Book #23: Strip Tease

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We saw a trailer for Hoot last week and it reminded me that I wanted to read some Carl Hiaasen (it did not make me want to see the movie). And lo-and-behold I had Strip Tease lying around.

Is there something in the water down there in Florida? Hiaasen's books seem to be firmly rooted in the Elmore Leonard model -- huge casts of odd characters trying to make their way through the depths of borderline-criminal Florida society. (Come to think of it -- Dave Barry's Big Trouble and Tricky Business were the same -- it must be the water.) But there are much worse models to follow and Hiaasen does a masterful job with this story of the chaos that ensues when a US Congressman tries to defend the honor of a stripper by nearly beating a man to death with a champagne bottle.

Oh, and speaking of movies, I didn't realize until I was nearly done with the book that it had been adapted into the Demi Moore movie of the same title. Was that movie terrible or just lackluster?-- it's been so long since I've seen it that I forget. No matter, the book is neither.