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Tourist Season The only trace of the first victim was his Shriner s fez washed up on the Miami beach The second victim, the head of the city s chamber of commerce, was found dead with a toy rubber alligator lodged in his throat And that was just the beginning Now Brian Keyes, reporter turned private eye, must move from muckraking to rooting out murder, in a caper that will mix football players, politicians, and police with a group of fanatics and a very hungry crocodile

  • Paperback
  • 404 pages
  • Tourist Season
  • Carl Hiaasen
  • English
  • 04 September 2017
  • 0446695718

About the Author: Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida After graduating from the University of Florida, he joined the Miami Herald as a general assignment reporter and went on to work for the newspaper s weekly magazine and prize winning investigations team As a journalist and author, Carl has spent most of his life advocating for the protection of the Florida Everglades He and his family live in southern Florida.



10 thoughts on “Tourist Season

  1. Matthew Matthew says:

    Reading this for my book club and, while I have read a few Hiaasen books before, I have always wanted to go back and start at the beginning Hiaasen has a unique style that I think is easy to either love or hate For me, it is very odd and unrealistic, but it adds a nice bit of crazy humor to the story In this novel, it took me about 1 3 of the way to get used to the style.In the end, I liked the story and the style quite a bit Despite being odd, it was also very touching at points heroes you Reading this for my book club and, while I have read a few Hiaasen books before, I have always wanted to go back and start at the beginning Hiaasen has a unique style that I think is easy to either love or hate For me, it is very odd and unrealistic, but it adds a nice bit of crazy humor to the story In this novel, it took me about 1 3 of the way to get used to the style.In the end, I liked the story and the style quite a bit Despite being odd, it was also very touching at points heroes you want to cheer for and tragic villains you kinda feel sorry for.I will leave you with images of 1980s Miami this is what I pictured the whole time

  2. Jeff Jeff says:

    Three and a half stars.Just like Donovan used to sit at the feet of Bob Dylan, Carl Hiaasen will forever be an El Leonard wannabe Now, this isn t a bad thing If your child wants to grow up to be president, you d want them to model themselves after Abe Lincoln and not Warren Harding or Franklin Pierce.The novel, Hiaasen s first, is pretty good, but you can see Hiaasen measuring himself up against the master Fortunately, here he sticks with what he knows best the newspaper business, civili Three and a half stars.Just like Donovan used to sit at the feet of Bob Dylan, Carl Hiaasen will forever be an El Leonard wannabe Now, this isn t a bad thing If your child wants to grow up to be president, you d want them to model themselves after Abe Lincoln and not Warren Harding or Franklin Pierce.The novel, Hiaasen s first, is pretty good, but you can see Hiaasen measuring himself up against the master Fortunately, here he sticks with what he knows best the newspaper business, civilization encroaching upon the everglades and Southern Florida He keeps it relatively simple decently drawn characters, fairly riveting plot, and generous dollops of humor It wasn t until later novels that Hiaasen heavily embraced for good or ill his quirky nature Also his future attempts at female leads in the other books I ve read reveal a writer uncomfortable with or unable to write from the opposite gender s point of view In this one, he plays it safe he doesn t try to write from a woman s perspective it s a testosterone fest.Are Floridians this loopy Is it the inhalation of swamp gas drifting from the everglades Is there something in the Gulf water Is it some sort of Seminole curse I have a few in laws who live there and my wife has friends who are long time Flordia residents, so there is some empirical and personal evidence to support this whole idiosyncratic query Plus, this is a state that reveres Jimmy Buffett and when he dies, Florida will probably have him stuffed and put on display Eccentric Florida literature has become a mini genre unto itself, Goodreads recommended scores of books of this type Why Florida Why not Delaware, South Dakota or Wyoming My Goodreads friends from Florida, of course, are the exceptions I say, why wait, do it now

  3. Tim Tim says:

    Carl Hiaasen s first published novel of 1986 finds him in terrific form 9 of 10 stars

  4. Ammar Ammar says:

    Funny First book by Carl Hiaasen Florida The tourist season A guerrilla faction killing people Dark humour Made me laugh at some parts

  5. David - proud Gleeman in Branwen& David - proud Gleeman in Branwen& says:

    I ll write a full review when I have the time, but for now, here sDAVE S FINAL JUDGMENTTHE DEFENSEBook is very funny and creative Lead villain is both fascinating and frightening, and his bizarre motives only make him that muchcompelling Biting social satire is executed perfectly Hiaasen s unconventional story and writing style makes reading this one a unique experienceTHE PROSECUTIONThe protagonists are not nearly as interesting as the villains The love story I ll write a full review when I have the time, but for now, here sDAVE S FINAL JUDGMENTTHE DEFENSEBook is very funny and creative Lead villain is both fascinating and frightening, and his bizarre motives only make him that muchcompelling Biting social satire is executed perfectly Hiaasen s unconventional story and writing style makes reading this one a unique experienceTHE PROSECUTIONThe protagonists are not nearly as interesting as the villains The love story explored in the second half of the book feels forced and doesn t really deliver The book occasionally lags and could have been trimmed downTHE VERDICT A brilliantly dark comedy that deserves to bethan just a cult classic Even with its occasional lags, with so many funny and bizarre moments, the good far outweighs the bad

  6. Kim Kaso Kim Kaso says:

    4.5 stars, loss of 1 2 star for outrageously callous attitude about the death of the tourists, which I know was at the heart of the novel, but author enjoyed it just a little too much One of the first Hiaasen books I encountered, and still stands up A wild ride with looney tunes terrorists, a plethora of bodies, sympathetic heroes being met with obstacles from every direction, and gonzo writing If Carl Hiaasen shares some measure of the angst of Skip Wiley, writing these books is excellent th 4.5 stars, loss of 1 2 star for outrageously callous attitude about the death of the tourists, which I know was at the heart of the novel, but author enjoyed it just a little too much One of the first Hiaasen books I encountered, and still stands up A wild ride with looney tunes terrorists, a plethora of bodies, sympathetic heroes being met with obstacles from every direction, and gonzo writing If Carl Hiaasen shares some measure of the angst of Skip Wiley, writing these books is excellent therapy He is able to fantasize the destruction of those forces destroying his corner of the world while making a living and making us darkly laugh His mordant outlook would be familiar to Balti s H.L Menken Here s a toast to the curmudgeons, they keep us honest A laugh out loud roller coaster of a ride with some of the most outrageous and colorful characters to ever fill the pages of a book Highly recommended, except by the tourist board, real estate developers, chamber of commerce, and other entities which make their livings from tourism in the greater Miami area

  7. Algernon (Darth Anyan) Algernon (Darth Anyan) says:

    7 10 His name is Pavlov He is a North American crocodile, one of only about thirty left in the entire world He s a shade over seventeen feet and weighs about the same as a Porsche 915 All that tonnage with a brain no bigger than a tangerine Isn t nature wonderful, Brian Who said God doesn t have a sense of humor Carl Hiaasen showcases his own brand of humor in this novel, his first solo effort as a writer Many of his signature moves are present his overriding concern for the environmen 7 10 His name is Pavlov He is a North American crocodile, one of only about thirty left in the entire world He s a shade over seventeen feet and weighs about the same as a Porsche 915 All that tonnage with a brain no bigger than a tangerine Isn t nature wonderful, Brian Who said God doesn t have a sense of humor Carl Hiaasen showcases his own brand of humor in this novel, his first solo effort as a writer Many of his signature moves are present his overriding concern for the environment and his eco warriors, his zany side characters, his bumbling criminals and his ingenious criminal plots, his barbed and often bitter rants against a consumerist society Underlying everything, his love for Southern Florida and his enduring interest in its natural world, in its history and in its colourful, exuberant inhabitants.When the body of a prominent local businessman is discovered crammed into a red leather luggage, covered with sunscreen, missing his legs and with a plastic toy alligator stuffed down his throat, the police are clueless as to motive and manner of death Local private gumshoe and former investigative journalist Brian Keyes takes on the case in defense of an unlikely Latino suspect His investigation goes pearshaped as his client commits suicide, the police are stonewalling over evidence of a serial killer on the loose and his old frenemy and mentor at the newspaper goes missing Skip Wiley is an early prototype for the later books Hiaasen hero Clinton Skink Tyree a modern Robin Hood fighting a lone guearilla war against the fat cats of industry and against rampant pollution Skip is the gonzo columnist at the local Miami newspaper who made a name for himself by his bitter attacks against tourists and property developers It looks like Skip has finally gone overboard in his quest to save Florida from destruction and is the mastermind behind the self titled terrorist group Las Noches di Diciembre , bringing together a scion of the Seminole rebel Indians, a washed out football star and a hot tempered anti Castro Latino anarchist in a plan to empty Florida of touristsBrian, what is Florida anyway An immense sunny toilet where millions of tourists flush their money and save the moment on Kodak film The recipe for redemption is simple scare away the tourists and pretty soon you scare off the developers Nodevelopers, nobankers Nobankers, nolawyers Nolawyers, nodope smugglers The whole motherfucking economy implodes Now, tell me I m crazy My personal verdict is that Skip Wiley is indeed crazy, and that makes it very hard for the reader to sympathize with his cause, given the extreme measures he deploys in order to achieve his goals view spoiler Pavlov hide spoiler This is probably the reason the author decided to start again from scratch in his next novel Double Whammy and create the former Governor gone rogue Skint Tyree Brian Keyes is a muchlikable lead, assisted by local police officer Al Garcia and by beauty queen Kara Lynn I also had some problems with pacing and with some of the convenient plot coincidences and stretches of credibility view spoiler like keeping the identity of El Fuego hidden from the police and allowing him to continue killing innocents hide spoiler.In the end I enjoyed the trip to Florida The book served its purpose a little too well as holiday entertainment by raising a score of valid concerns about the way we destroy the most beautiful places on the planet in our yearly exodus to famed tourist destinations It may not be Carl Hiaasen s best offer, but it is a good introduction to his style and to his recurrent themes

  8. Heather Smeltzer Heather Smeltzer says:

    I ve seen Carl Hiaasen s books all over and have been curious to read one however, I didn t really click with his style of storytelling The subject was fun and the writing pretty good could ve done with a little less cursing and use of non PC language.

  9. Adam Adam says:

    This enjoyable and somewhat bizarre book is un put downable and probably could easily be read in under two hours, but I read it a few pages at a time in order to prolong the suspense and the enjoyable story it offers.Set, as most of Hiassen s books are, in Florida this fast paced thriller begins with the discovery of a number of murder victims Each of these apparently unconnected victims have been done in in one of a number of bizarre ways It emerges that they are all victims of a terrorist This enjoyable and somewhat bizarre book is un put downable and probably could easily be read in under two hours, but I read it a few pages at a time in order to prolong the suspense and the enjoyable story it offers.Set, as most of Hiassen s books are, in Florida this fast paced thriller begins with the discovery of a number of murder victims Each of these apparently unconnected victims have been done in in one of a number of bizarre ways It emerges that they are all victims of a terrorist gang that calls itself Noches de Diciembre Its aim, which I will not reveal, is unusual It is not connected with anti Castroist Cuba activities but with ecology According to the brief biography on Hiaasen s own website , he has been a journalist and still writes a column for a Miami newspaper I wonder whether one of the main characters in Tourist Season, Skip Wiley, is not at least a little bit autobiographical Well not too much I hope In any case, Hiaasens rich experience of things and events, which he has reported in Florida, must be an important source of inspiration for his stories.If Hiaasen s stories are based on true life, then his books have done little to attract me to visit Florida Maybe, this is what he wants In everything that I have read by him there isthan a little bit of evidence of his love of wildlife and its preservation And, from what I can gather he is definitely concerned about the erosion of native Florida by the encroachment of settlers from the rest of the USA.I recommend reading Tourist Season it is fast paced, fascinating, and takes many unexpected twists and turns before reaching its surprising conclusion

  10. Tom Croom Tom Croom says:

    Growing up in South Florida, you realize that there are certain unwritten rules for living here Some are obvious Thou shalt own at least one Jimmy Buffett album Others are learned from experience Thou shalt add thirty minutes of drive time to any location during Snow Bird season One of my favorites, though, I only learned about five years ago Carl Hiaasen understands our screwed up state, and thou shalt read his novels for insight I was introduced to Carl s works via word of mouth w Growing up in South Florida, you realize that there are certain unwritten rules for living here Some are obvious Thou shalt own at least one Jimmy Buffett album Others are learned from experience Thou shalt add thirty minutes of drive time to any location during Snow Bird season One of my favorites, though, I only learned about five years ago Carl Hiaasen understands our screwed up state, and thou shalt read his novels for insight I was introduced to Carl s works via word of mouth when his named popped up due to a local book signing in my town The word sout of someone s mouth was you re kidding when I noted I had never read one of his novels Thus I bought a copy of Skinny Dip and, thoroughly satisfied, decided to read the entire Carl Hiaasen collection Tourist Season is easily my favorite.Part of the charm in this work is the snapshot it creates of Florida during the recent past Talk to anyone from Chicago, Illinois after watching The Blues Brothers and they ll tell you how different the whole place was then and how magically unique Tourist Season is South Florida in the eighties, and mentions of things that were the norm of the time cassette players in Cadillacs, etc help to paint a vivid neon lit image of the Sunshine State from the before time The story sets the tone for all future Carl Hiaasen novels twisted to the point of humorous deaths peppered with mystery and wit with a conscious reminder of the less than flattering things Florida residents have done in local history The book reads like a great film but based on Striptease s translation to celluloid, I kind of hope they leave this one alone.This is a great introduction to Carl Hiaasen s view of Florida, and a solid book for reading at the beach

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