Deep Water

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2001 - Fiction - 210 pages
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Smokeout's bitingly entertaining portrait of a misbehaving Florida state legislature drew raves for both its inventiveness and timeliness, and the Providence Journal declared, "Carl Hiaasen may have an heir apparent". Now, Date takes out after another cherished state institution, and the results are every bit as subversive.

In the "ideal" designed community of Serenity, Florida, pride of the late theme-park king Waldo Whipple, things are far from ideal. The houses are listing, the regulations are onerous, the mayor is lecherous, and the occasional Wild Dominion animal has started turning up dead. Graffiti is sprouting in odd places -- "Serenityites Arise!" and "WWWS: What Would Waldo Say?" -- and when a reporter begins poking around, he quickly discovers that Waldo's successors have a decidedly different vision for America's Hometown -- and if certain people don't stop interfering with it, animals won't be the only things that start turning up dead. . . .

Filled with wicked humor and razor-sharp plotting, Deep Water is delightfully twisted -- and maybe more plausible than any of us would like to think.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Another nasty, funny satire from the author of Smokeout (2000), this one taking potshots at a corporation ever so slightly reminiscent of the Walt Disney Company and at a planned community just ... Read full review


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S. V. D?TE, Tallahassee bureau chief for "The Palm Beach Post," is the author of Quiet "Passion: A Biography of Senator Bob Graham" and four critically acclaimed novels.

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