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Stormy Weather: 01/24/07

Stormy Weather

The aftermath of Hurricane Andrew inspired Carl Hiaasen to write Stormy Weather. This dark comedy pokes fun at the lowlifes and bad behavior that surface after a natural disaster. The book follows about a dozen characters and their interactions with each other as they try to screw each other over.

The problem is there are just too many characters and too much action for a book that's only 380 pages long. The scenes jump around from one absurd set of circumstances to another without time for good character development.

Of these characters I was most interested in Bonnie Brooks (the wife of kidnapped Max Lamb) and Ira Jackson who was looking for retribution for the death of his mother due to shoddy construction of the trailer park. Unfortunately their stories are watered down by stupid stuff like the ex-governor turned recluse and kidnapper and the on again and off again relationship between the two state troopers.

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