Wednesday, August 11, 2004

I think I've read most (if not all) of Carl Hiaasen's books. He definitely has a set formula that he sticks to in most of them, but even after 10 books that formula still serves him well. In Skinny Dip, his latest, there are the usual outlandish bad guys, cartoonish thugs, refreshingly intelligent women, and the loner hero(s). The mix of humor and action is just right and we even get some recurring characters popping in. I think what I like so much about Hiaasen's books, formulaic as they may be, is the strong current of righteous anger that runs through them - anger at the greediness of the powerful individuals and corporations that deliberately destroy the environment and that wield so much power in the government. His writing exposes this greed and destruction and in it he is able to give them the outcome they deserve. That, and they're funny as hell.

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