Clinton Tyree, aka Skink, makes his latest return to a Carl Hiaasen adult fiction book in Star Island. He is a recurring character in many of Hiaasen's novels, an ex-governor of Florida turned renegade environmental activist/wild hermit. The plot revolves around a self-destructive young-adult starlet, the family and record company that exploits her, and her attempts to thwart their schemes. Skink plays a minor role in this novel, but there are a lot of equally colorful characters along with the usual amount of crazy and failed blackmail and extortion attempts. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a vacation or beach read and who enjoys irreverent Florida fiction about its offbeat, scheming and very peculiar residents. This is indeed a quick read and, if you like it, I’d recommend any of Hiaasen's other fiction books like Tourist Season or Stormy Weather. He's also written some great children's fiction like the Newberry Honor winner Hoot and Scat. If you're looking for similar books, check out Elmore Leonard's Maximum Bob or Dave Barry's Tricky Business.
Gene Barish, Information Services