Razor Girl is his latest, and while it’s been some time since the last time I’ve read one of his books, it felt like I was back home again with his style.
As with all of his novels, Hiaasen has a tremendous sense of justice on display in this one. The good guys win, the bad guys lose, and often in hilariously spectacular fashion.
The razor girl is actually a secondary character in this one, but it’s such a legendary scam, it became title worthy. Merry is a specialist in crashing cars, but under some very specific circumstances. She works for some bad guys (but she’s one of the heart-of-gold crooks). They pay her to have an accident with someone they need to kidnap, and she does it while trimming her “landing strip”–in full view. So she hits someone from behind, they get out to an eyeful and just want to help her, so they give her a ride to a local hotel (in hopes of extra-curricular activity), and her accomplice shows up and collects the mark. It works every time, because men…
The main character is a former detective who’s been defrocked and is now a health inspector, but he’s working hard to get reinstated by solving crimes in his spare time, despite the sheriff’s direct orders to stay away. Hilarity ensues.
While Razor Girl isn’t going to be among my all-time favorites of Hiaasen’s books, it’s nevertheless a lot of fun to read. I’m partial to the books featuring Skink–the vigilante former governor who walked away from the corruption of the statehouse to live in the Everglades and bring his personal sense of justice to his world. The best!