Though we had a smaller than usual group at the Field Notes meeting on Saturday, we still managed to have an interesting discussion about our August book, A Thousand Ships. The advantage of having a smaller than usual group is that everybody’s vote for the next book counts much more than it would in a larger group. We had no trouble choosing our selection for September, Carl Hiaasen’s Skinny Dip.
If you want a humorous take on Florida in all its weirdness, Carl Hiaasen is obviously your go-to author. If you enjoy quirky, bizarre, plot heavy humor, look no further. Hiaasen has long been one of my favorite authors, and Skinny Dip has long struck me as one of his best.
Just consider the starting point of the plot: a shady Florida scientist is helping some even shadier operators figure out how to dump chemicals in the Everglades without getting caught. The scientist suspects his wife, Joey, has caught on to what he’s doing and is likely to turn him in, so, in the classic manner of a Hiaasen character, he decides to kill her by pushing her off a cruise liner in the middle of the night, hoping she drowns. She doesn’t drown because she lands on a bale of marijuana which was thrown overboard by drug dealers being chased by the Coast Guard. Reaching the shore and being helped by a former police officer turned bitter loner, Joey decides not to turn her husband in for the attempted murder, but to mess with his head, since he thinks she’s dead, and Mick, her new friend, is more than happy to help her with that.
It just goes on from there, with a full cast of memorable characters and the usual twisted Hiaasen plot.
We’ll be meeting to discuss this book on September 24 at 11 in the Field Library program room, and of course there will be refreshments. It should be a great time for all. Join if you can.