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Naked Came the Manatee: A Novel

Hiaasen, Carl + 12 Others

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ISBN 10: 0399141928 / ISBN 13: 9780399141928
Published by Putnam Pub Group, New York, N Y, 1996
Condition: Very Fine Hardcover
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Very nice 2 volume set including the Hard Cover new unread copy with sharp orange boards and bright metallic copper lettering on the brown spine. Nice clean and tight page block. Unclipped pictorial DJ also very sharp and bright. Both book and DJ look mint. 2 Vol. set also includes the 1st Edition unread Uncorrected Proof with sharp and bright pictorial wraps and clean and tight page block. Both books boldly SIGNED by Carl Hiaasen on both title pages. DJ on Hard Cover in mylar. No DJ on Proof as issued. Very sharp collectible set. Bookseller Inventory # 002095

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Title: Naked Came the Manatee: A Novel

Publisher: Putnam Pub Group, New York, N Y

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover + Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition HC + Uncorrected Proof

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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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