Star Island

By Carl Hiaasen (Mass Market, 2012)
Meet 22-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.
  • Grand Central Publishing
    • Format: Mass Market

    • Price: $8.00 US/$9.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780446556132

    • On Sale Date: 02/01/2012

    • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

    • Imprint: Grand Central Publishing

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Meet 22-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.

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of eleven previous novels, including the best-selling Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, and Lucky You, and three best-selling children's books, Hoot, Flush, and Scat. His most recent work of nonfiction is The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport. He also writes a weekly column for The Miami Herald.

  • Star Island by Carl Hiaasen

  • "The plot may seem to be boiling over. In the hands of a master farceur like Hiaasen, however, the major hijinks are just beginning."

  • "An outrageous, offbeat novel . . . . The torrent of pop culture barbs are bound to please Hiaasen's ardent fans."

  •  "This is classic Hiaasen-demented, hilarious, and utterly over the top."

  • "Hiassen has produced some of the best and certainly the funniest fiction ever written about the Sunshine State. (Newsweek).

  • The most original, offbeat, and satisfying mystery novelist working today. (San Francisco Chronicle).

  • Hiaasen [is] in the company of Preston Sturges, Woody Allen , and S. J. Perelman. (The New York Times).

  • "Whenever it seems as if he might be running out of oxen to gore, Carl Hiaasen comes up with fresh victims for his killing wit. [He is] Florida's most entertainingly indignant social critic . . .The outlandish events soar on the exuberance of Hiaasen's manic style, a canny blend of lunatic farce and savage satire."

  • "Hiaasen has turned out another gem. Readers of his previous novels can settle in for more wacky fun in the Florida sun . . . Hiaasen is blessed with a talent for writing very funny books, and Star Island gives readers another chance to enjoy it."

  • "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."

  • "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."

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Star Island
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $8.00 US/$9.00 CAN
  • Pages: 432
  • Physical Dimensions: 4-3/16" x 6-3/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780446556132
  • On Sale Date: 02/01/2012
Star Island