Carl Hiaasen

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Star Island

book | Fiction | 2010
US → Knopf (Ed. Sonny Mehta)
UK → Little, Brown & Company (Ed. David Shelley)
Meet twenty-two-year-old Cherry Pye (née Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was fourteen - and about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster.

Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her “undercover stunt double,” Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too “indisposed” - meaning wasted - to go out in public. And it is Ann-mistaken-for-Cherry who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott.

Now the challenge for Cherry’s handlers (über–stage mother; horndog record producer; nipped, tucked, and Botoxed twin publicists; weed whacker–wielding bodyguard) is to rescue Ann while keeping her existence a secret from Cherry’s public - and from Cherry herself.

The situation is more complicated than they know. Ann has had a bewitching encounter with Skink - the unhinged former governor of Florida living wild in a mangrove swamp - and now he’s heading for Miami to find her . . .

Will Bang Abbott achieve his fantasy of a lucrative private photo session with Cherry Pye? Will Cherry sober up in time to lip-synch her way through her concert tour? Will Skink track down Ann DeLusia before Cherry’s motley posse does?

All will be revealed in this hilarious spin on life in the celebrity fast lane.

Sophie Baker manages the translation rights for Star Island

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Goldmann Verlag
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This is classic Hiaasen—demented, hilarious, and utterly over the top.
Booklist Starred Review
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Carl Hiaasen [is] Florida’s most entertainingly indignant social critic . . . He presents us with Cherry Pye, a 22-year-old pop star whose every display of narcissistic excess will send a frisson of horrified delight up your spine . . . The outlandish events soar on the exuberance of Hiaasen’s manic style, a canny blend of lunatic farce and savage satire.
New York Times

Does anyone remember what we did for fun before novelist Carl Hiaasen began turning out his satirical comedies one after another after another? . . . Star Island is a concoction worth the time of any reader who wants quality entertainment.
San Francisco Chronicle

The torrent of pop culture barbs are bound to please Hiaasen's ardent fans.
Publishers Weekly
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Hiaasen reclaims his groove in Star Island, a wicked, fizzy sendup of American celebrity culture . . . A very funny book about life in the fast lane.
Boston Globe

Hiaasen has turned out another gem.
Associated Press
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America's finest satirical novelist... the blazing conscience of the Sunshine State.

The London Observer

Clueless celebrities and criminal paparazzi provide the perfect match and the perfect metaphor for contemporary public culture.
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It's retribution time, Hiaasen-style, in this story of kidnappers and a pop singer's "stunt double."
Hiaasen's command of the machinery of farce is impressive. The subplots dovetail with satisfying clicks, and the cast of characters includes colorful oddities Michael Harris
LA Times
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