Review: Star Island

Carl Hiaasen writes some world class light fiction, and Star Island is no exception.  It’s a fast moving send up of paparazzi and their targets where everyone’s a bit larger than life and the plot’s twisty enough to hold your attention without being confusing.  Writing such a thing is harder than it looks.  Striking the right tone, keeping the characters likeable but interesting, and keeping the plot’s clockwork running but obscured is all a challenge.  Hiaasen does all that and adds the South Florida flavor that he’s well known for.

All that said, Star Island is a trifle.  I’d forgotten I’d read it until I was looking through my kindle’s book list to see how far behind I am on these reviews.  Fun, while it lasted, though.


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