Sunday, February 07, 2010

Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen

Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen

Erin dances at a strip club to pay her lawyer bills. She's in the middle of a custody battle with her ex for her daughter. Making friends with the other dancers and the bouncer makes Erin's job slightly more enjoyable, until a US congressman comes in for a dance and begins beating a bachelor over the head with a champagne bottle.

Recognizing the congressman to be David Dilbreck, three people try to blackmail him in exchange for their silence. All turn up dead. Dilbreck is oblivious to these problems though, as he has fallen in love with Erin and wants her to dance for him. A bunch of different characters are involved in the fiasco, each bringing their own crazy problems to the novel.

This was a fun book to read and I'm surprised it's taken me this long to read a Hiaasen book. The quirky characters made me chuckle and wonder how they got themselves into the situation and how they were going to get out of it. For all of the character build up, however, I felt let down by the ending. While everything was resolved, I felt like it wasn't what the characters deserved.

First Line: "On the night of September sixth, the eve of Paul Guber's wedding, his buddies took him to a strip joint near Fort Lauderdale for a bachelor party."



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