Politics, Society and Snakes Converge in Carl Hiaasen’s Latest Comedic Thriller

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Our new Igloo Book Buzz selection is New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen’s SQUEEZE ME. Published by Knopf, this hilarious novel of social and political intrigue is set against the glittering backdrop of Florida’s gold coast. It’s the height of the Palm Beach charity ball season. When a prominent high-society matron—who happens to be a fierce supporter of the President and founding member of the POTUSSIES—goes missing at a swank gala, and is later found dead in a concrete grave, panic and chaos erupt.

“The antics of the U.S. president in the novel, and his resemblance to the current occupant of the White House,” said Hiaasen, “will be something that all readers can relate to, regardless of their politics.”

Knopf Editor Peter Gethers shared, “Working with Carl on SQUEEZE ME was exactly what you would think. Fun, interesting, easy, stimulating, and incredibly, nightmarishly horrible when he would send me snake videos and photos. I love Carl but I hate snakes.”

Author James Patterson offered this praise: “Carl Hiaasen remains the undefeated, unscored-upon conscience of Florida, maybe the conscience of the whole country. I laughed and laughed and laughed while I read SQUEEZE ME – until I remembered, hey, I live in Palm Beach! Oh yeah, spoiler alert – the python did it.”

Carl Hiaasen photo: © Elena Seibert

Posted: August 24, 2020