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When a ferocious hurricane rips through Southern Florida, the con artists and carpetbaggers waste no time swarming over the disaster area.
Among the predators are Edie Marsh, an entrepreneurial young woman whose scheme to sleep with a Palm Beach Kennedy has fizzled, freeing her to concoct a colossal insurance rip-off; Lester Maddox Parsons, a murderous ex-con whose violent encounter with a game warden has left him with the fitting nickname of "Snapper"; and Avila, a crooked building inspector-turned-roofer, who dabbles somewhat unsuccessfully in the occult.
Caught in the middle are Max and Bonnie Lamb, newlyweds torn in wildly different directions by the storm. It is Max's fateful decision to abort their Disney World honeymoon and race to Dade County to see the terrible devastation. Armed with a video camera, the ambitious young advertising executive can't wait to show his hurricane tapes to his buddies back in New York. Over Bonnie's objections, Max eagerly sets out through the rubble, debris, and mayhem -- and promptly vanishes. The only clue to his whereabouts: a runaway monkey. But there's also a man called Skink who has devoted his very strange existence to saving Florida from the kinds of people blown in by the hurricane. It is he, crazed and determined, who prowls the swath of the storm and forever changes the lives of Max, Bonnie, Edie, and the others.
Their paths -- tangled before they even know it -- come together in a novel that continues the hilarious and scathing muckraking tradition that Carl Hiaasen has so mercilessly made his own. In Stormy Weather, there is no calm eye.
Edward Asner won five Emmy awards for his approval of Lou Grant -- first on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and then on Lou Grant. He has garnered much acclaim for his many television, theatrical, and film performances.
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Carl Hiaasen has been writing about Florida since he was given a typewriter at the age of six. His novel, BASKET CASE, was a Sunday Times hardcover bestseller for over a month on publication in March 2002. As well as fiction, Hiaasen writes columns for the Miami Herald.From AudioFile:
A devastating hurricane in Southern Florida attracts an interesting pack of ne'er-do-wells, including newlyweds who abandon their honeymoon at Disney World to get the videotape of a lifetime. Other characters include petty con artists, swindlers, murderers, and Skink, Florida's former governor turned crazed environmental hermit. Asner's reading is superb although some of his Cuban accents are a bit too heavy. Some of Hiaasen's dark humor is lost or truncated by the abridgment, but those with limited time will find this recording welcome shelter. J.L. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Pan Books, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110330420984