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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
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"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 Tis the season Oct. 12 2006
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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. Set in Florida, like almost all his books, he takes his usual swipe at government, corruption, and the state itself. The main event that propels this novel along is the murder of the Miami Chamber of Commerce President, who is found with his legs cut off and a rubber aligator stuffed down his throat. It just gets better from there, with a who dunnit type of scenario and live and fake reptiles used for harmful purposes. Rip-snorting laughs and a serious undertone give this five stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mind boggling mystery April 19 2005
By Janet
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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. A good read with realistic characters and a mind boggling mystery to solve.
Reviewed by Janet Sue Terry, author of the contemporary romance, "Set Me Free" series Possibilities and Resolutions. President of Just My best Book Publishing Company.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Open season for a great read Aug. 4 2004
By A Customer
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Hiassen rarely disappoints. Like many of his other novels, this book is a satire of the current problem of invasion in South Florida. However, this book does not share the same amount of comic violence that some his other works (such as Native Tongue) do. Because of that is more realistic. The ending is a little bit weak, but it does come as a bit of a surprise and is definitely symbolic of the struggle these characters are facing.
Also would recommend THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD by Jackson McCrae
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining April 22 2004
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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. A Shriner disappears leaving only his fez behind. Another local business booster is found dead with an toy alligator in his throat. You will start to want to see what the villain of the story does next, for he is more interesting than the hero. You will not want to put this book down.
What I also like about his books is if you know a bit about South Florida you can see these things really happening. I did not want to give the plot away, for their are some twist and turns you will enjoy. And the title of the book is highly suggestive. So if you want a fun read, open "Tourist Seaosn".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining Feb. 7 2004
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I won't reveal much of the plot here, as there are some twists and turns, some more predictable than others. The story is about a group of terrorists who try to make Florida unappealing to tourists and retirees so they leave in droves. And they attempt to achieve this goal by having a few dead bodies turn up.
I found this to be a very entertaining book, with interesting characters, and a plot that moves briskly along through a number of twists and turns. The leader of the terrorist group is more interesting than the hero. I found his heart in the right place, even though his methods had a lot to be desired. He is smart and cunning, yet unbalanced enough to keep you constantly cringing that something really bad is about to happen.
The villain steals the show, but the other characters are interesting enough to flesh out the story. This was my first book by Hiaasen, who was highly recommended by friends, and it certainly will not be my last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hiaasen's Best. Dec 23 2003
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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.... give it back to the Seminole Indians and the animals who lived there before the tourist boom. Journalist Skip Wiley, the mastermind of this cell, is a charasmatic and oddly likeable character, even if he is the "bad guy" you find yourself on some level wishing him luck! Wonderful story. Simply wonderful
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the beginning... Nov. 30 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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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 it's all too possible for this stuff to really happen. I suspect he gets inspiration for the outrageous details in his books from the daily newspaper.
This one starts with a tourist Shriner who disappears while taking a little dip in the quiet ocean. Then a legless city official is found dead, stuffed in a suitcase with a rubber alligator stuck down his throat. More stiffs turn up, and there's a weird (no surprise to Hiaasen's regular readers) theme connecting them.
A fun and funny read, and it heralded the many others that followed this debut of sorts.
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