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When a ferocious hurricane rips through southern Florida, the con artists and carpetbaggers waste no time in swarming over the disaster area.Among the predators are Edie Marsh, an entrepreneurial young woman whose scheme to sleep with a Palm Beach Kennedy has fizzled, freezing her to concoct a colossal insurance rip-off; Lester Maddox Parsons, a murderous ex-con whose violWhen a ferocious hurricane rips through southern Florida, the con artists and carpetbaggers waste no time in swarming over the disaster area.Among the predators are Edie Marsh, an entrepreneurial young woman whose scheme to sleep with a Palm Beach Kennedy has fizzled, freezing her to concoct a colossal insurance rip-off; Lester Maddox Parsons, a murderous ex-con whose violent encounter with a game warden has left him with the fitting name of “Snapper”; and Avila, a crooked building inspector-turned-roofer who dabbles somewhat unsuccessfully in the occult. Caught in the middle are Max and Bonnie Lamb, newlyweds torn in wildly different directions by the storm. It is Max’s fateful decision to abort their Disney World honeymoon and race to Dade County to see the terrible devastation. Armed with a video camera, the ambitious young advertising executive can’t wait to show his hurricane tapes to his buddies back in New York. Over Bonnie’s objections, Max eagerly sets out through the rubble, debris and mayhem—and promptly vanishes. The only clue to his whereabouts: a runaway monkey. The only person who can help Bonnie’s search: a mysterious young man with a tranquilizer gun and a roomful of human skulls. But there’s also a man called Skink who has devoted his very strange existence to saving Florida from the kinds of people blown in by the hurricane. It is he, crazed and determined, who prowls the swath of the storm and forever changes the lives of Max, Bonnie, Edie and the others.Their paths—tangled before they even know it—come together in a novel that continues the hilarious and scathing muckraking tradition that Carl Hiaasen has so mercilessly made his own. In Stormy Weather, there is no calm eye....

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Stormy Weather Reviews

  • Jonathan Ashleigh
    2019-03-19 07:40

    This book was like reading a tabloid, only I cared less about the people between the covers.

  • Bronwen
    2019-02-26 07:57

    Stormy Weather follows Carl Hiaasen's usual fomula, with his normal cast of characters. The confused female victim of the greedy jerk rescued by the "crazy" recluse and the caring, law-enforcement hero. The story takes place in the Florida Everglades, as usual, and contains the author's requrired amount of environmental "preachiness."If Hiaasen's books are all so predictable, why do I like reading them so much? Because he is an incredibly clever writer with a dark, twisted sense of humor that I truly enjoy. Because his stories move along at the perfect pace, with the right amount of satire and sarcasm and incredibly unique characters that you either want to get to know, or love to hate.

  • Thomas Strömquist
    2019-03-18 04:50

    Yes, there is a theme to the Hiaasen books and if you've read one, you will be able to draw parallels to them all. Luckily, some of the things they have in common are that they are deliciously bitingly satiric, often crazily funny and surely greatly entertaining! The third appearance of Skink is no exception and the 'hero' in this one, the complex Augustine (who juggles real skulls as relaxation/meditation) is a great complement to the ex-governor.

  • Mary Alice
    2019-03-15 10:00

    Very dark frenetic humor with a superabundance of ridiculous characters on the margins of society. I guess one could consider the police officers normal....sort of. Very funny. Would make a wild movie with lots of slapstick and insane situations. I wouldn't want to read a lot of books like this, but Stormy Weather was a good experience for me. Set in Florida. Is everyone in Florida like this?

  • John Martin
    2019-03-20 08:03

    When I joined GR, I mistakenly thought I had read this book and gave it four stars. I was wrong - which I realised when I stumbled upon the book at the Lifeline Bookfair in Canberra. I've now actually read the novel and upgraded it to five stars.Carl Hiassen has not dissapointed me yet.This is my kind of book. It has zany characters that you really do love or hate and understand, a funny plot as intricately woven as a fine basket and an underlying message - that is not in your face and you can choose to see it or not.You just really know when you read a Carl Hiassen novel that the really bad guys will get their comeuppance.It leaves us with a great sense of satisfaction on top of all the laughs we've had on the way.

  • Dennis
    2019-03-10 08:58

    Fool me twice, shame on me. What on earth was I thinking taking on a second installment by the same author responsible for writing Star Island? As if that calamitous wonder wasn't bad enough, this glutton for punishment nevertheless vowed to forge his way through Stormy Weather simply because it was sitting there on his desk for the taking. Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky.This time the author scrambles a muddle of cartoonish characters whose lives intersect implausibly in the immediate aftermath of destruction and mayhem wreaked by an unnamed hurricane upon South Florida. Bonnie and Max, two New York newlyweds honeymooning in Orlando, opt to head south straight into the heart of the devastation to survey and document the damage and displacement. Max is soon kidnapped by Skink, a misanthropic missing ex-governor and erstwhile environmental vigilante who lives off the marshy backwoods of Florida's Everglades and Keys, simply because Skink despises Max for videotaping the ruination. While Max is in the wild enduring torture at the hands of his morally ambiguous captor who has forced him to wear an electroshock collar, his brand-new wife takes up with the dreamy Augustine--a freewheeling, ruggedly adventuresome and independently wealthy hunk--who represents some of the traits Bonnie spontaneously decides are absent in her days-old marriage. Within moments, and without any other apparent justification, this just-married bride has fallen for somebody entirely new, for whom she leaves her downtrodden husband thus freeing herself to seek unknown thrills. Come again?The seductive Edie and deformed-jaw Snapper are yet two more unsavory characters in this unruly circus whose aim is to defraud the Midwest Casualty company for more than two hundred grand by posing as beneficiaries who have gone missing due to the storm. These two will execute their plans by resorting to deception, threats, violence, and other criminal activities--any means necessary to get what they want. Their stratagems go awry, however, as they soon become entangled with the others as well as with cops, insurance adjustors, crooked roofers, hookers, and other oddballs who get caught up in all the hijinks.Enduring this was like being sentenced to solitary confinement to watch the entire Wagner's Ring Cycle on repeating loop, except it's populated by talentless dunderheads from a season of Sally Jessy Rafael. I counted down the pages, one by one, unto the inglorious end. It's filled with an array of crimes committed with an utter lack of regard for human life or decency. The author inexplicably idealizes his Skink character although he is neither heroic nor sympathetic, and seems to relish Skink's untethered individualism that disrespects any civil code or law of man in favor of his own set of ideals. The merry-go-round of lust and greed along with an unending string of profanity and gratuitous depredation characterizes, well, just about everyone in this book's world. If the author's intention is to prevent tourism and growth from descending upon his beloved South Florida, putting out this kind of propaganda should go a long way towards making that happen. It makes for a tedious read and absolute waste of time. This book is awful!What's beyond comprehension is the advertising soundbites featured on the cover by reputable outlets the likes of The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine, which blazon "Hilarious!" "Raucous Good Fun!" and "Positioning the Author to Become This Country's Premier Satirist!" What? Let me repeat that . . . What?! There is absolutely NOTHING funny about this book. The closest it comes to producing so much as a chuckle is the occasional description here or there that hints at wry observation, such as when Max's Madison Avenue firm takes on advertising for an eccentric-Mormon-family-owned business seeking to revive its root beer brand that had peaked in market share back in 1962. The irony is the disdain this author willingly seethes about the supposedly shallow and cynical advertising industry in light of the misleading marketing ads featured so prominently on his own book's cover with the unmistakable intention of shilling endless copies to unwitting masses of buyers. I will not repeat my mistakes by reading anything more by this author.Note to self: Checking something out from the library imposes absolutely no obligation for you to spend any more time completing it. Amazingly, if returned promptly, the library WILL take it back. And here's the catch . . . the library won't even charge you to take rubbish like this off your hands!

  • Kathy
    2019-03-04 06:02

    Carl Hiassen has a satiric edge second to none, as he provides characters and plots that bring to light, make that "spotlight," the human vices and societal ills that plague all places, but especially the state of Florida. As Hiassen said in a recent speech, "they (reprobates and crazies)all come here (Florida). For those of us who speak fluent sarcasm and appreciate nothing better than witty sarcasm, Hiassen's novels, and Stormy Weather certainly, make our joy meters tingle in a most pleasurable way. The characters in Stormy Weather come together in Miami in the usual Hiassen convoluted manner following a major hurricane that has devastated the area. There are bound to be scores of kind-hearted volunteers and honest repair businesses extant in Miami at that time. This story is not about them. Hiassen shows us the sleazy, greedy vultures of opportunity when disasters strike. That's not saying that there aren't some good, honest characters in the book, albeit some slightly off-centered ones. Again, we lovers of quirky people/characters rejoice. Populating this novel are an ex-governor, with a mission for protecting his beloved Florida, who left society and now makes his home in the swamp eating roadkill; two low-level con artists, one of whom shows a penchant for violence and the other habors a Kennedy fantasy; several greedy and reprehensible men involved in home construction, inspection, and repair; a honeymoon couple whose different world views quickly become apparent; an easily seduced insurance adjustor, just wanting some piece/peace?; two state troopers romantically involved and all-around good people; a skull-juggling, nice law school dropout; and a crooked-as-they-come mobile home salesman. Yes, the dots are all deftly connected between these wandering souls, and a great tale is told. Wild, whacky, and laugh-out-loud good!

  • ✨Susan✨
    2019-03-12 02:52

    This book was so funny and the characters were so different. I did not know this was a series but I love the crazy, uber intelligent, gross, scrupulous character that Carl Hiaasen created in Skink (ex-governor). Florida has just had a devastating hurricane and between the people that are homeless and the vultures that come there to scam them, CH weaves a tale that is hysterical and has a balanced redemption. If your up for a riotous romp through the Everglades with a wonderfully clever, kooky cast then this just may be for you.

  • Kevin Topolovec
    2019-02-27 10:39

    I need to find a new book. A book where just ONE character has motives that are purely good.

  • Cyrus
    2019-03-01 10:54

    This was the first Carl Hiaasen book I'd read, and probably the first example of "popular" not-quite-literary fiction I'd read in quite a while. I've been reading too much heavy stuff (Under the Volcano, The Savage Detectives etc.) and was looking forward to a light, fast paced read with some good laughs thrown in, and I'd always heard that Hiaasen was a perfect example of what they call a "beach read." Also I was intrigued by the idea that his books are always set in Florida, as I spent my childhood years living there and was curious to see if the prose would do a good job of communicating a sense of place (though my memories of the sunshine state are pretty vague at this point) As you can see by the two stars, I was a little disappointed. The use of setting really seemed only passable for a writer who's reputation is so much defined by writing about a particular place. Hiaasen seems to have a journalist's sense of the small-time politics and social relationships of Florida (trailer parks vs. mansions on the shore/ Miami vs. the interior) but any really tactile kind of description would have gotten in the way of the crime/ thriller plot and so the book didn't really transport me as much as I wanted it to.The plot revolved around insurance fraud in the wake of a hurricane, and the book in the opening chapters moved at a fast pace, catching you off guard with some funny moments. However, once the elements were all in place for things to begin resolving themselves, I realized that the outcome was fairly predictable, the plot sort of slowed down and there wasn't enough humor to make it seem really worthwhile continuing.It wasn't all that bad. I may read another Hiaasen sometime this summer and see if he's done any better. But as for Stormy Weather, it was just so-so.

  • Geoff
    2019-03-03 02:55

    I love a good Carl Hiaasen book, alas this was not a good Carl Hiaasen. It starts off strong, sweeping the reader into the story following the wake of a hurricane. The cast ballons quickly and just as quickly gets thinned down in a series of gruesome endings, which, for the most part, are not ironic, fitting, or funny. As the cast dwindles down so does the plot, which revolves around: Bonnie and Max Lamb, the mismatched newly wed couple; Augustine, the good guy skull juggler; Edie, the con-woman looking for the next job; and Snapper, the all around bad guy. This story is filled with Skink & Jim, which is usually a good thing, for a good example read Double Whammy. This time Skink is more sad and pathetic, not the usual renegade-recluse-with-the-heart-of-gold. Skink's character is very heavy handed with the 'why things use to be' and 'it would be better if we drive out all the tourists'. A little of this goes a long way, and most of Hiaasen's readers know his feelings about the big mouse. If I had to rank all the Hiaasen books, this would be second from bottom, right above Strip Tease, which was a bad book and a worst movie. I give this 3 stars because, as far as summer time, beach books go, you could do a lot worst.

  • Emily Anderson
    2019-02-23 06:01

    This is one of my favorite Hiaasen novels. It has 10 or 12 crazy characters (including a one-eyed ex-governor who lives off the wild in the Everglades) and it's hilarious! If you haven't read any Hiaasen, he is based in the Miami area and his books are all humor/crime novels that usually have basically the same theme: a somewhat crazy environmentalist fighting evil, corrupt forces (Florida govt., land developers) in the Everglades. It's really a love-it-or-hate-it genre, but if you love one Hiaasen book, you'll compulsively read the rest of his novels. I've read all 11 books and I also recommend Lucky You, Sick Puppy, and Tourist Season.

  • Brian
    2019-03-21 10:43

    Carl Hiaasen books are an interesting thing. The formula is pretty much the same each time. Greed, environmental protection, despicable villains, and offbeat quirky “heroes”. And despite the similarity, the novels vary greatly in quality. “Stormy Weather” is one of Hiaasen’s okay efforts. Not among the best of his I have read, but not down there with the worst.This novel features the reoccurring character of Skink, I think this is the 3rd book (in terms of publication order) in which Skink appeared. The main villain in this piece is a real scumbag named Snapper. There is not much to the character, but you loathe him almost from the get go. This text is not too successful in pulling together the myriad plotlines. I think that is the greatest weakness of this book. The plots look to have gotten away from Hiaasen a little, and he never seemed to know how to bring them together in a satisfying manner. Another weakness is the overlong ending. It is drawn out. It could have ended 20 pages earlier than it did, and the book would have suffered nothing for it. Not as engaging and fun as other Hiaasen, but not a stinker. Just there. Good for a mindless fun read, and we all need those.

  • Paul Pessolano
    2019-02-28 06:42

    “Stormy Weather” by Carl Hiaasen, published by Alfred A. Knopf.Category – Mystery/Comedy Publication Date – August, 1995.This series is so good that I keep trying to sneak one in every once in awhile as I read current titles.Hurricane Andrew is now a memory but when it hit South Florida its devastation had everyone’s attention. This novel, although funny, does hit on the problems brought on by Hurricane Andrew.A pair of newly weds find themselves torn apart as he wants to video, for profit, the devastation. She would prefer the relative safety of the hotel. The pair find themselves smack in the middle of a insurance scam and faced with the crazy characters of Carl Hiaasen, to say nothing of the wild animals let loose by the Hurricane.The novel includes Skink, an ex-governor of Florida who is as eccentric as you can get and his buddy on the Florida Highway Patrol.A very satisfying read that is light and easy and will have you looking for another installment by Carl Hiaasen.

  • Squire
    2019-03-20 09:42

    I've been making an attempt to get around to some GR friend requests this year and this is #8 for this year. The variety of authors I've read this year has been greater than any I've encountered in a long time. This is the latest one.A crazy cast of characters all entering Florida during and after a hurricane. The dark and twisted hilarious and satirical nature of the novel is offset by its preachiness over environmental concerns which have grown stale for me and it's predictibility. Hiaasen's desire to get rid of the tourists from Florida is fine by me (one visit was enough to convince me I didn't want to go back). But Hiassen's clever and witty take-no-prisoners style is very worthy of a loyal following.I've never read a Hiaasen book and it seems that this is #3 of a series. I don't like to start in the middle of a series and maybe that had something to do with my enjoyment of the book--this may not have been a good one to start Hiassen with (and if I had made the connection between Hiaasen and the abysmal movie Striptease, I may never have picked up a Hiaasen book and that would have been a shame). But I did notice that Native Tongue is on my paperback shelves, and that's #2 in the series--maybe I'll give the whole series a try one day.

  • H. P. Reed
    2019-02-28 04:37

    If the Writer Fairy, dressed in sparkly chinos, tube top, ruby tiara and plaid sneakers, bebopped her way into my bedroom and asked me, "Who d'ya wanna write like?" I think I'd vacillate between Reginald Hill and Carl Hiaasen. But before she bonked me with the ruby magic wand, I'd likely settle on Hiaasen. Why, when he's so often formulaic? Because his formulae make me laugh, that's why. His prose is crisp and funny. His characters are odd, spooky and funny. His plot twists are improbable and funny. I'm grateful for the funny, which is entirely subjective. So you may not like his books. Me, I love this book. I love Skink, though I have no desire to be in his vicinity. I cheer for Skink's sense of justice, his middle finger salute to the destroyers of Nature, his contempt for modern uglifiers of landscapes and his violent reactions to con artists. And I will keep on loving him - at a distance. So any time you're ready WF, swing that ruby wand this way.

  • Mike
    2019-03-21 03:51

    A major hurricane (Andrew?) hits near Miami and Hiaasen has a lot of fun with the aftermath. His cast of characters is perfect, a mix of grifters, clueless tourists, overworked cops, hookers, hobos with a past, building industry cheaters, insurance adjusters on the take and straight, criminals, etc. High quotient of smiling with a few chuckles thrown in. Mindless entertainment but lots of clever writing and twists keep you in the plot. Solid entertainment from every one of his books so far.

  • Rand Rhody
    2019-02-25 04:59

    For a break from somber literature, I can always count on Hiaasen to deliver a humorous page-turner, a guilty pleasure of wacky characters and their flawed motives. Great entertainment, good-natured satire of human foibles.A timely read, just weeks after Hurricane Irma. He captures perfectly the hucksters, swindlers, looters, and opportunists swooping in to profit from misfortune.

  • Juliana
    2019-02-25 02:52

    I read a Hiaasen every year. No one has a better set of Florida man characters.

  • Wynne McLaughlin
    2019-03-12 09:44

    The first Hiaasen novel I ever read, and one of my favorites. (Hurricane Irma keeps making me think of scenes from it!)

  • Janet
    2019-03-18 08:01

    Another great book by Hiaasen. This might be my favorite.

  • Anna Peace
    2019-03-18 09:54

    Loved this book! There were a couple of characters I would have loved to have read more about and, fortunately, Carl Hiaasen wrote a book about one of them. You want to keep reading to find out what happens. I couldn't put it down!

  • Eric_W
    2019-02-23 02:49

    Virtually everyone and everything is corrupt, except perhaps the deranged ex-governor of the state, in Carl Hiaasen's marvelously funny Stormy Weather. Bonnie and Max Lamb are on their honeymoon at Disney World when the one-hundred year hurricane hits. Max, being a good red-blooded American, immediately grabs his video camera and heads for the path of destruction to tape all the gore and devastation. Bonnie is not happy, feeling this is somehow disrespectful, but when Max is kidnapped by Skink, the ex-governor, who had tied himself to a bridge to enjoy the storm, and Max uses the phone calls allowed him by his abductor to phone his firm and check up on his advertising accounts, Bonnie begins to reexamine her new marriage. Especially, after she meets Augustine, the wealthy survivor of a plane crash, who had inherited his uncle's wild animal zoo. The wild animals, released during the fury of the storm, proceed to wreak havoc on some of the low-lives who populate the novel. And there are plenty of them, from the building inspectors who hadn't examined the buildings they had certified as windproof, to the salesman who sold the homes knowing they were unsafe, to the county prosecutor literally caught with his pants down in a compromising position. Hiaasen makes scornful fun of Florida society. Ultimately, it's the ex-governor who may be the sanest of the bunch. Here's an example of Hiaasen's wit. He's describing seven missionaries from the Church of the High Pentecostal Rumination who immediately proceed to Miami after the hurricane as they make a practice of witnessing to all natural disasters. "Every morning, the missionaries preached, consoled and distributed pamphlets. Then they stood in line for free army lunches at the tent city, and returned to the motel for two hours of quiet contemplation and gin rummy. The Ramada offered free cable TV, which allowed the Ruminators to view a half dozen different religious broadcasts at any time of the day. One afternoon,in the absence of a pure Pentecostal preacher, they settled on Pat Robertson and the 700 Club. The Ruminators didn't share Robertson's paranoid world view, but they admired his life-or-death style of fund-raising and hoped to pick up some pointers." Another episode concerns a father's despair for his son, a notoriously inept hunter. The father resolves to give up trying to teach h is son the more subtle hunting techniques, particularly after th e son mistakes a bald eagle for some less illegal bird and blows his father's left ear off. The son is captivated by the hurricane, for it has turned loose hundreds of cattle and other farm animals into a land formerly devoid of animals worth hunting. Unfortunately, he mistakes a Cape Buffalo from the wild animal farm for a cow .... A wild, hysterical romp through society's peccadilloes.

  • Algernon
    2019-02-18 07:52

    My first Carl Hiaasen read, and it's a good one. Quite hilarious if you don't stop to analyze too deep why you are laughing. The book is about the aftermath of a devastating Florida hurricane, with about 150000 homes destroyed, loss of life and property. It's actually a major tragedy, but I guess "everything is funny, as long as it happens to somebody else" . The first reference that came to mind while readingStormy Weatheris the movie "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World" . I actually checked on imdb to see if the author wasn't credited for the script, but no: the movie is from 1963. But not much has changed when it comes to human nature in the face of greed.The actual hurricane is dealt with in the text within the first two chapters, and it happens mostly offstage. The focus of the story is on what happens after disaster strikes. You'd think it's the perfect moment to give thanks to the deity of your choice for being alive, roll out your sleeves and give a helping hand to the less fortunate. But for some people this is an opportunity not to be missed and an unsavoury crowd descends on the scene with an eye for a quick profit and a gullible customer: low-life hustlers, slick-talking scammers and cold-blooded opportunists, not to mention pure gangsters and thugs The merit of Carl Hiaasen is to balance these distasteful creatures with a few good men and women, giving the book a welcome counterpoint to redeem a shaken faith in humanity. I also suspect the author, beside a great sense of comedic timing, is great believer in Kharma, as in payback is sweet and crime doesn't pay. I actually cheered everytime one of the scoundrels gets his behind kicked.My favorite character by far is Captain Skink - the toad smoking eco warrior who thinks tourists are the ultimate pest in any given location, has a great cooking line in roadkill, quotes from Henry Miller and has renounced civilization to live among the alligators and snakes of the Everglades. I wonder if he appears in other books by the author (edit: I checked and he does). I guess I have to read more from him. From the bad guys I actually liked the golddigger who is on the prowl for one of the Kennedy boys and who never gives up hope for a good, profitable scam.The book is not without problems : it lacks an actual mystery and a coherent storyline. Quite a lot of the book feels like a series of anecdotes loosely stringed together. In order to bring the numerous characters in contact with one another there are a lot of fortuitous coincidences, so many of them it gives the plot a staged / scripted feel. But I'm willing to forgive a lot for the sheer amount of funny mayhem unleashed here.

  • Richard Levine
    2019-03-16 04:50

    Knowing of Carl Hiassen's reputation, I picked up Stormy Weather as fun vacation reading on a trip to Florida, and I was not disappointed by this hilarious, rollicking satire of southern Florida in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane. The plot is way too complicated for me to even attempt to summarize, and the novel is filled with a seemingly unending series of bizarre and often unpleasant, if not downright repulsive, characters. But it is a really funny book. Hiassen is not only a keen satirist, but clearly a moralist as well; one of his specialties is finding comically inventive and poetically just ways for his characters to meet a fitting end. Not sure how many more of his books I will want to read, as I suspect that he repeats his formula and themes, but I enjoyed the hell out of this one and am glad I read it.

  • Jay
    2019-02-24 04:01

    South Florida is its own uniquely twisted universe. Other than the late Charles Willeford ("Miami Blues"), no one captures this world more accurately, vividly and hilariously in fiction than Carl Hiaasen. "Stormy Weather", written in 1995, is the zanier side of the truly horrific Hurricane Andrew, a vicious satire of the darker side of my adopted Sunshine State, a poke in the eye of the public "servants" and developers who built (or allowed) a world of match-stick and balsa wood homes, and those who sought to profit from it. (The only writer who could get away with this and not be accused, rightfully, of consummate bad taste, is Hiassen.) "Andy" as we all know unceremoniously turned over a large "rock" called called Dade County (now Miami-Dade). From under said "rock" and toward same all manner of predatory, unsavory, corrupt and otherwise colorful creatures, masquerading as human beings, scurried and hurried in the thousands looking to pull the brass ring of easy money from a shocked and traumatized local citizenry. Hiaasen's ensemble cast in this novel is one of his better and more memorable. Where to begin? A semi-feral, road-kill-eating, swamp-dwelling, poison toad sweat ("raw DMT")-smoking, Henry Miller-quoting ex-governor of the State known as "Captain"; a sexy brunette, down on her luck from an unsuccessful campaign to seduce and blackmail a Kennedy clan member; a crooked-jawed, ex-con "Poster Boy for TMJ" named "Snapper" (you have to laugh); an obnoxious and obsessed advertising exec and his new bride caught up in the "adventure" of the hurricane disaster; a skull juggling ex-law student; two needy and yapping miniature dachshunds named "Donald and Marla," (the "needy and yapping" part is still going strong, 20 years later); an Asian scorpion named "Mortimer"; and other perfectly-believeable supporting characters of various eccentric and fetching attributes. All come together, including the name-sake dachshunds, by various twists of "coincidence" to turn a botched insurance scam, a bizarre abduction and a tragic natural catastrophe into high adventure and scathing satire at every turn.This is an irreverent, deftly imagined and executed novel, full of good writing, great dialog and sustained movement. If you want to know how to put a novel together seamlessly (as well as enjoy a great read), "Stormy Weather" fills the bill. I couldn't put it down.

  • Aiya
    2019-02-23 08:53

    This was my first Carl Hiaasen novel and the one that got me hooked on reading his work. A terrible hurricane has just blown through Florida and. in its wake, a cast of characters few writers other than Hiaasen could put together find their lives turned upside down.Full of twists, turns, tight suspense and laugh-out-loud moments, this is everything Hiaasen readers have come to expect.

  • Juli
    2019-02-23 04:03

    3.75, not quite a 4. Once again the absurdity of the character Skink kept me interested and laughing. The only reason I didn’t go up to a four, was that the story topic didn’t interest me as much as others. I really enjoy Hiaasen’s writing style and the way he describes characters and settings. Bring on Skink #3.

  • Rachel
    2019-02-24 05:41

    Usually I start reviews with a brief plot summary, but I'm not even sure how to sum this one up. The story takes place in the immediate aftermath of a hurricane that has hit Florida, and hard -- that part is easy enough. But against this backdrop Hiaasen sketches a tale that could only take place in one of his novels. With the normal social boundaries washed away by the storm, Florida becomes a land of chaos, and Hiaasen's characters reveal very interesting aspects of human nature.In an initial reading, this book may seem to be little more than fluff reading. The plot and characters are sufficiently quirky to mask any deeper purpose to the text, and certainly it is possible to read the book without an eye toward anything other than sheer amusement and a crazy frolic through the Florida wilderness. But the true richness of the text lies in Hiaasen's quick wit and dark humor, and his only slightly satirical portrayal of characters who are oddly similar to some rather prominent social and political figures of real life. His satire and social commentary are right on the mark, and offer an amusing but challenging look at people and their tendencies.From what I've read, the plot and characters are fairly formulaic for Hiaasen. But it's a fun story nevertheless, and Hiaasen is certainly worth a try for those who haven't read his novels before.

  • Cat Ellington
    2019-03-21 07:47

    Personally, I cannot even think of Carl Hiaasen's name without busting up in laughter. The exceptional novelist is genuinely gifted beyond words. Because he has that wonderfully unique and witty way of combining serious social matters with just the right amount of hilarity. And I truly believe that, for this very reason, he has become a legendary cult novelist. In yet another of his appreciable efforts, Stormy Weather, the plot revolves around two newlyweds (Max and Bonnie), a former Florida governor (the enigma, "Skink"), a female con artist partnered with a male ex-con (Edie and "Snapper"), a mobile home salesman (Tony), Tony's estranged wife (Neria), a roamer (Augustine), ... And a monkey. Set in Florida (as are all of Hiaasen's novels), the plot unfolds in the topsy-turvy aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, when the disparate cast of characters find themselves intertwined—either directly or indirectly—by way of insurance scams, street battles, corruption in government, frenzied tourists, a wild, full-grown man-eating lion on the loose, as well as a bit more of the chaotic like. Stormy Weather is one sick and uproarious read! It is extremely well-written, unputdownable, and undoubtedly one of Hiaasen's best. Five-star worthy!