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Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen

Chaz Perrone, the villain at the center of Carl Hiassen's Skinny Dip, is a husband to his rich and lovely wife, Joey, and a marine biologist with the state of Florida, and does a poor job with both roles. He's working a scam where he falsifies the water analysis records in the Everglades for an argibusiness that's illegally dumping fertilizer there. Chaz, though, suspects that Joey has figured out his scam, so on a cruise to celebrate their second anniversary, he pushes her overboard into the ocean. Joey survives by clinging to a bale of Jamaican pot until she's survived by the heart-hardened ex-cop, Mick Stranahan. Instead of going to the police, they hatch a plot to let Chaz think she's dead and to haunt him to find the answers they're looking for. Meanwhile, the agribusiness tycoon is worried about Chaz falling apart, and hires a man called Tool (who's ornery due to a bullet lodged in the crack of his rear) to keep an eye on him. Skinny Dip is another hilarious south-Florida satire from Carl Hiaasen and has received positive reviews. The Cleveland Plain Dealer says, "Hiaasen is a Florida native and a Miami Herald columnist. Once again, he wields his humor in a laugh-so-you-don't-cry battle against the endless corrupt attacks on his beloved state."
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