, is a wild-animal wrangler and the one person in town who seems to be able to connect the dots between Hiaasen’s corrupt cast, which includes high-society types, lowlifes, government officials—and a philandering, comically narcissistic president and his disgusted wife. All of these unsavory characters are implicated in a series of related crimes and misdemeanors. As Angie uncovers a bumbling web of evil and skulduggery, Hiaasen keeps us chuckling with glee.
At the start of this heavy-handed satire from bestseller Hiaasen (Razor Girl), wealthy 72-year-old Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons, a member of the POTUS Pussies, "a group of Palm Beach women who proclaimed brassy loyalty to the new, crude-spoken commander-in-chief," disappears from a charity event for the local chapter of a foundation "committed to defeating Irritable Bowel Syndrome." Kiki Pew's fate isn't a mystery for long. The event manager calls in animal capture specialist Angie Armstrong after a large python with a distended belly is found in a tree on the grounds. After beheading the snake, Angie stores the carcass without checking what's inside the reptile. Crooks soon steal the dead python, from which they remove Kiki Pew's body and bury it in cement. The Secret Service becomes involved after the thieves fail to secure the python's body in the trunk of their car, and it falls into the path of a vehicle transporting the first lady. The unnamed American president, meanwhile, is a clueless idiot, enabled in his ignorance by his staff. Hiaasen doesn't put subtlety at a premium. Those looking for light distraction from current events may be amused.
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Great as always
I’ve read every one of Mr Hiaasen’s books. Even read the children’s books to my kids. This one is another great read. I guess the nay sayers that are leaving negative comments are Right wing Trumpers that don’t like to hear anything Left leaning. I think he’s funny no matter your politics. I highly recommend!
A fun read,
Timely and great easy read during a pandemic!