Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen – A Review


Action-packed, complex and hilarious don’t even begin to describe Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen. So much goes on in this novel, it’s hard to put it all into a short review. I’ll give it my best shot.

Sick Puppy revolves around Florida governor, Dick Artemus; litter-bug lobbyist Palmer Stoat, who can get anything done for anyone if he is paid enough for it; Robert Clapley, the depraved developer, who is obsessed with both real and imagined Barbie Dolls; and a number of other crooked cronies. They want to destroy and develop sparsely inhabited Toad Island into a resort, complete with condos, golf courses, nature trails and airports. Pitted against them are Twilly Spree and former Florida governor, Clinton Tyree aka Skink, the eco-fanatic terrorists who attempt to thwart the project with a variety of questionable methods, including a flatulent black Labrador Retriever named Boodle-McGuinn.  Thrown into the mix are Palmer’s wife, Desie, who is fascinated by and attracted to Twilly; Mr. Gash, the porcupine-headed, 911 tape obsessed hit man; Lieutenant Jim Tile of the Florida Highway Patrol and more twisted, bizarre characters.

This book has it all: an island of toads buried alive, dead animal pieces and parts, bone-crushing construction equipment (literally), big game trafficking, sex, drugs and just a little rock-n-roll. Hiaasen continues his satiric rally against all things modern in Florida. It is a comedic tale that shouldn’t be missed.

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