As usual, Hiaasens colorful characters from the washed-up-at-22 starlet Cherry Pye to Bang Abbott, the obsessive paparazzi who tries to kidnap her are memorable and unique, the action alternately gripping and laugh-out-loud funny, and the plot plenty weird. Longtime fans of Hiaasens absurdist mysteries will also be happy to hear that Skink the one-eyed former Florida governor who lives in the swamps, eating roadkill and tormenting tourists is back, right in the thick of things. And hes not the only character making a return performance: One of the authors most distinctive villains is back for an encore as well, weed-whacker prosthesis intact.
Hiaasen will be at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, tonight at 7:30 p.m. to read from and sign Star Island. Tickets for the free appearance will be handed out at 6:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served, one-per-person basis. For more information, visit www.tatteredcover.com or call 303-436-1070.
Wed., Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m., 2010