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Saturday, October 24, 2015
Skink - No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
When Richard's cousin Malley disappears the family finds out that she has run away with a man she met on the Internet to avoid going to a boarding school. No one is happy but Richard believes she is in danger and is determined to find her. While sitting on the beach one night a man emerges from the sand next him where he has been waiting to catch someone disturbing turtle eggs. This odd man, Skink, is a ragged, one-eyed survivalist who used to be the governor of Florida and he seems to be exactly the person Richard needs to help find Malley.
I generally like Hiassen's quirky characters and environmental stories but this one went over the top for me which is strange to say since most of his books are fairly out there. I couldn't muster up much sympathy for Malley nor did I find Skink to be believable even taking into account that he is supposed to be a little unbelievable.