Carl Hiaasen is back with a new adult novel that is oh-so-timely and sure to be a huge hit. Hiaasen’s decided to take on the upscale Palm Beach community in South Florida. It’s LOL funny right from the get-go.
When I saw the title I thought maybe it would be about oranges. After all, oranges are big here in Florida. When I realized the squeezing part of the title actually alluded to the outrageous number of invading pythons mostly in the Everglades, well, gulp, that sure did put a different light on things.
Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons might have been one of the wealthiest dowagers in Palm Beach , Florida, but she was the most unlucky woman period on the night she disappeared on the grounds of a swanky country club during a serious fund-raising gala. She’d taken her martini outside for a break. And that was that. No more Kiki Pew. Gone. Disappeared.
Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons was a huge Trump supporter and the founder of the POTUSSIES, a group of women staunchly in support of their leader. They all had deep pockets and no problem supporting his cause. They were often seen enjoying events at Trump’s mansion nearby. So when our fearless leader was informed that Kiki Pew had disappeared he immediately did what he does best: blamed it on the immigrant hordes. Of course, this is not what actually happened. But you can see where this might be going.
While everyone on the grounds of the club are searching wildly for a body, a huge python is spotted on the limb of a tree near the pond . Call for back up. And that is how Angie Anderson entered this story. Angie is a wildlife relocation specialist and they had to get this offensive snake off these grounds before important people saw it. Angie overheard them all chattering about a missing person. Then she looked spotted the snake lounging on a limb of a tree where she sees the unmistakeable lump inside the body . And that is how we discover where Kiki ended up. But this is just the beginning.
Everything weird seems to find its way to Florida. We do have an influx of dangerous huge Burmese pythons living in and around the Everglades these days. In fact, each year there are times hunters are sent to capture them. They are taking over the Everglades and eating all the birds and small wildlife and everything else. This is true. So for Hiaasen to stick pythons into this story is brilliant. A bit creepy but, brilliant.
Everyone knows our president has a home in Palm Beach . And he does visit as often as he can. Sometimes the first lady comes along. In SQUEEZE ME Hiaasen takes us over the top and uses his wild kind of humor to bring us a novel to squeeze us a bit out of our comfort zones. And he sure had me out of mine.
This fabulous satire brings back one of Hiaasen’s most beloved characters: Skink, the former governor of Florida who’s been living in The Everglades as a hermit for years. He’s definitely my favorite. I was filled with joy when he reappeared. And I was not disappointed.
Thank you Carl Hiaasen for giving us so much rich entertainment in these challenging times. And please keep bringing back Skink.
I read SQUEEZE ME on my ipad available early through Edelweiss.
Copperfish Books will be offering SQUEEZE ME discounted at 20% beginning tomorrow when it becomes available to the public.