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Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen

In Nature Girl, Honey Santana is a single mother with bipolar tendencies who decides she's had enough after a dinner-time telephone call with a rude telemarketer, Boyd Shreave. She tracks him down and lures him and his mistress to Florida to teach him a lesson. She got the phone call the same day she lost her job after her boss, Mr. Piejack, groped her and she in turn whacked him with a crab hammer. Meanwhile, Boyd's wife sends a private detective after him to get proof of his infidelity. Honey leads Boyd and his girlfriend to Dismal Key in the Everglades' Ten Thousand Islands, and she's followed by Mr. Piejack, who is in turn being followed by Honey's ex-husband and her over-protective son. What they don't know is that Sammy Tigertail, an ex-alligator wrestler and ex-Everglades guide whose first client died there, is already hiding out on Dismal Key, although he's being pursued by a gorgeous young woman. It's a typical Carl Hiaasen plot set in his beloved South Florida, and Nature Girl has received mostly positive reviews. The New York Daily News says, "Maybe South Florida really is nuttier than the rest of the country, or Hiaasen just has the bare-bones wit to turn the local fauna into literary fodder. Either way, Nature Girl deserves the laughs it will get, from sea to shining sea."
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