My Review of Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen
Ok, I read it. Read the whole thing. Was this my favorite Carl Hiaasen book? No, but it was an entertaining read. The characters are:
Palmer Stoat – an obsessive/compulsive type prone to littering rather than having the offending item on his possession, Stoat is a cocksure deal maker in the middle of the Florida political arena.
Desie Stoat – young, beautiful, and unlucky with men. She is wife number three and wondering how or why she was still hanging around.
Twilly Spree – to say Twilly is a hero would be stretching the label a bit. With anger management problems and no filter, he pursues injustices he sees in every nook and cranny of the state.
Boodle/McGuinn – Palmer’s dog got the name Boodle as a joke. Boodle means bribe of illicit payment. Twilly quickly changes his name to McGuinn when he acquires him.
The focus of all of these characters is Shearwater Island, a natural, lightly populated habitat soon to be turned into luxury condos, hotels, and golf course. The story moves quickly, introduces more interesting characters than those I’ve listed, mixes in a bit of intrigue and violence, and reaches a satisfying conclusion. This might be a good summer beach read. Guarantee it won’t be a waste of time.