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Naked Came the Manatee

Hiaasen, Carl

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ISBN 10: 0399141928 / ISBN 13: 9780399141928
Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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0399141928 1996. 201 pages. Signed by Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard, Dave Barry, James W. Hall, Les Standiford, Paul Levine, Tananarive Due, and Vicki Hendricks. Orange and brown boards, only mildly shelfworn. Spine square. Binding sound. Dust jacket covered in archival Mylar, fine. Interior bright, unmarked. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-2005219

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Title: Naked Came the Manatee

Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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A story of suspense written serially by thirteen of Florida's most talented writers--including Dave Barry, Carl Hiaasen, and Elmore Leonard--features a riot in Coconut Grove, an appearance by Fidel Castro, and other strange happenings. 80,000 first printing. $60,000 ad/promo.

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Dave Barry starts the madness in Naked Came the Manatee, introducing a 102-year-old environmentalist named Coconut Grove and a manatee saddled with one of Barry's favorite monikers, Booger. Carl Hiaasen closes down the party, and in between, 11 of Florida's literati, including Elmore Leonard, John Dufresne, and Edna Buchanan, make twisted offerings to the affair: three severed heads, all bearing a remarkable resemblance to Fidel Castro; four murders; some sex; some espionage; even an appearance by Jimmy Carter and one by Castro himself.

Originally published as a serial novel in the Miami Herald's Tropic magazine, Naked Came the Manatee resembles a literary game of telephone, with each writer contributing a chapter and passing it on to the next, who then makes the most of what he or she is given. The result is a novel with wildly fluctuating styles and more crazy plot curves than a daytime drama, but thanks to these 13 masters of the craft this roller coaster of a book is almost as much fun to read as it obviously was to write.

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