I finished this book the other night. This was the first book I had read by Carl Hiaasen and I liked it. A mystery comedy romance, all in one. I am definitely going to read more of his books. His newest one just came out called "Nature Girl."
You start rooting immediately for Joey after she is thrown off a cruise ship by her horrible husband Chaz. But it's the more minor characters who are memorable (like Janet Evanovich's). Tool, the bear-like "bodyguard" who is convincingly described and whose change of heart is wonderful; Maureen, the 80-something cancer patient who starts Tool's reformation; Medea, the hippie lover of Chaz who proves that she won't stand for any crap; Corbett Wheeler, Joey's sheep farmer brother; and the Captain, one-eyed mad hermit of the Everglades. There are some great comic scenes, particularly with Rolvaag's encounters with his mad, dog-loving neighbors (he owns two pythons of whom the residents of his building are terrified), and Chaz's attempts to get laid after Joey's "death."
Hiassen has a way of making the punishment fit the crime. Lives unravel, love is found, money changes hands, and I was entertained all the way. Who could ask for anything more?