Wednesday, November 01, 2006

112. "Flush" ~ Carl Hiaasen

Preface: I adore Carl Hiaasen. His writing is hysterical, his looks are rugged, his books are top-notch cupcake pleasures. Not many people could get away with creating a song to go with his or her novel. Oh, but he did.

But recently he has zigzagged away from writing novels about strippers, killers, and ex-governors to writing quirky mysteries with a heavy save-the-environment message for kids. And he succeeded with Hoot.

Not so much with Flush.

Noah, the teen hero, is out to gather evidence to support his father's accusations against a floating casino. His father believes the owner releases the sewage into the sea. His father is correct, but rather than figure out how to report this to nonbiased authorities, he chooses to just sink the boat. In jail, he needs Noah's help.

Unlike Hiaasen's other novels, there is a strange mood of normalcy. Sure, the dad is a bit passionate about the environment. But is anyone attacked by a frozen dead iguana? Or stabbed with a stuffed swordfish? Depressingly, no, which is why I read his books... I adore the quirk factor.

2.0 out of 5.0 Monkey Businesses.


Anonymous said...

Have you read the book, Good Grief, by Lolly Winston? It's a fast read and well written.
I've been fascinated by this undertaking of yours and am cheering you on to the end.

Kristin Dodge said...

Many thanks... I'm looking into getting this on my stack. I appreciate the kind words.