Squeeze Me

Squeeze Me

A Novel

Book - 2020 | First edition.
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"From the best-selling author of Skinny Dip and Razor Girl, a new novel that captures the Trump era with Hiaasen's inimitable savage humor and wonderful, eccentric characters. A surefire best seller. Carl Hiaasen's Squeeze Me is set among the landed gentry of Palm Beach. A prominent high-society matron--who happens to be a fierce supporter of the President and founding member of the POTUSSIES--has gone missing at a swank gala. When the wealthy dowager Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons is later found dead in a concrete grave, panic and chaos erupt. The President immediately declares that Kiki Pew was the victim of rampaging immigrant hordes. This, as it turns out, is far from the truth. Meanwhile, a bizarre discovery in the middle of the road brings the First Lady's motorcade to a grinding halt (followed by some grinding between the First Lady and a lovestruck Secret Service agent). Enter Angie Armstrong, wildlife wrangler extraordinaire, who arrives at her own conclusions after she is summoned to the posh island to deal with a mysterious and impolite influx of huge, hungry pythons . . . Completely of the moment, full of vim and vigor, and as irreverent as can be, Squeeze Me is pure, unadulterated Hiaasen"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524733452
Branch Call Number: FIC HIAASEN, C.
Characteristics: 335 pages ; 25 cm

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selfishgiant
Dec 28, 2020

Globe 100 2020. Best book by funniest writers of crime fiction. Politics in Florida in age of Trump.

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Sue00123
Dec 27, 2020

Hiaasen is back! With colorful and familiar characters in timely new predicaments, this may be his best ever. All other delights aside, his descriptions of the First Couple provoke whoops of laughter in every chapter.

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JLMason
Dec 18, 2020

With typical Hiaasen hilarity and wit, Squeeze Me gleefully disparages the Palm Beach set, including a certain unnamed POTUS at his Casa Bellicosa compound. LOL funny and wonderfully ridiculous.

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BARosen1112
Nov 21, 2020

Carl Hiassen has been skewering Florida developers, politicians and hurricane repair scammers for decades, and this time he adds to the mix a very Trump-like POTUS with the Secret Service code name of "Mastodon." He is not identified by any other name, but descriptions of his hair, his tanning habits and his lack of intelligence (he wants the Secret Service to take him to the National Zoo so he can see a "real mastodon") make clear who the model is. The main story revolves around an 18 foot python that has swallowed one of Mastodon's cult-like followers, and the efforts of animal relocation specialist Angela ("call me 'Angie'") to find out who is behind what becomes a series of python attack while helping clear a recent illegal immigrant, Diego, who is wrongfully accused of killing Mastodon's follower. But Mastodon has turned Diego into part of his crusade to scapegoat immigrants, leading chants of "NO MORE DIEGOS!", and . . . well, you get the idea. Hiassen who is a very funny writer, is at his best here - unless you're a Trump cult follower. If you're not, though, this is highly recommended.

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TheresaAJ
Nov 09, 2020

Hiassen returns to his old haunts in south Florida to give us his take on a Trump-like presidency. When Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons, a wealthy donor, is found dead in a concrete grave on a construction site, the case becomes a platform for a "hunt down all illegal immigrants" campaign by Mastodon, the Secret Service code name for the President. As local law enforcement and Angela Armstrong, a local wildlife wrangler, become involved in the case to find the true murderers, the trail becomes even more twisted. The ensuing chaos and dirty tricks gives Hiassen a perfect platform to give the reader a hefty dose of his dark, often satirical, humor on current American politics.

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CarolynLaPerriere
Nov 08, 2020

I tried to listen to it, but 19 minutes of one dimensional poorly developed characters intended to push a political ideology just wasn't doing it for me. If you subscribe to a very specific ideology and love being pandered to, it's your book. If you want entertainment and a fun escape look elsewhere.

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peacebenow
Oct 24, 2020

Great Carl Hiaasen w/ a story real close to our current President. Can't look at trump now w/o thinking of singed hair and orange face. I think the book could have ended halfway through but I kept going til the end. Lots of creepy characters in the trump world and happy to have them made fun of right til the end!

Tigard_HollyCP Oct 18, 2020

I absolutely love Carl Hiaasen, and this book did not disappoint! Like many of his others, this one is a mystery with an environmental bent and some of the quirkiest characters. Angie Armstrong is trained as a vet but after spending a stint in prison for feeding a poacher's hand to an crocodile, she is the proud owner of the humane pest management business, Discreet Captures. After a self-proclaimed Potussie (short for POTUS P*ssies) disappears from a rich ladies' fundraiser, Angie finds herself entangled in a case involving the invasive pythons in Florida. This book is laugh-out-loud funny.

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calisuni1
Sep 15, 2020

Hilarious Hiaasen, as always. So happy he wrote this. A great tale for this crazy and disastrous political climate; the satire was needed to lighten up the current chaotic reality.

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brangwinn
Aug 30, 2020

Well, if you ever wondered if the Florida newspaper reporter and prolific author of books about the characters of Florida, Carl Hiaasen, will ever be invited to Mar-a-largo, the answer is NO. He had definitely joined the group of people the President considered “losers” because of this book. Palm Beach and its constituency of rich conservatives is perfect fodder for Hiaasen. Add in the winter White House and pythons, you have got another funny Hiaasen social commentary. Now the President and First Lady are never named. They go by their Secret Service names of “Mastodon” and “Mockingbird” and Mar-a-largo has ben renamed Casa Bellicosa, but if #45 ever read the book, even he’d be able to figure out who was “Mastodon”. Yes, there is a plot, but who reads a Hiaasen book for the plot. This is character driven writing at its best.

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