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Tourist Season [Mass Market Paperback]

Carl Hiaasen
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Feb. 1 1987
The only trace of the first victim was his Shriner's fez washed up on the Miami beach. The second victim, the head of the city's chamber of commerce, was found dead with a toy rubber alligator lodged in his throat. And that was just the beginning... Now Brian Keyes, reporter turned private eye, must move from muckraking to rooting out murder, in a caper that will mix football players, politicians, and police with a group of fanatics and a very hungry crocodile.

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When the president of the Miami Chamber of Commerce is found dead inside a suitcase with his legs sawn off and a rubber alligator stuffed down his throat, news and police locals prefer to believe it's simply another typical South Florida crime. But when letters from a terrorist group, Las Noches de Diciembre, link the man's death to the disappearances of a visiting Shriner and a Canadian tourist, former newsman (now private eye) Brian Keyes intuits that someone is out to kill Florida's tourist trade. His investigation leads him to an old journalism crony obsessed with fury against the state's irresponsible development policies. Miami Herald columnist Hiaasen writes with a seriousness of intent and knack for characterization which, unfortunately, outstrip his comic talents. This is an auspicious solo debut for the serious Hiaasen (he has written three thrillers with William Montalbano), but a lukewarm one for him as a potential comic-absurdist. (March 24p
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A dark, funny book full of irony and spice. I loved it!"-- Robert B. Parker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars In the beginning... Nov. 29 2003
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This was the first whiff, the first rush, the first crush I had for Carl Hiaasen. This is still one of his funniest books to date and has an unbelievable cast of characters: Cuban revenge squads who can't make a bomb that works; northern immigrants who can't swim and an alligator named Pavlov that can't play bridge. Once you read this, you will come to know Hiaasen's style: the characters and the criticisms change but the format is usually the same and some of the characters reappear in other books. His books should be wonderful screenplays--he is as screenworthy as is Elmore Leonard--but the only screenplay made of a book of his to date that I know of is Strip Tease (all his novels have two word titles). Strip Tease had one inspired moment: casting Burt Reynolds as the lecherous Florida politician in the pocket of the Cuban sugar industry, but the rest of the film was a disaster, starting with Demi Moore. So since one doesn't know if any more films will be made of Hiaasen's books and since the only one filmed stunk, read, read, read and enjoy.
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Hiaasen is a GENIUS! Tourist Season was my first Hiassen book, and it was a beautiful start to my Hiassen reading rage. Since Tourist Season, I've read 3 more by C.H., and I'm not done yet.
Carl Hiaasen's style has always surprised me. Each one of his stories begins with what seems like many many separate, totally independent stories. Somehow, within a few hundred pages, each one of those stories become closely tied with every other one.
Tourist Season had me laughing hysterically, more than any other Hiaasen book I think. Being a South Floridian, I've also traveled to most of the places described in this and other books. I find his depiction of the South Florida ecosystems splendid. Tourist Season especially evokes a genuine concern for the loss of Florida's natural land, and the final scene in the book is simply heart-wrenching.
The perfect dose of humor coupled with a great look into natural Florida, away from Disney World and South Beach, I recommend Tourist Season to everyone, anywhere in the US. Definitely a good book to buy and keep forever.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More an amusing satire than a crime mystery Jan. 26 2003
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Set in Miami, this satiric novel of eco-terrorism concerns a newspaper reporter turned private eye who is pitted against a former colleague turned leader of a terrorist cell. Skip Wiley, the crazed ringleader, wants to return Florida to the Seminoles and everglades by driving tourists out through terror. It's lightweight, of course, but it's certainly amusing, has colorful characters and, with its sharp satire of everything from tourism to race relations to the newsroom, makes high entertainment out of mayhem. Hiaasen is very good at keeping the reader guessing, giving background on minor characters doomed to become crocodile food and others who merely fade away, so that it's hard to tell which of the main characters will make it alive to the end. The book is marred slightly by a few gaps of credibility, even for a farce (for example, the police center on one date only for a possible attack, not considering an equally possible date even after the first passes uneventfully). In all, though, it's a fine, funny thriller, with a satisfyingly ambiguous ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be very quiet....we're hunting tourists.... July 30 2002
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Las Noches de Diciembre, the Knights of December, have begun hunting season in Florida. Hunting tourists that is... As usual, Hiaasen sets his story against the back drop of a newsroom. Many of the central characters in the novel have ties to the newspaper, where Hiaasen's personal experience as a columnist shines through.
This is a witty and entertaining adventure. Hiaasen has assembled a wide variety of characters to breathe remarkable diversity into his novel, including a Seminole Indian, a misfit Cuban bomber, a former NFL running back, a upcoming columnist desperately trying to become a bonafide newsroom character and the Orange Bowl Queen...
Many of Hiaasen's familiar themes appear in 'Tourist Season'. We get a look at the perversion of the news and the politics of the daily newspaper. Hiaasen also takes jabs at the tourist industry in Florida and the effect on the environment. Its all cleverly disguised with a sheen of humor, usually in rants from the various members of Las Noches.
Hiaasen fans will love this novel. Those unfamiliar with his work would do well to start with this novel. Its an entertaining read that keeps you laughing and turning pages.
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There is absolutely no way that anyone can read a Carl Hiaasen novel without having a great time. Mr. Hiaasen writes with a very engaging, humorous style that you just can't dislike. His characters are uniformly quirky and fairly jaded, and his adventures deliver quite a few chuckles and also some good insights into the inner workings of Florida politics.
In this book, which I believe is his first novel, Mr. Hiaasen is at his finest. The plot centers around an eco-terrorist group bent on driving tourists out of Florida and making it once again the pristine wilderness it was 500 years ago. The bad guys are a collection of a Cuban exile, a Native American casino owner, and the disgruntled ex-columnist that leads them. Their antics range from the strange to the downright evil, all in the name of saving the environment. And coming to the rescue is a cynical Miami reporter/bodyguard who ends up in the middle of the plot, alternatively trying to catch the bad guys and guard the Orange Bowl Queen.
Cynical reporters are something that Carl Hiaasen writes very well, and in this book, he's at his finest. He also excels at bringing the political and social issues of South Florida to light through his sarcastic, brilliant storytelling.
As a dedicated fan of Florida fiction (which includes Elmore Leonard, Leonard Shames, Randy Wayne White, and John D. MacDonald), I can say that Carl Hiaasen is one of the greats. His books are easy to read, his prose witty and engaging, and his stories exactly the ticket to take your mind off your problems.
Listen closely when reading one of his books. If you try, you can hear the wind in the palm trees and the crashing of the surf on the beach. This is truly one of life's great, simple pleasures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tis the season
If you liked Jackson McCRae's "Katzenjammer" with its wacky characters and mind-bending plot. Second only to "Basket Case," this quirky Hiassen novel is over the top and wild. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2006 by Peggy Sue got Married
4.0 out of 5 stars Mind boggling mystery
Private Eye Brian Keyes has multiple murders of important men to solve and comes to believe someone is out to stop the tourist trade in Florida. Read more
Published on April 19 2005 by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Open season for a great read
Hiassen rarely disappoints. Like many of his other novels, this book is a satire of the current problem of invasion in South Florida. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining
This is the Carl Hiaasen we know. He turns his black comedy and satire as it relates to the ever current problem of the influx of people to South Florida. Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by M. A. Ramos
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining
I won't reveal much of the plot here, as there are some twists and turns, some more predictable than others. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2004 by Derrick Peterman
5.0 out of 5 stars Hiaasen's Best.
In this novel, a group of radicals called the Nights of December are picking off the tourists of Florida. Their plan: return it to its natural state.... Read more
Published on Dec 22 2003 by Amy A Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad stuff happens to tourists in lawless south Florida
Carl Hiaasen is the master of the comedic absurd, but here's the thing: if you know a bit about south Florida, where virtually all his inane and hilarious novels are set, you know... Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2003 by Peggy Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars Hiaasen is sooo mean, and sooo funny
I found myself rooting for the crocodile. This book is very funny start to finish.
Published on Oct. 4 2002 by M. Swinford
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read Hiassen
Put this book, "Skin Tight", and "Double Whammy" on your must-read Hiassen list. These are great books: great characters, great locales, and great stories. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2002 by Tim Floyd
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