by Carl Hiaasen
[Goodreads] “Unfortunately, Roy’s first acquaintance in Florida is Dana Matherson, a well-known bully. Then again, if Dana hadn’t been sinking his thumbs into Roy’s temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is intriguing: he was running away from the school bus, carried no books, and-here’s the odd part-wore no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy’s trail. The chase introduces him to potty-trained alligators, a fake-fart champion, some burrowing owls, a renegade eco-avenger, and several extremely poisonous snakes with unnaturally sparkling tails.”
Hiaasen is a seasoned journalist, and his books read as such. He has written some excellent true-to-life thrillers. Flush is the first of his books that I read, and what I love about him is that his passions in life really come through in his work. I mean, the guy has been writing about Florida since he was six! His passion for the environment is the common denominator throughout his books. With Hoot in particular, the lives of the burrowing owls is put in danger after a pancake house wants to plant themselves smack dab on top of their burrows. His settings are seeped with idyllic Florida life, and even though I’ve never been to Florida, Hiaasen seems to represent the many colourful inhabitants of the state with compassion and familiarity.
Fans of Stuart Gibb’s ‘Belly Up’ will be sure to love this.