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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Bobby_George
Feb 24, 2021

This is Carl Hiassen as I remember: fast paced, humorous, absurd, not deep, irreverent, and over the top. Fans of Skink will be rewarded, and those who suffered during the Trump years will enjoy it.

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Agerholm
Feb 24, 2021

If you can watch an episode of Married with Children, and then feel completely satisfied and wonderfully entertained. This book is for you.

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KJP48
Feb 19, 2021

I did enjoy this book, I needed a laugh and got several. He's not subtle, but that's the fun of reading it. If you are just looking for a fun read, nothing deep, you will enjoy it.

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Alpha_zzz
Feb 16, 2021

This had potential. I enjoyed reading about an animal control specialist who re-homes animals (to their more natural habitat). Angie is a spunky gal and her character is fun. However, the book spirals into the author’s political slant and the poked-fun-at politician. With overload in the media about politics and everyone’s take on it, it would have been nice to have just had the story without politics involved. It started getting convoluted to me, so I became disinterested about halfway through.

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jeffr1j
Jan 19, 2021

returned 1/21/2021 - due 1/27

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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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