Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Star Island, by Carl Hiaasen
It's a book about young celebrities and their hangers-on, and the industries that feed off their marketable qualities and make plans to exploit their predestined early demises. The main characters are Cherry Pye (the party-girl singer/lip sync-er whose career is tanking), her parents, publicists, producer, actor boyfriend, and secret double, Annie; Claude Abbot, the paparazzo who is obsessed with Cherry; and the off-his-rocker former governor of Florida. Dark, raunchy, cynical, sometimes funny.