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New Release: Star Island

41lzSnLa5FL._SL160_By Carl Hiaasen
Knopf | 352 pages
Release Date: July 27, 2010

The always entertaining and irreverent Carl Hiaasen offers up a great beach read in the form of his latest novel Star Island. The career of Cheryl Bunterman, known to the world as wayward pop-princes Cherry Pye, has hit a downward spiral owed mostly to her serious shortage of talent and voracious consumption of drugs, alcohol and men. Working furiously to stage the singer’s comeback tour is her oddball entourage, which includes a stage mother from hell, a lecherous music producer and (unknown to Cherry) “undercover stunt double”, Ann DeLusia, who makes public appearances whenever the real pop star is passed out and/or in rehab. When Ann is mistakenly kidnapped by sleazy paparazzo Bang Abbott, Cherry’s career edges ever closer to the brink of disaster, and the singer’s handlers rush furiously to find her double. The plot takes another bizarre twist when former Florida governor (now eco-guerrilla), Clinton “Skink” Tyree, who grew enamored with Ann after one brief meeting, also races to save her. Who will find Ann first? Will the press find out the double’s secret? Even worse, will Cherry herself?

What critics are saying:
Star Island is Carl Hiaasen’s twelfth novel, his previous novels include the bestselling Lucky You, Skinny Dip and Nature Girl, as well as three bestselling children’s books Scat, Flush and Hoot. Critics have found some minor flaws in the author’s skewering of the entertainment business, but most agree that it is a highly enjoyable read. Alan Cheuse writes in the San Francisco Chronicle: “…His [Hiaasen's] latest celebration of the grotesques and morally ambiguous citizens of his native Florida… [is] a concoction worth the time of any reader who wants quality entertainment.”

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