Tourist Season Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 1987
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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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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.
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.
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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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 morePublished on Oct. 12 2006 by Peggy Sue got Married
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 morePublished on April 19 2005 by Janet
Hiassen rarely disappoints. Like many of his other novels, this book is a satire of the current problem of invasion in South Florida. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2004
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 morePublished on April 22 2004 by M. A. Ramos
I won't reveal much of the plot here, as there are some twists and turns, some more predictable than others. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by Derrick Peterman
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 morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by Amy A Adams
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 morePublished on Nov. 9 2003 by Peggy Vincent
I found myself rooting for the crocodile. This book is very funny start to finish.Published on Oct. 4 2002 by M. Swinford