Squeeze Me (Paperback)

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Hiaasen is at it again. Whether writing for adults or children, his weird take on life, people and events can make even the most jaded chuckle if not laugh out loud.

As usual, his setting is Florida, and this time he is dealing with a people-eating python. His satire is right on as he relates the ‘goings on’ centering around the residents of the Winter White House. There is no space here to list or describe Hiaasen’s many ludicrous depictions of people and events.  Just think of the First Lady’s affair with a Muslim Secret Service agent, the adoring socialite hard-drinking Trump-loving Potussies (use your imagination here), the malfunctioning tanning bed which you knew was coming eventually, an unlucky Honduran asylum-seeker falsely condemned by the president as a terrorist and murderer of the afore-mentioned python victim. (This part too close to the truth to be funny, but it’s resolved satisfactorily. You just need to have a little black-mail involved.) 

The one bit of sanity is Angie, the wildlife ranger who corrals the culprit python and others. Her clear-thinking and logic are refreshing in the midst of the rest of the insanity. Hiaasen has taken advantage here of the times and put it to good use.

— Sandy


NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER - A hilarious novel of social and political intrigue, set against the glittering backdrop of Florida's gold coast, from the author of Skinny Dip and Razor Girl

"If you could use some wild escapism right now, Hiaasen is your guy." --The New York Times


At the height of Palm Beach's charity ball season, Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons, a prominent member of geriatric high society, suddenly vanishes during a swank gala. Kiki Pew was a founding member of the Potussies, a group of women dedicated to supporting the President, who spends half the year at the "Winter White House" just down the road. Meanwhile, Angie Armstrong, wildlife wrangler extraordinaire, is called to the island to deal with a monster-sized Burmese python that has taken residency in a tree. But the President is focused on the disappearance of Kiki Pew. Never one to miss an opportunity to play to his base, he immediately declares her a victim of rampaging immigrant hordes. This, it turns out, is far from the truth, which now lies in the middle of the road, where a bizarre discovery brings the First Lady's motorcade to a grinding halt. Irreverent, ingenious, and uproariously entertaining, Squeeze Me perfectly captures the absurdity of our times.

About the Author

CARL HIAASEN was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of fourteen previous novels, including the bestsellers Razor Girl, Bad Monkey, Star Island, Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, and Lucky You, and six bestselling children's books, Hoot, Flush, Scat, Chomp, Skink, and Squirm. His most recent work of nonfiction is Dance of the Reptiles, a collection of his columns from the Miami Herald.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525435280
ISBN-10: 052543528X
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Publication Date: May 11th, 2021
Pages: 384
Language: English