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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carl Hiaasen Narrator: Edward Asner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 9780804149099
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When Palmer Stoat notices the black pickup truck following him on the highway, he fears his precious Range Rover is about to be carjacked. But Twilly Spree, the man tailing Stoat, has vengeance, not sport-utility vehicles, on his mind. Idealistic, independently wealthy, and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly has dedicated himself to saving Florida’s wilderness from runaway destruction. He favors unambiguous political statements –such as torching Jet-Skis or blowing up banks—that leave his human targets shaken but re-educated.

After watching Stoat blithely dump a trail of fast-food litter out the window, Twilly decides to teach him a lesson. Stoat's prized Range Rover becomes home to a horde of hungry dung beetles…which could have been the end to it had Twilly not discovered that Stoat is one of Florida’s cockiest and most powerful political fixers, whose latest project is building shopping malls on a pristine Gulf Coast island. Now the real Hiaasen-variety fun begins…

Dognapping eco-terrorists, bogus big-time hunters, a Republicans-only hooker, an infamous ex-governor who’s gone back to nature, thousands of singing toads, and a Labrador retriever—these are only some of the denizens of Carl Hiaasen’s outrageously funny new novel.

Brilliantly twisted entertainment wrapped around a powerful ecological plea, Sick Puppy gleefully lives up to its title and gives us Hiaasen at his riotous and muckraking best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hiaasen's usual cast of zany characters shows up en masse in Sick Puppy, a frolicking sendup of ecological subterfuge, Florida’s fabled politics and downright human foibles.”

    USA Today

  • “From start to finish, Sick Puppy is a howl.”

    New York Post

  • “A sexy, fast-paced romp.”

    The Financial Times

  • “Carl Hiaasen’s books are so much fun, it's a wonder they're still legal.”


  • “Hiaasen delivers everything his fans want. He’s still funny as hell and mad as hell; his myriad plot twists won't give you a moment’s peace, and his characters are kinkier than anything you could order on late night TV.”

    Miami Herald

  • “A comic romp that is thoroughly enjoyable…[Hiaasen] is considerably more fun to read than Elmore Leonard, but remains, after a decade of writing novels, in that twilight of cult author who's on the verge of being discovered big time. Discover him.”

    Atlanta Journal Constitution

  • “Sick Puppy is Hiaasen at his best.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Hiaasen has done it again with this wacky, wonderful novel.”

  • New York Times Bestseller
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About the Author
Author Carl HiaasenCarl Hiaasen has been writing about Florida since his father gave him a typewriter at age six. Then it was hunt-and-peck stories about neighborhood kickball and softball games. Now Hiaasen writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels, including Sick Puppy and Nature Girl. Hoot, Hiaasen’s first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor. And Flush, his second book for kids, spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list. You can read more about Hiaasen’s work at www.carlhiaasen.com.
About the Narrator

Edward “Ed” Asner is an American actor best known for his Emmy-winning role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, later continued in a spin-off series, Lou Grant. He has made dozens of appearances—including voice-over work—on television shows and has recorded a number of audiobooks.