Meet twenty-two-year-old Cherry Pye (née Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was fourteen - and about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug and alcohol disaster.
Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her "undercover stunt double," Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too "indisposed" - meaning wasted - to go out in public. And it is Ann, mistaken for Cherry, who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott.
Now the challenge for Cherrys handlers (überstage mother; horndog record producer; nipped, tucked, and Botoxed twin publicists; weed whackerwielding bodyguard) is to rescue Ann while keeping her existence a secret from Cherrys public - and from Cherry herself.
The situation is more complicated than they know. Ann has had a bewitching encounter with Skink - the unhinged former governor of Florida living wild in a mangrove swamp - and now hes heading for Miami to find her ...
Will Bang Abbott achieve his fantasy of a lucrative private photo session with Cherry Pye? Will Cherry sober up in time to lip-synch her way through her concert tour? Will Skink track down Ann DeLusia before Cherrys motley posse does?
All will be revealed in this hilarious spin on life in the celebrity fast lane.
"Mr. Hiaasen can still take any aspect of pop culture and find a laugh in it." - The New York Times
"Whenever it seems as if he might be running out of oxen to gore, Carl Hiaasen comes up with fresh victims for his killing wit the outlandish events soar on the exuberance of Hiaasen's manic style, a canny blend of lunatic farce and savage satire." - The New York Times Book Review
"The torrent of pop culture barbs are bound to please Hiaasen's ardent fans." - Publishers Weekly
"This rollicking tour de force lampoons south Florida's celebrity subculture while including the obligatory environmental subplot for which Hiaasen is known. Highly recommended." - Library Journal
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of a number of novels, including Native Tongue, Strip Tease, Stormy Weather and Lucky You. He has also written a few non-fiction books, including Team Rodent and The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport. His books have been translated into 29 languages, which he points out is 28 more than he can read or write!
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