Plot introduction[ edit ] Set in South Florida in the course of April , it is about a woman, Joey Perrone, who takes revenge on her cheating husband after he has tried to murder her. Skinny Dip refers to the fact that when Joey Perrone is thrown overboard the impact when hitting the surface of the water tears off all her clothes so that on the following morning her rescuer finds her not only completely exhausted but also stark naked. Also, throughout the novel people find themselves in embarrassing situations due to their — occasionally inexplicable — nakedness. Plot summary[ edit ] Charles Regis "Chaz" Perrone, PhD, is a young marine biologist who has devoted his life solely to the lazy pursuit of a hedonistic existence. His insatiable greed drives him to collude with Samuel Johnson "Red" Hammernut, a crooked farm tycoon who owns large vegetable fields in Hendry County , north of the Florida Everglades , which he relentlessly pollutes with fertilizer run-off. However, Chaz is so paranoid that he suddenly fears that she might report him, and begins to meticulously plan a way to murder her.
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The book can be read as a standalone with no problem. In this book, Hiassen concentrates on Everglades pollution. Chaz pretends to test Everglades water samples, makes up fake results, and collects his payoff. Job well done in his own mind! Things start to go bottoms up when Chaz thinks his wife, Joey, has cottoned on to his scam. So Chaz takes Joey on a luxury cruise for their second wedding anniversary, and throws her overboard in the middle of the night.
Meanwhile, Joey - a champion swimmer - has survived. She evaded predatory wildlife, latched onto a bale of marijuana, and drifted toward shore on the Gulf Stream She planned to drive that lowlife Chaz crazy!!
Chaz, convinced he got away with murder, proceeds to live his life. Joey starts her campaign against dirtbag Chaz by hanging a favorite black dress in her now empty closet and leaving a torn photo under his pillow. Chaz is bewildered, and thinks some stranger is breaking into his house. In the course of this larceny Tool meets an elderly lady, Maureen, and they develop a rather sweet friendship.
Through all this, Joey continues to play tricks on Chaz - with the help of her brother Corbett and Mick. Eventually Joey and her fellow tricksters perpetrate a jaw-dropping hoax, which is wonderfully effective. As they spend time together, Joey and Mick develop an attraction, which should appeal to romance fans. However, none of them stay dead. I enjoyed the book, which made me laugh. Recommended to fans of light, amusing books with a message.
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