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Squeeze Me

Crimefest Last Laugh Award, 2021

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780751581829

Price: £8.99

ON SALE: 10th September 2020

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

‘Scabrous and unrelentingly hilarious . . . the Trump era is truly Carl Hiaasen’s moment’ WASHINGTON POST

From the bestselling author of Bad Monkey and Razor Girl comes this hilarious new novel of social and political intrigue, set against the glittering backdrop of Florida’s gold coast.


It’s the height of the Palm Beach charity ball season: for every good cause, there’s a reason for the local luminaries to eat (minimally), drink (maximally), and be seen. But when prominent high-society dowager Kiki Pew suddenly vanishes during a swanky gala, and is later found dead, panic and chaos erupt.

Kiki was an ardent fan of the Winter White House resident just down the road, and a founding member of the POTUSSIES, a group of women dedicated to supporting their President – who immediately declares that Kiki was the victim of rampaging immigrant hordes. This, it turns out, is far from the truth.

The truth might just lie in the middle of the highway, where a bizarre discovery brings the First Lady’s motorcade to a grinding halt. Enter Angie Armstrong, wildlife wrangler extraordinaire, who is summoned to the posh island to deal with a mysterious and impolite influx of huge, hungry pythons . . .

Carl Hiaasen can brighten even the darkest of days and Squeeze Me is pure, unadulterated Hiaasen. Irreverent, ingenious, and highly entertaining, it perfectly captures the absurdity of our times.

‘A comic genius’ EVENING STANDARD

‘He has sky-high standards for elegance, crziness and mic-drop humor’ NEW YORK TIMES

‘He always adds something extra to the mix . . . jauntiness, wit and larger-than-life characters’ SUNDAY EXPRESS

Reviews

Scintillating, driven and very, very funny. Sheer comic genius
Metro
By the evidence of the scabrous and unrelentingly hilarious Squeeze Me, the Trump era is truly Carl Hiaasen's moment
Washington Post
Hiaasen is wondrously fertile in devising fizzing plots and zany characters, but also as a comic prose stylist he can give Wodehouse and Waugh a run for their money
The Sunday Times
Rampagingly funny satire
Kirkus
Splendid satire [...] One of his best
Crime Club
Carl Hiaasen remains the undefeated, unscored-upon conscience of Florida, maybe the conscience of the whole country. I laughed and laughed and laughed while I read Squeeze Me - until I remembered, hey, I live in Palm Beach!
James Patterson
Will have you crying with laughter
Best
If you could use some wild escapism right now, Hiaasen is your guy. In its themes and its wild imagination, Squeeze Me offers some familiar pleasures, akin to a Greatest Hits collection. Anyone who's read him will know what a prime recommendation that is
New York Times
Creating laughter in a tough world may be Hiaasen's hallmark
Independent