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August 8, 2010

28 Down, 24 To Go "Star Island" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

I have harbored a fondness for Carl Hiassen's thrillers for years, and Star Island kept that love alive. Filled with the author's trademark pop culture references (the plot revolves around a young Britney Spears-esque pop singer, her entourage, and paparazzi) and dark humor, Hiassen once again delivers a fast-paced, readable mystery that manages to both surprise as well as occasionally horrify.

Star Island's charm is its characters, where other thriller writers are content with one-dimensional cardboard cutouts, Hiassen manages to breathe life into every person in the novel, however ancillary. Everyone has a relevant backstory, and these histories become more relevant as the book progresses, an impressive feat.

My next book is the comics compilation Flight Volume Seven.


also at Largehearted Boy:

other 52 Books, 52 Weeks reviews

Online "best of 2009" book lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)


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