My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book #33 for 2014
As usual for Hiaasen, this was bizarrely and somewhat crudely entertaining. I have never seen the movie, so I don’t know how it compares, but it sounds like it stayed pretty true to the book. I tried to envision Demi Moore in the lead role but it didn’t work. Oddly enough, my brain kept trying to cast Ving Rhames as Shad (who is white in the book), even before I found out he played Shad in the movie.
A few things rubbed me the wrong way, such as Hiaasen’s assumption that all of Montana is a rural backwater full of uneducated and unprofessional hicks. But most of the time I was awed by his gift for juggling so many subplots and putting his characters in such zany predicaments. He also has a way of juxtaposing pathos with hilarity that really appeals to my dark sense of humor.
Hiaasen is definitely not for everybody, but if you like your crime fiction seedy and off-the-wall, I would recommend giving this one a try.