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Skin Tight

Hiaasen, Carl
A plastic surgeon mucks up operations and murders. Interesting prosthetic hand in this one.

QUOTE:

"Where's the bubble?" he said. "Smack dab in the center." "Right," Stranahan said. "See--they're lined up perfectly."

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10/2000

Skink No Surrender

Hiaasen, Carl
Mallory runs away from home, her friend Richard meets Skink and they team up to find her. A "teen"-downed story, pretty good, a little slow near the end, good ending, though.

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10/2015

Skinny Dip

Hiaasen, Carl
Woman survives murder attempt by husband, gets back at him. Swamps, snakes, gators, and a large hairy guy.

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11/2004

Star Island

Hiaasen, Carl
Untalented pop star Cherry Pye falls to revive a faltering career. No one loses a limb to a Floridian animal in THIS book, although one guy gets shot in the butt.

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11/2010

Stormy Weather

Hiaasen, Carl
Big hurricane wipes out a goodly portion of Florida.

QUOTE:

"Accept no imitations"

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4/2000

Striptease

Hiaasen, Carl
"Funny as hell.", "Hilarious..." say the blurbs. I was roused to laughter only five times. On pages 170, 287, 260, 364 and 414 of the paperback edition. Never the less, it was entertaining so I am going to try his other books.

QUOTE:

"This is a classy operation,... didn't you notice the napkins?"

BONUS QUOTE:

...Shad...was... reading a large-print edition of The Plague by Albert Camus. The book made Shad feel slightly better about living in South Florida.

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2/2000

Tourist Season

Hiaasen, Carl
A newspaper man comes up with a solution to the tourist problem in Florida.

QUOTE:

With a shift in economic fortunes Wilson had been forced to quit shooting heroin, so he'd turned to reading in his spare time.

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2/2000

Trap Line

Hiaasen, Carl and Bill Montalbano
A crawdad fisherman in Florida (imagine that!) has problems drug smugglers and the law.

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11/2000

The Eyeball collector

Higgins, P. E.
Hector swears revenge on the man with one eye (and a big nose) who blackmails his father, causing him to die of a heart attack. Very good, now I have to read the rest of the related books!

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12/2009

The Boy Who Followed Ripley

Highsmith, Patricia
Ripley meets an American lad who has run away from home and ended up in France. My second Ripley book, I rather found this one better than the first.

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12/2012

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Highsmith, Patricia
I could only find this book in a collection "Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s". It was so ungodly LONG that I'm entering as a separate entry! Since the collection contained four other NOVELS, one can assume the print was rather tiny. It was. I didn't much care for this book, and do not intend to read any others in the Ripliad. There were 340-odd pages of, did I mention it, TINY, print? I didn't feel any sympathy for any of the characters. About eight pages from the end, just before Ripley boards the Hellenes, he mentions THREE murders. I only remember two. I'm sure I just missed the point of the sentence. Hadas recommended this book. I don't hold it against her, though, it just didn't work for me.

Words I Had To Look Up:

celeri remoulade -- a type of salad. (op cit, pg. 175)

faute de mieux -- for lack of something better. (ibid, pg 202)

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6/2007

Hunting Badger

Hillerman, Tony
Chee and Leaphorn looks for three guys who robbed a casino.

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1/2001

Shape-shifter

Hillerman, Tony
Joe Leaphorn investigates a rug that was supposed to have been burned a few years ago. Good story. I WAS confused when the gift box of cherries made their appearance on page 199. I cannot find any reference to it before that, and I LOOKED!!

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2/2007

Sinister Pig

Hillerman, Tony
Bernie becomes a Customs agent. A satisfying story, but not overly complicated. Chee finally gets his stuff sorted out.

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12/2003

Skeleton Man

Hillerman, Tony
Jim Chee goes into the Grand Canyon to search for diamonds from an airliner mid-air collision back in 1956. Dup entry under last name of Tony.

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5/2005

The Fallen Man

Hillerman, Tony
Another good mystery set in the Navajo nation. I got a little confused though.

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7/1998

The First Eagle

Hillerman, Tony
Jim Chee investigates a policeman's death, Joe Leaphorn searches for a missing fleacatcher. Curiously these come across as "clean air", while the Lovejoy books seem so dark.

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2/1999

The Wailing Wind

Hillerman, Tony
Chee and a retired Leaphorn look for clues in a tragic story of a lost gold mine, murder, and a missing wife. Very good.

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12/2002

Lost Horizon

Hilton, James
The classic story of four people who end up in the remote valley in Tibet at the Shangri-La monastery. Non a lot of action, and I was depressed at the end. I wonder how the movie versions came out?

Words I Had To Look Up:

esplanade (pg. 17) -- A long stretch of open level ground (paved or grassy) for walking beside the seashore
quia impossibile est (pg. 19) -- From the Tertullian quote, which freely translates as "It is certain, because it is impossible."
cantonments (pg. 24) -- A temporary or semi-permanent military quarters.
laconic (pg. 34) -- Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.
leitmotif (pg. 45) -- A melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation. A dominant recurring theme.
inculcate (pg. 69) -- Teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions.
iniquitous (pg. 75) -- Characterized by iniquity; wicked.
convolvulus (pg. 91) -- Any of a genus (Convolvulus) of erect, trailing, or twining herbs and shrubs of the morning-glory family.
chiaroscuro (pg. 119) -- Pictorial representation in terms of light and shade without regard to color.
illimitably (pg. 177) -- Incapable of being limited or bounded, measureless.
altiplano (pg. 177) -- A high plateau or plain.

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3/2009

The Darkest Path

Hirsch, Jeff
Set in the near future, a boy escapes from a military/cult group that has taken over several states and is poised to defeat the government.

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12/2014
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[Abadzis- Alcott] [Alcott- Anderson] [Andreae- Atkinson] [Atkinson- Ballard] [Balliett- Barnard] [Barnard- Barnhill] [Barr- Barr] [Barrows- Bear] [Bear- Beaton] [Beaton- Beattie] [Beattie, editor- Black] [Black- Block] [Block- Borchert] [Bosch- Brennert] [Brillant- Bryson] [Bryson- Bujold] [Bujold- Card] [Card- Card] [Card- Chabon] [Chabon- Clancy] [Clancy- Cline] [Coakley- Cohen] [Cohen- Collins] [Collins- Connelly] [Connelly- Constantine] [Constantine- Cornwell] [Cornwell- Crais] [Crais- Crombie] [Cronley- Cussler] [Cussler- Dashner] [Dashner- DiCamillo] [Dick- Doohan] [Dorsey- Drake] [Draper- Elkins] [Elkins- Ephron] [Eszterhas- Fairstein] [Fairstein- Ferris] [Ferris- Flanagan] [Flanagan- Flynn] [Foer- Fox] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Funke] [Funke- Garrigue] [Gash- Goffard] [Going- Grafton] [Grafton- Grant] [Grant- Greenwald] [Greer- Grisham] [Grisham- Haddix] [Haddix- Hall] [Hall- Harris] [Harrison- Heinlein] [Heinlein- Heley] [Heley- Henry] [Henry- Hess] [Hess- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Hirsch] [Hitchcock- Holt] [Holt- Hulme] [Hunter- Jenkins] [Jennings- Kadohata] [Kaminsky- Kandel] [Karr- Kienzle] [Kienzle- Kinney] [Kirby- Kostyal] [Kowal- Larson] [Larson- Leckie] [Leckie- Leonard] [Leonard- Lewis] [Lichtman- Lowry] [Lowry- MacAvoy] [MacDonald- Manley] [Marcinko- Martini] [Martini- Mazer] [McBain- McCarthy] [McCaughrean- McDevitt] [McDonald- Meyer] [Meyer- Moody] [Moon- Mosley] [Mosley- Nicholson] [Nicholson- Norton] [Norton- O'Brian] [O'Brian- O'Rourke] [Oates- Paretsky] [Paretsky- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Patterson] [Patterson- Peacock] [Pears- Perry] [Perry- Pohl] [Pohl- Poyer] [Poyer- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pronzini] [Pronzini- Pullman] [Pullman- Reeve] [Reeve- Riggs] [Ringo- Robinson] [Rodman- Rucka] [Rucka- Sachar] [Sachar- Scalzi] [Scalzi- Scott] [Scott- Scottoline] [Sebold- Shields] [Shriver- Sloan] [Sloan- Soto] [Soto- Stark] [Stark- Stephenson] [Stern- Stroud] [Stroud- Tappy] [Tappyly- Townsend] [Tracy- Updale] [Urban- Vance] [Vance- Walter] [Wambaugh- Westerman] [Westerman- Westlake] [Westlake- Wodehouse] [Wodehouse- Yelchin] [Yep- Zusak] 

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