Updated: Sep 21, 2021
A fun book, that is wacky, entertaining and impossible to put down.
A prominent high-society Palm Beach matron who happens to be a fierce supporter of the president and founding members of Potusussies has gone missing at a swank gala. When the wealthy dowager Kiki Pugh Fitz Simmons, is later found dead in a concrete grave, panic and chaos errupt. The president immediately declares that Kiki was the victim of rampaging immigrant hordes. That is far from the truth. When wildlife wrangler Angie Armstrong arrives at her own conclusions after she is summoned to the posh island to deal with a mysterious and impolite influx of huge, hungry Burmese pythons.
“Angie had been summoned to Casa Bellacosa to unfasten a screech owl from the presidential pompadour, which the low-swooping raptor had mistaken for a road-kill fox. When Angie arrived, the commander-in-chief was lurching madly about the helipad, bellowing and clawing at the Velcro skull patch into which the confused bird had embedded in its talons.“
What a fun book! Election week could not have been a better time to read this politically irreverent book. I went into it totally blind, knowing nothing about the book other than it was written by Carl Hiaasen I didn’t even read the book summary before picking it up. I haven’t read a Hiaasen book in a few years, but I knew I wanted something fun, and I am so glad I pick it up. Perfect timing. I laugh and smiled all the way through. But be forewarned, Trumps fan will not see the humor and should definitely stay away.
Hiaasen’s writing is amusing and witty. The story is wacky, entertaining, and was impossible to put down. Between the missing dowager, the interfering Potussies, the vindictive redneck poacher, the incompetent criminals and the busy Secret Service there is plenty of action going on in Palm Beach.
The characters are interesting, quirky and even eccentric. I particularly liked Angie, of Discreet Captures, who once fed a poachers hand to a alligator. Don’t mess with this women, she knows how to take care of herself. Skink, the crazy ex-Governor of Florida also makes a return appearance living somewhere in the swamps of South Florida.
The President, and First Lady known by the Secret Service as Mastadon and Mockingbird, do their part to add to chaos, ridiculous drama and fake news to this clever and diabolical story.
Author Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) He joined the Miami Herald as a reporter and went to work for the newspapers weekly magazine and prize winning investigations team. As a journalist and author, Hiaasen has spent most of his life advocating for the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family live in southern Florida.
“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.“
Published September 29, 2020
Narrated Scott Brick