Squeeze Me

Version: Unabridged
Author: Carl Hiaasen
Narrator: Scott Brick
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: August 2020
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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Overview

A New York Times Bestseller

'If you could use some wild escapism right now, Hiaasen is your guy. In its themes and its wild imagination, Squeeze Me offers some familiar pleasures, akin to a Greatest Hits collection. Anyone who's read him will know what a prime recommendation that is . . . Angie is a tonic, as Hiaasen's heroines tend to be.' --Janet Maslin, The New York Times

From the best-selling author of Skinny Dip and Razor Girl, a hilarious new novel of social and political intrigue, set against the glittering backdrop of Florida's gold coast.

It's the height of the Palm Beach charity ball season: for every disease or cause, there's a reason for the local luminaries to eat (minimally), drink (maximally), and be seen. But when a prominent high-society dowager suddenly vanishes during a swank gala, and is later found dead in a concrete grave, panic and chaos erupt. Kiki Pew was notable not just for her wealth and her jewels--she was an ardent fan of the Winter White House resident just down the road, and a founding member of the POTUSSIES, a group of women dedicated to supporting their President. Never one to miss an opportunity to play to his base, the President immediately declares that Kiki was the victim of rampaging immigrant hordes. This, it turns out, is far from the truth.

The truth might just lie in the middle of the highway, where a bizarre discovery brings the First Lady's motorcade to a grinding halt (followed by some grinding between the First Lady and a love-struck Secret Service agent). Enter Angie Armstrong, wildlife wrangler extraordinaire, who arrives at her own conclusions after she is summoned to the posh island to deal with a mysterious and impolite influx of huge, hungry pythons . . .

Carl Hiaasen can brighten even the darkest of days and Squeeze Me is pure, unadulterated Hiaasen. Irreverent, ingenious, and highly entertaining, Squeeze Me perfectly captures the absurdity of our times.

Reviews (6)

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Written by Donna R. on October 20th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Does not disappoint.

Written by Deborah C. on October 11th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This will be the last Car Hiaasen book for me. Too political!

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Written by Diana L. on September 23rd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Absolutely hilarious! As a German I‘m glad that our head of state doesn‘t give so much way for inspiration. ;)

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Written by Anonymous on September 11th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Always a pleasure.

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Written by James K. on August 31st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Carl Hiassen never disappoints. "Squeeze Me" is wonderful to listen to and I can, as a former long term Floridian, able to see Palm Beach as it kind of really is. I love the reoccurrence of the governor's driver Jim and the fugitive governor Skink. Highly recommend.

Written by Chuck T on August 27th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I love his books. This one was disappointing. The plot was weak. It seemed as if he rushed the book, just to get it out. Hope the next one is better.

Author Details

Author Details

Hiaasen, Carl

Carl Hiaasen has been writing about Florida since his father gave him a typewriter at age six. Back then, he wrote hunt-and-peck stories about neighborhood kickball and softball games. Today, Hiaasen is the author of many bestselling novels, including Basket Case and Skinny Dip. Hiaasen's novels have been published in 29 languages, which is 28 more than he can read or write!

In addition to writing novels, Hiaasen also writes a newspaper column for The Miami Herald, and he has published two collections of his columns. How does he balance writing the newspaper columns and the novels? "Easy," Hiaasen said. "You write every waking hour and have no life. Actually, the jobs complement each other. In a place as wild as South Florida, true-life events are almost too big and too weird to be dealt with appropriately in a newspaper. The journalism feeds the imagination, which feeds the fiction. As for keeping a schedule, it's pretty simple: Two days a week I write for The Miami Herald, and the rest of the time I'm working on novels or magazine articles. Or fishing."

Hoot, Hiaasen's first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor. The movie version of Hoot hit U.S. theaters May 2006.